A Walk through the Burns Stacks: The Irish Collection

Kilgannon, Tadhg. Sligo and its Surroundings; a Descriptive and Pictorial Guide to the History, Scenery, Antiquities, and Places of Interest in and around Sligo. Sligo: Kilgannon & Sons, Ltd. 1926. Irish Collection, John J. Burns Library, Boston College

Kilgannon, Tadhg. Sligo and its Surroundings; a Descriptive and Pictorial Guide to the History, Scenery, Antiquities, and Places of Interest in and around Sligo. Sligo: Kilgannon & Sons, Ltd. 1926, DA990.S6 K4 Irish.

In an effort to bring to book lovers everywhere an experience akin to wandering through the John J. Burns Library’s fascinating stacks, the photos featured in this Flickr set are the first in a series of informal glimpses of a few of the books in our special collections.  The images, which appear as a set on the Burns Library’s Flickr photostream, are from one of Burns’ best-known and most used collections – the Irish Collection, which originated with the acquisition of the library of Boston lawyer John T. Hughes in the 1940s, and has grown to international renown.  As always, we encourage anyone interested to visit the John J. Burns Library Reading Room to use these, or any, of our holdings!

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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