Wilkie Photographers

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleWilkie Photographers
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/U399
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/wilkie-photographers
Creation Datesc1890-c1910
Extent Medium96 items


Creator(s): Wilkie & Son Photographers

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Wilkie & Son photographic studio/office was based at 48A King Street (now MacCurtain Street), Cork. The business seems to have been established between 1892 and 1905 and it was still in operation in 1945.
  • Archival History ↴

    The majority of the studio’s collection appears to have been destroyed when the studio closed in the ?1950s.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Wilkie & Son Photographers ↴

    Photographic prints, created or collected by Wilkie Photographers, including 3 items from Guys photographers of Cork (U399/8, /9, /83). All are undated, however, most appear to date from the 1890- 1910 period, but a number may be slightly earlier or later.

    Mainly consists of photographs of streets, buildings, quays and bridges in Cork City, particularly Patrick’s Street, Grand Parade, South Mall, and Merchant’s Quay (for example, U399/38, /41, /45, /56, /79). Sailing ships, steam ships and electric tramways are in evidence in some of the photographs. 6 items relate to Queens College / University College Cork, including the exterior of the Aula Maxima; and the exterior of the Crawford astronomical observatory (U399/18, /22, /81 etc.).

    4 items relate to the 1902 Cork Exhibition buildings and grounds. (U399/1, /2, /4, /74)

    Only 7 studio / portrait photographs are present in the collection (see U399/48 – /52, /90 , /91), presumably representing only a tiny fraction of the output of Wilkie & Sons Photographers over a number of decades.

    14 photographs relate to the town of Queenstown (now Cobh), County Cork, including some of the harbour (U399/58 and /60), and including 3 of the warship HMS Triumph (U399/61, 64, 69).

    Also found are a single items relating to other locations, including, Monkstown, Glenbrook, pilgrims at Gougane Barra, Youghal Blackwater bridge, and Ross Castle in Killarney (U399/46)

    Most prints are of fair to good quality. Some of the prints may also be early copies of similar items, possibly from the Lawrence Collection.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Reference number order

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket
Conditions Governing ReproductionSubject to rules governing reproduction of records of CCCA
Creation Datesc1890-c1910
Extent Medium96 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Descriptive list, and Index of Places Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialLawrence Collection, National Library of Ireland Collections in the National Photographic Archive

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40118