Burns' Bulgarian Collection Dedicated

A delegation of Bulgarian government and university officials visited campus earlier this month for the formal opening of Boston College's Bulgarian Collection in Burns Library.

Hundreds of books from Bulgaria's St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, one of the largest presses in Europe, began arriving at Boston College last year. The press will donate books on an on-going basis, which could make BC the largest repository of Bulgarian books in the United States.

Burns Librarian Robert K. O'Neill said the press will donate a complete archive of all the books it has published in the last 10 years - about 2,500 volumes. The Bulgarian Collection is part of a larger Balkan Collection, which ultimately will include upward of 6,000 volumes, he said.

Bulgaria's deputy minister of education, the director of St. Kliment Ohridski University Press and the university's Slavic languages department chairman attended the Nov. 11 dedication ceremony. O'Neill hosted the event, which also was attended by Prof. Raymond McNally (History) and Assoc. Prof. Donald Carlisle (Political Science).

An exhibit of books from the Bulgarian Collection is on display at Burns Library.


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