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Collection name Burns & Burnsiana Collection
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Description The Burns & Burnsiana Collection at the Linen Hall Library is one of the largest collections of Burns material outside Scotland. The collection contains 782 distinct Scottish, English, Irish, American and continental editions of the works of the Ayrshire ploughman, representing more than 1,000 volumes. In addition the collection contains Johnson's "Scots musical museum", Thomson's "Select Scottish airs", 130 biographies of the poet, 109 miscellaneous publications relating to Burns, 50 song-books and chapbooks containing his poems, 38 paintings and drawings. The main part of the collection was amassed by Andrew Gibson (fl. 1904-1927) towards the end of the 19th century. It was acquired by the Linen Hall Library in 1901 through public subscription. Gibson also included a gift of seventy volumes to the Linen Hall from himself. Some items were later presented to the Library by Mrs Eliza Everitt - Burns' great-grand-daughter. There are no manuscripts, but there is a large range of ephemeral material. The Linen Hall Library no longer collects Burnsiana, but it does acquire key reference works in relation to Burns.

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Date range 1850/1900 -
Associated People and Organisations Gibson, Andrew - Burns, Robert -
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Associated Times 17th Century 18th Century 19th Century
Associated Content Songs Scotland Poetry Irish music Scottish music Western Classical Western Traditional
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Strength(s) The material in this Collection includes ancillary material covering Scottish poetry and song.
Further details http://www.rascal.ac.uk/collection/?ff=no&CollectionID=534&search_kw=music&search_combinations=OR,%20OR,%20OR&y=4&results_per_page=all&x=42&ff=no
Viewing the Collection Mon to Fri 9.30 - 17.30, Sat 9.30 - 16.00. The Library is closed on all public holidays and for the week in which the 12th July falls
Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 9.30am - 1pm
Wheelchairs - Full disabled access and facilities (via Fountain Street entrance). Guide Dogs - Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for deaf people are welcome. Loop System - A loop induction system is available in the Performance Area on Level 3.
Visiting information Mon to Fri 9.30 - 17.30, Sat 9.30 - 16.00. The Library is closed on all public holidays and for the week in which the 12th July falls

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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North Belfast BT1 5GB United Kingdom Open Map
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Website http://www.linenhall.com
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Accrual Status Closed
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Custodial History Legal ownership is maintained by the Linen Hall Library The main part of the collection was amassed by Andrew Gibson (fl. 1904-1927) towards the end of the 19th century. It was acquired by the Linen Hall Library in 1901 through public subscription. Gibson also included a gift of seventy volumes to the Linen H
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