The Salamanca Archive
The archive of the Irish College in Salamanca was deposited in St Patricks College, Maynooth on the closure of the Irish college in 1952. It is the property of the Irish Episcopal Conference and contains documents spanning from the late sixteenth to the mid-twentieth century. In total, the collection contains the archives of the Irish Colleges in Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Madrid, Alcala de Henares and Lisbon and also contains some material from the English College in Valladolid.
The collection contains over 50,0000 individual items which include student oaths, rectors private papers, accounts, leases, books of income and expenditure and material concerning mortgages and annuities. The Irish College is, reputedly, the first of its kind on the continent and at the time of its closure, in the 1950's was the oldest Irish educational foundation in existence.