The Letters of 1916 project is the first public humanities project in Ireland. Its goal is to create a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916).
The Letters 1916 project includes letters held at institutions (in Ireland and abroad), alongside those in private collections. The collection will include letters by private individuals, soldiers, and officials: be they letters that comment on the Easter Rising, literature and art, the Great War, politics, business, or ordinary life.
This will result in an online collection for the public, created by the public, which will add a new perspective to the events of the period, a confidential and intimate perspective that will create a new picture of early 20th Century life in Ireland.
Through these letters we will bring life to the written words, the last words, the unspoken words, and the forgotten words.
ADDING YOUR LETTERS held at home to this virtual collection, allowing privately held letters to be read alongside those held in public institutions.
Any letter written between 1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916 is eligible for inclusion in the archive as long as it has some connection to Ireland. It can be:
- written to or from somebody in Ireland
- contain content relevant to Ireland
Letters can be personal letters, business letters, letters written by officials in government. They can be about any topic. They must, however, be a letter (no diaries, memos, journals, or other document types). Letters written at a later time describing the events of 1916 cannot be included.
If you have a letter and are unsure of its suitability, please contact us
TRANSCRIBING previously uploaded letters. Pick a topic you are interested in and be part of the research process:
Art and Literature, Battle of the Somme, Business, Children, City and Town Life, Country Life, Crime, Easter Rising Ireland 1916, Faith, Family Life, Irish Question, Last Letters before Death, Love Letters, Official Documents, Patronage, Politics, World War 1: 1914-1918