PRONI Records on CAIN
About this section
The Public Records
This section within the CAIN Web site contains public records related to the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland that were selected from the collection held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The records mainly cover the years 1968 to 1987, with some additional records from 1964 and 1965 related to the issue of education. The selection of records was made to complement the key events and issues that are covered on CAIN.
The Digital Collection
Currently there are 1,731 PRONI public records on the CAIN site (comprised of approximately 7,300 pages). Since the launch in October 2010, the original collection of records has been extended seven times. CAIN will continue to monitor the use made of the records and extend the collection again if funding can be secured.
The main method of locating records is via the search page. However it is also possible to browse lists of the documents. In addition links to PRONI records have also been added within the main CAIN Chronologies. These links are highlighted by the following image:
An example of a citation/reference for a record is as follows:
Future Policy Group. (1972). 'Future Policy Group: An Integration Solution', (25 August 1977), Paper from the Future Policy Group to W. Whitelaw, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, [PRONI Public Records CAB/9/J/90/10; 6 pages], [PDF; 912KB]. Belfast: PRONI. ... 
This is made up of:
the author; the year the document was produced; the title of the record; an exact date - day, month, year - if available; a note - if required - to suplement the title; the PRONI reference number for the record; the number of pages; the type of digital file (all PDFs); the size of the digital file in kilobytes; the place when the file is stored (all Belfast); the holding organisation (all PRONI).
The Menu Bars
The above menu bar (the blue bar at the top of the page) provides links to information about the PRONI records on CAIN and also links to allow users to browse the records or use the search facility. This menu bar is used on all the pages related to the PRONI records.
The menu bar at the bottom of each page is a standard CAIN menu and contains links to the main CAIN Web site.
This section of CAIN uses a set of Access Keys.
Staff from both PRONI and CAIN worked together to select the relevant records, digitise them, and then prepare the Web pages on CAIN. The following were the main people involved:
- Management of project: David Huddleston (PRONI), Janet Hancock (PRONI), Carrie Green (PRONI), and Brendan Lynn (CAIN)
- Selection of documents: Brendan Lynn (CAIN)
- Scanning of documents: Carrie Green (PRONI)
- Preparation of PDF versions: Brendan Lynn (CAIN)
- Citations for documents: Brendan Lynn (CAIN)
- Web design and content: Brendan Lynn (CAIN), and Martin Melaugh (CAIN)
- Search programme: Mike McCool (INCORE)
Staff at CAIN would like thank PRONI for agreeing to the use of PRONI records at the CAIN Web site.
The new section on CAIN was launched on Wednesday 6 October 2010 at a public event on the Magee campus of the University of Ulster.
Documents from the 1980 New Year releases were made available on 7 April 2011.
Documents from the 1981 New Year releases were made available on 28 June 2012.
Documents from the 1982 New Year releases were made available on 26 April 2013.
Documents from the 1983 and 1984 New Year releases were made available on 12 August 2014.
Documents from the 1985 New Year releases were made available on 16 October 2015.
Documents from the 1986 New Year releases were made available on 28 January 2016.
Documents from the 1987 New Year releases were made available on 10 August 2016.