The Collins Papers
The Collins Papers is one of the Military Archives’ most accessed and established archival collections.
The paperwork held in the Collins Papers was created during the period 1918 – early 1922. The paperwork contains communications (despatches and forms) between I.R.A. Brigade and Battalion Officers and predominately those holding appointments in General Headquarters including Michael Collins, Richard Mulcahy, Cathal Brugha and Gearoid O’Sullivan. The chief creator and recipient of most of the paperwork was General Michael Collins and the collection bears the title ‘The Collins Papers’ to signify that connection. The advent of the Collins Papers online presents new opportunities for a global audience to analyse the years preceding and encompassing the War of Independence and the tumultuous post Truce and Treaty period using the records created by I.R.A. leaders and General Headquarters staff.