Answered By: Steve Runge
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2019     Views: 7

Special collections is a term for books, papers, or objects that are unique and/or rare and/or valuable and have enduring research value. They cover a large variety of formats, including books, letters, diaries, unpublished manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, and objects. 

Burns Library specializes in a few collecting areas: 

  • Jesuit and Catholic history and writings 
  • Irish and Irish American history, literature, language, and music
  • University Archives of Boston College 
  • Caribbean history; 
  • British Catholic authors 
  • Boston history, politics and culture 
  • Nursing history
  • Popular fiction over time