The original Dublin City Electoral Lists are in printed format and are held at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The Electoral Lists were maintained by Dublin City Council (then Dublin Corporation) on an annual basis in the Town Clerk's Department at City Hall. The two officials who carried out this work during this period were Stephen J. Hand, a general office assistant who was responsible for all matters relating to the franchise list, and James J. Henry, assistant to the Town Clerk, to whom Hand reported. Each Electoral List was printed and bound by Cahill & Co., Great Charles Street, Dublin; the Electoral List was then issued on 31st December and was valid for the following calendar year.
Names are entered according to electoral ward, which in turn are entered in alphabetical order i.e. Arran Quay Ward; Fitzwilliam Ward; Inns Quay Ward, etc. Voters are grouped within each ward according to category i.e. Parliamentary and Local Government Voters; Freeholders and Leaseholders; Lodgers; and Freemen. Within each category, voters are listed street-by-street with streets being entered in alphabetical order.
To date, the Dublin City Electoral Lists for 1908-1915 have been digitised and a fully-searchable database produced, which now contains over 400,000 records. The project is directed by Dublin City Archivist Dr. Mary Clark. Scanning of Dublin City Electoral Lists is by Informa Ireland; OCR and production of database by John Grenham.
At the end of 2014 the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) ran a competition to mark the Decade of Centenaries (1912-1922). This period marks a significant time in modern Irish history and provides an important juncture for both national reflection and commemoration. As champions of long-term digital preservation, the Decade of Centenaries Award was established by DRI in order to engage with custodians of valuable digital heritage material. Digital archivists from DRI provided best practice guidance and digital preservation services to the three winners – the National Irish Visual Arts Library, Dublin City Archives and the Irish Capuchin Provincial Archives, and specially selected material from each institution was prepared for ingestion and display in DRI’s repository. This award was funded by the Irish Research Council through their New Foundations Programme.