The Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) is a public body founded in 1928.
Its remit is based on the principles of dissemination, preservation and
promotion of original source materials in public and private ownership for
the history and cultural heritage of Ireland.
Since 1930 the Commission has established a proud record of publication and
it is recognised nationally and internationally as a publisher of primary
sources for the histories and cultures of Ireland. It has overseen the
publication of over 190 titles, mainly editions of original manuscripts. Its
serial publication, Analecta Hibernica, of which the first volume appeared
in 1930 and the 46th volume was published in 2015, is devoted to the
publication of shorter manuscripts, lists and reports. It also carries
reports of the Commission's activities.
IMC continues to promote awareness of primary sources for history among the
general public and to advise the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the
Gaeltacht, when requested, on matters relating to manuscripts.
Today the demand for the Commission's publications comes from a broad
catchment area of scholarship. A wide range of disciplines need primary
resource materials and rely on having available guides to, and calendars of,
primary sources. These include historians (social, political and economic),
anthropologists, linguists, political and social scientists, historical
geographers, genealogists, demographers and those engaged in gender and
IMC publications are an essential resource for Irish Studies courses in
academic institutions throughout the world. Copies of IMC publications are
routinely lodged in thirteen copyright libraries throughout Ireland and the