The Letters of 1916 project is the first public humanities project in Ireland. It is creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916).

Begun in September 2013, this digital collection includes letters held at institutions in Ireland and abroad alongside those in private collections. There are hundreds of letters connecting thousands of lives commenting a myriad of topics including the Easter Rising, literature and art, the Great War, politics, business, and ordinary life. Letters of 1916 adds a new perspective to the events of the period, a confidential and intimate glimpse into early 20th Century life in Ireland, as well as how Ireland was viewed abroad.

On 2 March 2016 the project launched its discovery database providing unrivaled access to the hopes and dreams, frustrations and joys, of those living a century ago. Explore the collection by date, place, correspondent and topic, all with full text transcriptions and images of each letter.  

The project has over 1300 transcribers. Join us in creating this important new collection by registering to be a transcriber here or adding a letter from your family allowing their story to become part of a national narrative.

Click on the infographic below to view a full-size version:

2015                2014