George Hugh McLean Collection

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleGeorge Hugh McLean Collection
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,727
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1914-1980
Extent Medium1 box


Creator(s): McLean, George Hugh, 1890-1971

  • Administrative History ↴

    George Hugh McLean FRPS was the son of Hugh McLean of Ballyarden, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, a house steward on the Rockingham estate, and Edith Moore, originally from Topsham in Devon. Prior to joining the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, McLean worked at the Albert Agriculture College, Glasnevin, specialising in the photography of plants. He later was assigned to the Royal Engineers, 36th Ulster Division, Signal Company. He saw action in France during World War I and was awarded the Military Medal following the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Battle of Langemark). Returning to Dublin after the War, he opened a Photography Studio in Clare Street. He worked on commissions he received from State bodies and supplied photographs and slides for botanical books and journals. He subsequently worked as technician in the Department of Plant Pathology, University College Dublin. A member of the Zoological Society of Ireland and the Photographic Society of Ireland, he died in June 1971.
  • Archival History ↴

  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: McLean, George Hugh, 1890-1971 ↴

    The George Hugh McLean Papers is a collection of documentation, photographs, correspondence and memorabilia that relates to McLean’s period of service with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Royal Engineers during World War I. Also included are letters of warning sent to McLean from the I.R.A. (dated 1922), a newscutting and printings containing some of McLean’s botanical and scientific photographs.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection has no defined arrangement.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1914-1980
Extent Medium1 box
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialThe George Hugh McLean Photographic Collection is housed in the National Photographic Archive, see PC02 Lot18.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFiona Hughes
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions41944