Records of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleRecords of the Irish Countrywomen's Association
Archive ReferenceIE leDuNL MS/ 39,284/1- 39,890
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Datesc1930-1991
Extent Medium205 boxes


Creator(s): Irish Countrywomen's Association

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Irish Countrywomen's Association (ICA) evolved from the United Irishwomen (UI), founded in 1910, with the aim of promoting 'better living' for rural women. From the outset the organisation was concerned with issues such as family health, education and horticulture. One of the founders of the UI, Ellice Pilkington, outlined the work of the UI under the headings "Agriculture and Industries, Domestic Economy and Social and Intellectual Development." Training and instructing women in these areas was seen as a way of working for the good of the whole country and improving the lot of rural women and families in particular.
  • Archival History ↴

    This collection was donated to the National Library of Ireland in 2000
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Irish Countrywomen's Association ↴

    The collection includes material concerning the ICA in relation to it’s constitution, development, financial records, correspondence, education and social affairs, photographs, press cuttings and documents concerning public and international relations.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The descriptive list of the records of the ICA has been developed from the catalogue compiled in 1995 by Rachel Scahill for the Ad Hoc History committee. The arrangement is broadly chronological and is based on the function or source of the records.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland reader's ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Datesc1930-1991
Extent Medium205 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Collection List No. 76 Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteJennifer Doyle and Peter Kenny, 2003. Fiona 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 Descriptions42217