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John J. Burns Library



Boston College's special collections and rare books, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance.

Franciscan Antiphoner

Franciscan Antiphoner

Franciscan antiphoner (sanctorale) with sequences (14th century)

A liturgical manuscript that contains the antiphons (psalms, chants, verses) sung during the Canonical hours, also known as the Divine Office or Breviary. Enclosed are 119 leaves of manuscript on vellum. This work is particularly noteworthy for its apparently unrecorded 14-stanza sequence in honor of St. Francis and an extremely rare example of Franciscan polyphony.

Irish Music Collections

The Irish Music Archives of the John J. Burns Library documents the history of Irish traditional music in America, through recordings, manuscripts, sheet music, books, and more.

Through the archives page of the Irish music research guide, you may download guides (finding aids) to selected Irish music collections in the Burns Library.

Selected Music Manuscripts and Rare Books

Selected Books about Music

Selected books about music at the Burns Library: