About Londonderry Corporation records

PRONI and Derry City Council Archive have worked together to digitise historic records from the Londonderry Corporation. Records from 1673-1901 are now available to view online.

Derry City and Strabane District Council Archive 

The Archive and Genealogical Service, located at the Tower Museum, is the access point for the Council’s archive and genealogical collections. The collections include records such as minute volumes and correspondence, plus a wide range of architectural drawings, art work on paper and private collections relating to the railway industry, the shirt factories and civil rights.

For further details about the collection or to make an appointment to access the collection please contact:

What PRONI has

PRONI holds several of the early Corporation minute books, plus records relating to finance, education, health, housing, transport, water, welfare and town planning and development. Visit the eCatalogue, and select PRONI Ref: LA/79, for more details on PRONI's Londonderry Corporation Records.

Corporation Minute Books

The earliest minute volume dates from 1673. The original hard-copy Corporation minute books are housed in two locations – volumes covering the period 1673 to 1841 reside at PRONI in Belfast, while the later volumes from 1841 to 1969 are kept in the Foyle Valley Railway Museum. To enable increased access to the 1673-1901 part of the early minute book collection, a partnership was established in December 2009 between PRONI and the Derry City Council Archive to produce digital copies which could be accessed online. This online resource is the product of the partnership.

Each minute book begins with the date of the meeting of the Common Council and a list of those members in attendance. 

Freemen Records

Registers and extracts from the Minute Books which relate to Freemen of the City have been digitised.

War Memorial Records

War Memorial records relating to soldiers who fell during WW1 and whose names appear on the War Memorial in the Diamond, L~Derry, have also been digitised.


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