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Secondary Sources

Image of detail of Burns doorway showing two scholars reading book

Detail of the Burns Library Doorway

Secondary sources are a great starting point for general research about Boston College. Many books about the history of BC have been digitized and are available online. Books that haven't been digitized are available in Burns Library as well as O'Neill Library.

Books Available Online

A History of Boston College: From the Beginnings to 1990 by Donovan, Charles F., David R. Dunigan, and Paul A. FitzGerald.
Call Number: LD473 .D66 1990 REF
Most recent complete history available online.

A History of Boston College by David R. Dunigan 
Call Number: LD473.D8 REF
The first history of Boston College published in 1947.​​​​

Boston College, 1863-1938: A pictorial and historical review commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the College.
Call Number: LD473 .B67 1938 REF
Contains hundreds of photographs of early campus.

Athletics at Boston College by Nathaniel John Hasenfus
Call Number: GV691.B67 H37 1943 REF
Covers Football and Hockey at BC from beginnings to 1943 - including rosters.

Centennial History of Boston College edited by Stuart B. Meizenzahl 
Call Number: LD473.S9 REF
A pictorial history made for the 1963 centennial of Boston College by Sub Turri.

The crowned hilltop: Boston College in its hundredth year by Jack Frost
Call Number: LD474.5 .F7 REF
Contains beautiful illustrations of campus buildings and personalities.

Songs of Boston College by James A. Ecker
Call Number: M1948 .B76 1941 REF
Published for the Boston College Music Club. 

Boston College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: Continuity and Change at the Heart of Boston College by Stephanie Kermes
Call Number: LD479.5.G7 K37 2004 REF
Produced by the BC Office of Marketing Communications. The school is now known as the Graduate School Of The Morrissey College Of Arts & Sciences.

The Development of Coeducation at Boston College by Loretta Higgins
Call Number: LD473.H54 1986a REF
Thesis for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

A Dynamic Era in the History of Boston College: The Higher Education of Undergraduate Women, the School of Education, 1952-1965 by Mary Kinnane
Call Number: LD473.K56 2002 REF
A golden jubilee commemorative volume.

Boston College Law School After Fifty Years: An Informal History, 1929-1979 by Todd F. Simon
Call Number: KF292.B68 S555 1980 REF
A history of BC Law School by a 1980 graduate. Includes many images from the history of the school, along with a description of the school's founding and development.

James M. Linnehan autobiography, [194-].
Call Number: LD472.9 .L56 1984 GENERAL
​This autobiography covers Linnehan's life from his early childhood through his student days at BC. Much of the work discusses his participation in sports at both BC High School and BC.

Books in the Library

Image of University Historian Charles F. Donovan, SJ, sitting at desk displaying six medals awarded to David Regan, Class of 1894

University Historian Charles F. Donovan, SJ, displays six medals awarded to David Regan, Class of 1894

Occasional Papers on the History of Boston College