RHA Archives

The RHA Archive directory is available here as a PDF searchable format. Researchers are invited to search this PDF. If there are any documents or files which a researcher wants to find further information on, we ask them to email their request, giving their name and contact details, name of their college or University where applicable and the purpose of their research to: info@rhagallery.ie

Requests will be responded to individually and access arranged. The archive is open one day per month during the academic year to researchers who have made requests to view documents. The requested files or documents only are made available on that day under the supervision of the RHA’s Archivist. Some confidential files cannot be made available.

Click here to download the Archive PDF


The Academy archivist is Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA. O’Connor holds a BA and PhD from UCD, and a first class honours MBA from DIT. She is an art historian and curator specialising in Irish art from 1850-1950, and author and editor of books, articles and reviews of Irish art. Her biography of former President of the RHA, Seán Keating (1889-1977) (President from 1950 until 1962), entitled Seán Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation (Kildare: Irish Academic Press) was published in 2013. She has lectured on Irish, European and American art in cultural institutions and universities at home and abroad, and was elected an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Art in 2010. O’Connor is a Research Associate with TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre, TCD. Having catalogued the RHA archives in 2010, O’Connor runs the archive on a voluntary basis. The archive is open, strictly by appointment only, one Friday a month during the academic year (February – May). Request for material, citing reference numbers from the PDF, must be sent to the Academy Co-ordinator in advance, after which O’Connor will make contact to arrange an appointment.

For general enquires or to make an appointment, please contact the Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride – phone 01 6612558 / email kate@rhagallery.ie

Image: Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA, Photograph by John Searle.