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Irish History


The Troubles (1960s-1998)

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.

    Map of Ulster Province, Ireland

    Caption: [Map of Ulster Province, Ireland], Map, [188?], Library of Congress.

    CIA Map of Ireland

    Central Intelligence Agency, Europe: Ireland Locator Map, 2020,

    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.

    Broad Digital Collections from Ireland

    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. 

    In addition to manuscript collections, Burns Library holds printed materials published during the Troubles. To find these materials, try searching in the catalog and including a date limiter of 1960-2000. Suggested search terms include:

    For more Burns resources on Northern Ireland and the Troubles, check the Burns box on the Northern Ireland guide

    Books in O'Neill

    O'Neill Library houses a significant amount of scholarship on Irish history. You can find some of the more recent scholarship through the following links.

    Sources: Government Documents & the Law

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

    Sources: Newspapers

    Broad Coverage

    Individual Title(s)

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

    Sources: Photographs

    Topics: Foreign Policy

    Topics: Borders and Migration

    Topics: Human Rights

    For additional suggestions, visit BC Libraries' Human Rights History research guide.

    Topics: International Organizations

    For additional international organizations' primary source sets, see the cooresponding Global History Research Guide.

    Topics: Northern Ireland and the Troubles

    For additional help

    For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at or schedule an appointment with them.