The archives of the Library contain a substantial volume of papers, invoices, correspondence and other documentation, relating to the formation of the collection.
Originally housed in London, the archives represent Chester Beatty's selection from his wider business and family records of the material relevant to the history of his collection which he brought with him to Dublin.
Access to the archives is by appointment only and until the programme of listing to modern archival standards is complete, it is not possible to provide free access to the material.
Instead, the material is provided on an ad-hoc basis on request.
Chester Beatty Library Archival Groups
CBL Arc/1/- Chester Beatty Papers (CBP) c.1890s-1968
CBL Arc/2/- The Chester Beatty Library Trust (CBL) 1968-
CBL Arc/3/- Mrs Edith Beatty’s Horse Engagement Book (Ac 1998.5)
CBL Arc/4/- Beatty Family scrapbook (Ac 1999.16)
CBL Arc/5/- Collection of photographs and newspaper cuttings. Donation of Mrs Norah Quie (Ac 2000.2)
CBL Arc/6/- Correspondence between James C. Beatty (nephew) and Alfred Chester Beatty. Donated by Mr Warren Grossman, New York. (Ac 2002.266)
CBL Arc/7/- Beatty Family photographic album (Ac 2004.1)
CBL Arc/8/- Extracts from diary of Miss Caitriona Delargy, Secretary to A. Chester Beatty (Ac 2004/2)
CBL/Arc/9/- Photocopies of notes concerning Chester Beatty Western manuscripts sent for sale, Sotheby’s London (1932-33).
CBL/Arc/10/- Glass lantern slides of Japan, marked ‘Watson’
CBL/Arc/11/- Notebooks of A. Chester Beatty c.1920s-30s. Donated by Dr Brian Kennedy, January 2007.