CollectionFriends of the National Collections
Collection DescriptionThe Friends of the National Collections is a voluntary body founded in 1924 by the Irish artist Sarah Purser. The organisation was established to help preserve Ireland's artistic heritage at a time when there was little or no State support for developing art collections in Ireland. The Friends raise funds via contribution, gifts or bequests, to secure works of art and artefacts of artistic importance and historic interest to give to the country's public collections throughout the 32 counties. To date some 800 works of art, from the 14th century to the present day, have been donated to national museums, art galleries and libraries. (
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Annual Reports


Cyril McKeon's F.N.C.I. Materials

Cyril McKeon's F.N.C.I. Materials

Ethna Waldron's F.N.C.I. Materials

Exhibition Catalogs and Other Published Materials

F.N.C.I. Exhibitions

F.N.C.I. Newspaper Cuttings

General Correspondence

Gift Catalogue Project

Maggie Brittain Thesis

Membership Records 1972-1993

Minutes and Reports 1924-1977

Minutes and Reports of Annual General Meetings 1977-1994

Minutes and Reports of Councils, Executives, and Sub-Committees 1971-1994

Miscellaneous F.N.C.I. Ephemera

Records of The Honorary Treasurer

Special Events

Statements of Accounts

AccessBy prior appointment

To date, Friends of the National Collections has donated approximately 800 artworks, dating from the 14th century to the present day, to national museums, as well as art galleries and libraries.

Repository NameNational Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL)
AddressThe Clock Building National College of Art & Design 100 Thomas Street Dublin 8
EircodeD08 K521
Telephone(01) 636-4347
Repository Web Address
CommentWe are grateful for the assistance provided by Anne Hodge, Administrator, in compiling a list for the original Directory.