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Boston College University Archives


Getting Started


Burns Library holds the Boston College University Archives—non-current records having permanent historical, legal, fiscal, or administrative value. University Archives also includes professional and personal papers of some faculty and alumni, as well as publications by and about Boston College. Records created prior to 1969 are generally available for research use; access to more recent records is restricted except by special permission 

Use the left hand navigation to explore the many types of University Archives resources available. We have organized this guide to be helpful for common types of Boston College historical research. The FAQ page answers the questions we consistently receive from researchers. If you don't see an answer for your question(s), or need any help, please contact us.

While many items have been digitized, are full text searchable, and available online, much more is only available via in-person visits to the reading room. If you find something of interest, you are welcome to schedule a visit to the reading room

Scheduling a Visit

Burns Library has an online request management system.  As you identify what you would like to see, click the "Schedule visit to use in Burns Library" link in the catalog record. 

When prompted to sign-in, either use the Boston College sign-in box to register as a researcher using your BC username and password or use the Guest Researcher box to create an account without a BC username.

Once you've reviewed our registration policies and filled out the registration form, you'll return to the request form.

To complete the form:

  • For published material: Review item information and add details on the specific volume or copy you wish to see (if needed)

  • Archives Request formFor archival material:  Review collection information and add the boxes you want to see in the Box field.

    • Materials are viewed at a box level, so you only need to list each box once

    • Refer to the finding aid in order to identify the boxes you would like to see in the reading room (found at the end of the catalog record under Links). For digital material, enter the Digital Content number from the finding aid in place of box number.

  • Leave any notes on your request in the Special Requests/Questions field (optional)

  • Schedule the date you would like to visit the reading room (check our hours for more details) at the end of the request form, and press submit.

The reading room staff will have the materials ready for your visit. You'll simply need to show a school or government-issued ID and take a photograph to finish your registration process. 

For help navigating to Burns Library, see Planning Your Visit