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Digital Collections

Boston College Digital Collections provide access to rare and unique collections in digitized form.  If you have an idea for a project that involves digitization and management of materials for inclusion in the Libraries' permanent digital collections, please submit the Project Submission Form.

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The Collections

Cover of ailleurs 1ailleurs 
ailleurs is a journal dedicated to experimental writing that was published in Paris from 1963-1966. Edited by Uruguayan artist Carmelo Arden Quin, ailleurs worked as a point of convergence for South American and European intellectuals interested in the intersection of writing and the visual arts. The digital edition of ailleurs was initiated by Prof. Ernesto Livon-Grosman and completed in partnership with the Boston College University Libraries.

From the BCdia CollectionBCdia 
BCdia (Boston College Digital Images of Art) contains high-quality images of art objects and monuments that support the curriculum of Boston College’s Fine Arts Department. Access to full-sized images is limited to members of the Boston College community. (BC Community Only)

From the Becker CollectionBecker Collection
Approximately 650 first-hand drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues depicting numerous aspects of nineteenth-century American culture including the Civil War, the construction of the railroads, the Chinese in the West, and the Chicago fire.  Companion website also available.

Sam McAughtry, writer and journalist, 1990s.Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives
Over 19,000 photographs from award-winning photographer Bobbie Hanvey documenting the people and life in the North of Ireland since the 1970s. The collection contains portraits and candid images as well as journalistic images covering public, paramilitary, and political activity.

Brooker Collection
Approximately 2,500 legal documents and manuscripts focused primarily on Boston and the New England area and spanning two centuries, regarding land use and transfers, law and legal systems, town governance, family matters and daily life. Companion website also available.

From the Boston Gas CollectionBoston Gas Company Photographs
Almost 400 images from the Boston Gas Company Records are available for viewing. These photographs date from 1882 to 1972, with the majority between 1885 and 1910. Overall, the photographs are an intriguing look at turn-of-the century Boston life.  

Burns Library General Collection Books
Burns Library General Collection Manuscripts
The General Collection consists of miscellaneous works housed in the John J. Burns Library because of their date of publication, their rarity or intrinsic value, their fragility, or their relationship to other named collections.


The institutional repository of Boston College. The aim of eScholarship@BC is to showcase and preserve Boston College's scholarly output in digital form and to make it freely accessible globally.

The Heights

The Heights

The Boston College student newspaper began publication in 1919. The University Libraries are currently creating a searchable digital archive for issues dating from November 1919-June 2010.  Issues are added to as they are digitized. For current news, see the paper's website.

Histories of Boston College

Books and Pamphlets
Includes the Rev. Charles F. Donovan's Occasional Papers, Boston College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: Continuity and Change at the Heart of Boston College by Stephanie Kermes, and A Dynamic Era in the History of Boston College: The Higher Education of Undergraduate Women, the School of Education, 1952-1965 (2002) by Mary Kinnane.

Digitized photos of Boston College from the University Archives.

Charles F. Donovan, SJ, David R. Dunigan, SJ,  Paul A. FitzGerald, SJ. History of Boston College: From the Beginnings to 1990 (Internet Archive)
Published in 1990, this continues the story of Boston College from 1947.

David R. Dunigan. A History of Boston College
(Internet Archive)
Published in 1947, this is the first book-length history of Boston College ever written, this work covers the history up through the Second World War.

Irish Book Collection
Irish Manuscript Collection
The Irish Collection at Burns is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind outside Ireland. Noted early on for its strong holdings of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and landholding records documenting Irish history and society from the late 1700's to the present, the Collection in recent years has made impressive gains in the areas of literature, art (especially the book arts), music, agricultural history, and economic history. Its literary collections of Samuel Beckett, William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney, for example, are ranked among the best in the world.


Jesuitica Book Collection
Jesuitica Manuscript Collection
Books and manuscripts by and about the Jesuits, including anti-Jesuit writings, from the founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540 to the present, with a focus on the Pre-Suppression period, i.e., 1540 to 1773.  Totaling some 13,000 volumes, it is the largest, most comprehensive collection of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. 


Kraus Digitized Music Pamphlets
A selection of about 40 pamphlets from the Kraus Music Pamphlet collection were digitized and made available as PDF files. Access the entire Kraus Collection via bibliographic records in Holmes Library Catalog. 





Liturgy and Life Artifacts Series
Almost 1200 objects from the Burns Library's Liturgy and Life Collection are available for viewing. Dating from the late 19th through the 20th centuries, they include chalices, statuary, medals, crucifixes, ecclesiastical dress and other objects. 


From the Ratio Studiorum




Ratio Studiorum
The historic Ratio Studiorum, called "the Magna Carta of Jesuit education," lays out the educational method and system of the Jesuits. The Libraries created an electronic version of The Jesuit Ratio Studiorum of 1599 translated into English by Allan P. Farrell. 

Sacred Heart ReviewSacred Heart Review
Published 1888-1918, a Catholic newspaper devoted to local, national, and international news. Includes articles reporting on the Church in the Archdiocese of Boston and New England, with pieces explicating and defending Catholicism.


The Sub TurriThe Sub Turri
The Sub Turri is the yearbook of Boston College. It was first published in 1913, the golden anniversary of the founding of Boston College and the College’s first year at its Chestnut Hill location. The title, Sub Turri, is Latin for “under the tower” and reflects a sense of pride in the Chestnut Hill campus in general and Gasson Hall in particular.


Tip O'Neill




Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Photographs
Images from the 1930s to the 1980s documenting the life and career of O'Neill, Speaker of the House of Representatives, from his days at Boston College through his terms in Congress as a member of the Democratic leadership. Finding aid for the O'Neill collection also available


Love and Death by W.B. Yeats
The manuscript transcribed represents an important addition to W.B. Yeats's canon, complementing those already transcribed in The Cornell Yeats volumes. The entire manuscript of Yeats's unpublished play, Love and Death, which he composed in 1884, totals five notebooks, some of which contain loose-leaf inserted papers.


XULXUL: Signo viejo y Nuevo
XUL: Signo viejo y nuevo is a 20th century Argentine poetry journal published between 1980 and 1997, during a crucial time in Argentina's history. The companion website, XULdigital, is a collaborative project with BC's Instructional Design and eTeaching Services group.