The library holds a number of collections of historical interest, originally privately collected or belonging to orchestral and choral societies active in Dublin in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- The collections of the Sons of Handel and the Antient Concerts Society, who maintained a continuous choral tradition from 1790 – 1863 that was at the centre of musical life in Dublin.
- The collection of the Anacreontic Society, an orchestral society active in Dublin from 1740 – 1865.
- The Hudleston Collection of solo and chamber music for guitar, collected by Josiah Andrew Hudleston (1799-1865) and featuring 19th century works in original and contemporary editions. Available online in digital format via library.riam.ie (select “Hudleston Collection”) or at the following direct link.
- The Joan Trimble Collection the personal collection of books and scores owned by the composer and pianist.
The library also holds most of the published works of Michele Esposito (1855-1929), a Neapolitan composer, conductor and musician who was a central figure in the RIAM and in Dublin musical life from 1882 to 1928.
There are also printed and manuscript works by other RIAM composers such as Robert Stewart and Joseph Robinson.
For more information about the Special Collections and access to these, please contact the librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or +353-1-6325318.