ITMA holds and preserves the largest multimedia collection in existence dedicated to the historical and contemporary materials of Irish traditional song, instrumental music, and dance.

Sound recordings: Phonograph cylinders, 78rpm gramophone discs, acetate discs, vinyl recordings (SP, EP, LP), ¼" reel-to-reel tapes, standard and DAT audio cassettes, CDs, as well as digital audio files in various formats

Texts: Ballad sheets, chapbooks, sheet music, song collections, instrumental music collections, dance collections, music studies, background studies, reference works, periodicals, and ephemera such as programmes, catalogues, postcards, leaflets, flyers, posters, and newspaper clippings

Manuscripts: Music manuscripts, card indexes, research notes, letters, lecture scripts, typescript theses

Images: Drawings, prints, photographs, negatives, slides, microfilms, video cassettes, DVDs, digital video files in various formats

Artefacts: Musical instruments, statues, badges, coins, trinkets

The physical collections are held in our premises at 73 Merrion Square with digitised selections available online.