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Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: Languages

How Special Collections can help you with your research, teaching, learning & assignments.

Introduction to Languages Resources

Special Collections & Archives have a wide range of sources to assist research on languages, literatures and culture. These vary dependent on the language being studied and vary from collections donated by individuals to thematic collections such as Transmissions & Transformations of the Ancient World.


  • Byrne Costigan: Ethna Byrne Costigan (1904-1991) was Professor of Romance Languages in UCC (1939-1969). We also hold a small collection of Byrne Costigan academic papers created by found during the cataloguing of her library.
  • Older Printed Books
  • O'Flaherty-Servais: Kathleen O'Flaherty (1916-1994) was a lecturer and professor (1930s, 1970 – 1982) in UCC's Department of French. Yvonne Servais (?- 1994) was also a lecturer (1953- 1982) in the same department.
  • The Ryan of Inch Collection: 18th & 19th century letters and military awards in French to various members of the Ryan family.


Spanish, Portuguese and Latin Studies:

  • Cooke: William Cooke (1865-1955) was the first lecturer (1911-1938) in the Department of Spanish at UCC.
  • Older Printed Books
  • Sexton: Lieut.-Col. Sexton, a graduate of UCC and surgeon in the Indian Medical Service, donated many items including a number of items to UCC from 1889 onwards.
  • The Ryan of Inch Collection: 18th century Spanish documents related to the employment of Don Jorge Rian or George Ryan (1748-1805) with the Spanish Government. Sent to live with an uncle in Spain when 9, he accompanied his widowed aunt and her second husband to Peru aged 16, and in 1770 he was appointed Sergeant Major of the regiment of Militia of Guanta.


Heritage Week - Matters French: An Online Exhibition

Caussin, Nicolas. The Holy Court, in five books. Trans. Thomas Hawkins. Corke: Printed and sold by Eugene Swiney, 1767.


Philipp Andreas Nemnich (1764–1822) was a German lexicographer. In 1799 he compiled a commercial dictionary in twelve languages, the Waaren-lexicon (Dictionary of wares) of 1797-1802. In parallel with this dictionary he compiled an edition for publication in England: Universal European Dictionary of Merchandise: in the English, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Latin Languages.

Opening Hours

Following Government directives that higher education institutions should close, UCC physical campus is closed. If you have any queries relating to our collections please email as this email address will be monitored regularly. 

Face-to-face services at Special Collections & Archives have resumed in a limited capacity as of 20 July 2020: Monday-Friday 10-12:45. Please note that we will have reduced capacity due to social distancing measures, and access will be by appointment only. Walk-ins and same-day requests will not be possible. To book items & a workspace please click HERE.

UCC Library's new Scan and Deliver Service is now live! Submit a request and we'll scan a book chapter/journal article and deliver it to you via email. There will be limited access to material from Special Collections. Every effort will be made to fulfill requests but this may not always be possible due to availability, copyright restrictions, size and condition of materials.