Murtagh Collection

Repository: RTE Stills Library

Identity Statement

TitleMurtagh Collection
Archive ReferenceIE RTÉ Archives/Murtagh
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1911-1932
Extent MediumThe collection is comprised of 401 images digitised from lantern slides.


Creator(s): Contact RTÉ Archives Service for information

  • Administrative History ↴

    The photographs in this collection have been compiled according to the personal interests of the collector and the images taken are not attributed to a sole photographer. The only photographers or agencies mentioned on the slides are 'Stanley, Dublin', 'Hogan, Dublin' 'Hogan Bros, Dublin' but there may also be images in this collection taken by unidentified photographers. The majority of the lantern slides are made by (i) G Mayne and (ii) Thomas H Mason and Sons 5-6 Dame Street, opticians, photographic dealers, and laboratory dealers. It is not clear whether the slides are made from images that were widely available at the time, or if they are personal images made into slides. It could be a case of both. In some cases the slides are made from pages from books.
  • Archival History ↴

    The collection was purchased purchased by RTÉ in 1980.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Contact RTÉ Archives Service for information ↴

    This collection covers a diversity of topics including the visit of King George V to Ireland in 1911, the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, the 1932 Eucharistic Congress, Irish holy wells and ancient sites and views of Italian cities dating from the early part of the twentieth century.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further major accruals expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is held in a linear arrangement in reference number order.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions All of the images in the Murtagh Collection are fully catalogued and available to view via the online catalogue with the RTÉ watermark. Unwatermarked images, whether high or low resolution, are only issued via Stills Library staff.
Conditions Governing ReproductionImages can be reproduced with permission only and according to rate card published on RTÉ Stills Library Online. An online ordering system exists.
Creation Dates1911-1932
Extent MediumThe collection is comprised of 401 images digitised from lantern slides.
Characteristics Tech ReqAll of the images were scanned as high resolution jpegs. Most are 18MB in size with a pixel dimension of 2048 x 3072
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available to search online at: Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationSince 2001 the originals have been housed in the National Photographic Archive with the digital images being held by RTÉ Archives.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteRTE Stills library
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
Date of Descriptions2014