Burns Library Information
If you aren't sure that the Burns Library has what you're looking for or if you'd like to talk to a librarian about Burns materials to support your research, then please contact us at 617-552-4861 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Boston College University Libraries Hours Page to view the Burns Library's hours.
The Burns Library's entrance is on the side of the Bapst building facing Boston College's main gate on Commonwealth Avenue. Look at this Boston College Chestnut Hill campus map for more detailed information.
For more information about doing research at the Burns Library, please see the Burns Library's Libguide.
From the Burns Library's Beckett Collection
The correspondence between Samuel Beckett and his American Director Alan Schneider is available for your perusal in the Burns Library Reading Room. This correspondence has also been published by Harvard University Press under the title No Author Better Served, edited by Maurice Harmon.
What Is A Finding Aid?
A record in the library catalog will help you find archival collections of interest. However, archival collections are complex resources comprised of unique things created and collected uniquely. One listing is not enough to help you navigate to the relevant box or folder.
Finding aids help you get there! A finding aid is document that describes the materials in context and includes information about the materials' history (provenance), a biographical or historical note about who created or collected the material, a description of the scope of the material (size, subjects, media), statements about organization and arrangement, and an inventory of the material itself.
Finding aids are often linked to records in the catalog. Unfortunately, some finding aids are available only in the Burns Library. Contact a librarian or archivist if you need help!
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Archives & Manuscripts Search Tips
When searching in Holmes, the BC Libraries Online Discovery Tool, try limiting your search to material at the Burns Library and/or the format "Archives/Manuscripts."
When using the advanced search option, consider adding one of these to your query:
Local Collection Name:
- "MSS ARCHIVE" (for papers or organizational records)
- "BC ARCHIVE" (for BC University records)
- "FINDING AID" (for all collections with finding aids online)
Keywords in Subject:
Keywords in Title: