Emmet Larkin Papers Now Available, John J. Burns Library, Boston College

The papers of Emmet Larkin, long-time historian at the University of Chicago, were donated to the John J. Burns Library of Boston College by Dianne Larkin and are now open for research.

Emmet Larkin earned his BA degree at New York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees from Columbia (1957). He taught at MIT from 1960 to 1966, when he joined the history faculty as an Associate Professor of British and Irish History. He became Professor and then Professor Emeritus at Chicago. He died in 2012.

Larkin researched and published extensively on the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, primarily from 1850 to 1900. His papers contain research copies of documents from archives in Ireland, London, and Rome, as well as drafts and copies of his books, articles, reviews, chapters in books, and presentations. The papers include Larkin’s correspondence with the leading scholars in Irish Studies from 1960 to 2010. His leading role in the American Conference for Irish Studies is well documented.

A guide (finding aid) to the collection is available on line:


For more information contact David Horn at the Burns Library: horndc@bc.edu or write to burnsref@bc.edu.