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Irish History


Long 19th Century

This is an introductory guide to resources available to students at Boston College on Irish History.

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    Home Rule Map of Ireland from 1897

    Jas Ballance, Home Rule Map of Ireland, Map, 1893, Library of Congress.

    Broad Digital Collections

    These are collections with extensive content, covering dozens of topics related Irish history. We recommend trying each of these to see if they are relevant to your research.

    Digital Collections for Irish History

    Burns Box


    In our very own special collections library (Burns), you'll find an impressive array of material on Irish History. It's one of BC's areas of focus. If you're studying the topic it's well worth the trip to hold that history in your hands.

    To do so, you should start by searching for material through BC Libraries' catalog and then ordering it (if you haven't registered, you'll be prompted). For a guide on the process, check out the "Finding Burns Material" page. 

    For more Burns resources on specific topics, check the Burns Blog for posts on The 1798 rebellion, The Act of Union 1800, Catholic Emancipation, and The Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór).

    Sources: Government Documents & the Law

    For other Legal History Resources for British History, visit BC Libraries' British History Research Guide.

    Sources: Literature

    For more on accessing Irish literature, visit BC Libraries' Irish Literature and Language resource guide.

    Sources: Maps

    For more maps, visit BC Libraries' Historical Maps page.

    Sources: Newspapers

    Broad Coverage

    Individual Title(s)

    For more historical news, visit BC Libraries' Irish Historical News resource guide.

    Sources: Personal Papers (Letters, Diaries, and More)