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Harry Clarke Studios Archive

Internal/External Partners if any
Potential collaboration with other organisations (cultural and commercial) holding examples of Harry Clarke stained glass, artworks and records, including the National Library, Various galleries and RTE.

Language of Materials

Media Types
Images and text.

Demonstrator Project Description
The Trinity College Library Dublin Demonstrator Project will involve the digitisation and cataloguing of the Harry Clarke Studios Archive, held in the Manuscripts and Archives department of Trinity College Library Dublin (TCD MSS 5970-6167; 11182).  Harry Clarke, the stained glass artist (1889-1931) was the son of a church decorator who ran a stained glass manufactory, Clarke Stained Glass Studios.  Trinity College Library owns the business papers of the Clarke Stained Glass Studios.  This is comprised of order books, correspondence with clients, photographs and artworks by a number of the people employed in the business. There are over one hundred order books, 83 boxes of associated business materials, and over 1,700 artworks from the period 1894 to 1972.

Demonstrator deliverables
The Digital Repository of Ireland will improve access to the material within the archive and allow it to be discovered and explored by academia and the wider public.  The DRI interface will provide the ability to search across the images and texts, and to access the objects on screen.  The repository will ensure these valuable records are preserved and accessible long into the future.

One of the unique elements of the project is its library-centric nature, representing as it does the image- and text-based content which many future partner libraries will be interested in making available via the Digital Repository of Ireland.  This project, therefore, provides an opportunity to learn about the requirements presented by such material, within the context of DRI.

The project also provides the opportunity to explore collaborations with other organisations nationally and internationally, as well as the requirements for multi-institutional support.