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Irish History


WWII & Postwar (1940s-1950s)

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.

    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. 

    To find material in Burns written during this time period, try searching while limiting dates to items published between 1940 and 1965. Suggested search terms, and example items, include:

    World War, 1939-1945 AND 'Irish OR Ireland'

    Sources: Data & Statistics

    To access additional data sets, visit BC Libraries' Historical Data & Statistics page.

    Sources: Government Documents & the Law

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

    Sources: Maps

    To access additional Irish map collections and digital projects, visit BC Libraries' Irish Maps page.

    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.

    Second World War in Primary Sources