The Erasmus Smith Schools Archive is a unique archive in areas of Irish Education History and Land History.

We have also directed your Agent to buy an Iron Chest to be in the custody of your Treasurer, and that the Charter Pattent, leases, Bookes, accompts and papers belonging to you, be from time to time locked in that chest; and to be delivered to the Treasurers Custody by Inventory or schedule, to be entred by him, and a duplicate thereof kept by him, and by them to be delivered over from time to time, when transferred from one Treasurer to another.

Minutes of The Board of Governors
24 February 1678


Information on the Archive holdings and access can be found through the above links. To make a query please fill in the form below or via the contacts.

The web site has several on-line resources to act as finding aids for our holdings such as the Google Maps of former schools in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and a listing of former Schools with a brief summary of their history.

These will be augmented in the coming year with a Board of Governors Register index and English School Master’s Report database.

Other useful finding aids include the “Faithful to Our Trust, a History of the Erasmus Smith Trust and The High School Dublin” by WJR Wallace is unavailable for sale but can be downloaded as a free PDF: Faithful to Our Trust book text. The book can be word searched to find information on your topic.


September, 2021
The Archive is open for researcher in-person visits, generally only from Monday-Wednesday. Access is strictly by appointment only as only one person is allowed in the facility at a time.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns and possible restrictions please continue to email for queries to check collections queries with the Archivist before arranging a visit.

Researchers are invited to come to the Archive facility to conduct primary research. Access is strictly by appointment only. Hours of access are Monday to Wednesday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. There is no charge for access although fees can apply to requests by email or post. The Archive is located on the grounds of The High School, Dublin.

Archive information brochure click archive brochure

Please register on arrival at HSD Reception and fill out the visitor questionnaire or bring this form completed regarding Covid-19 contacts.

Queries will be dealt with via email or phone as much as possible.


Alan Phelan, Archivist Erasmus Smith Schools, ‘Danum’, Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 492 2611 extension 131 Fax: +353 1 492 4427
for information on The High School, Dublin please go to


The High School, Dublin celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020. Donations of any ephemera, documents, school reports, badges from Past Pupils or anyone associated with the school are most welcome and can be left with Reception at any time or by contacting the Archivist Alan Phelan at

The Archive continues its membership of the Digital Repository of Ireland for 2021 and will be digitizing and depositing material this year with them – more info on this project soon

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    Older Events:

    Culture Night 2021

    The Archive participated in Culture Night again in 2021.

    Culture Night 2019

    The Archive participated in Culture Night for the first time in 2019.