The first special collection at Boston College, established by University Librarian Terence Connolly, SJ in the 1930s, the British Catholic Authors collection features the manuscripts and published works of leading Catholic writers in the British Isles from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
Noted especially for principal archival holdings of Hilaire Belloc, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Jennings, Alfred Noyes, Coventry Patmore, Anthony Rhodes, and Francis Thompson, this collecting area also includes significant archival materials pertaining to Maurice Baring, G.K. Chesterton, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Alice and Wilfrid Meynell, John Henry Newman, Edith Sitwell, and Evelyn Waugh, among others. The output of British Catholic publishers, such as Burns, Oates and Washbourne, are well represented.
Several British Jesuit authors, editors, and scholars helped to form these collections and left their papers to Boston College.
Burns Library also collects British fine and private press collections, including, but not limited to, Aylesford, Golden Cockerel, Nonesuch, St. Dominic's, September, Skelton, and Stanbrook Abbey (including archival material).