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Summary of Holdings

The Burney Centre has over three hundred books on permanent loan from the McLennan Humanities and Social Sciences Library, including relevant correspondences, biographies, 18th-century periodicals and reference works.

It has also accumulated thousands of photocopies and hundreds of microfilm reels, which have brought together over ten thousand letters scattered over numerous collections world-wide (major collections are in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, the Beinecke Library at Yale, the British Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard, and the Huntington Library).

Joyce Hemlow's Catalogue of the Burney Family Correspondence 1749-1878 (ISBN 0871040379) lists these letters, written by over a thousand correspondents of the Burneys (including Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Johnson, Haydn, and other important figures), but they are described in much greater detail on index cards in the Centre's holdings. These photocopies, microfilms, descriptive indices and other research materials make the Centre a rich resource for students and scholars of many aspects of 18th- and early 19th-century British and European culture and society. The Centre's holdings are open, by prior appointment, to researchers.

The Burney Centre, via McGill University Library, has access to these related online resources:
  • Early English Books Online, 1473-1700 (EEBO)
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online, 1701-1899 (ECCO)
  • Literature Online, 600-1903 (LION)
  • Burney Collection of 17th and 18th Century Newspapers

    The Centre occupies four offices, with 1500 square-feet of space, on the fifth floor of the McLennan Humanities and Social Sciences Library, close to the Library's holdings on 18th- and 19th-century literature, history and society in Europe and America.

    Full Listing

    A current listing of the Burney Centre holdings on loan from McGill Libraries is available through this link via Muse, the McGill Library catalogue:

    Screenshot of Muse library catalogue

    Full listing of the McGill library holdings housed at the Burney Centre

    Search the Burney Centre Collection

    1) Select the Advanced search option from the Muse catalogue.

    2) Select "Location Code" from the first pull-down menu, and enter BURN in the box next to it.

    Search the Burney Collection: Step 2

    3) Pull down the next menu to select the type of search you would like to do.

    Search the Burney Collection: Step 3

    4) You will see a list of the library materials held in the Burney Centre that match your request.

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