The Burney Society

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  • About the Bur­ney Society

    His­tory of the Centre

    The main goal of the Bur­ney Cen­tre at McGill Uni­ver­sity is to pre­pare mod­ern, com­plete and unabridged schol­arly edi­tions of the jour­nals and let­ters of Frances Bur­ney.

    The Bur­ney Cen­tre was founded in 1960, as the Bur­ney Papers Project, by the late Joyce Hem­low. Dr. Hem­low, the author of The His­tory of Fanny Bur­ney (Claren­don Press, 1958), taught at McGill Uni­ver­sity from 1948 and served as Direc­tor of the Cen­tre until her retire­ment in 1984. She was suc­ceeded by Lars Troide, who in turn was suc­ceeded in 2003 by the present Direc­tor, Peter Sabor.


    From its incep­tion, the Bur­ney Cen­tre has been sup­ported by fund­ing from McGill Uni­ver­sity.

    In addi­tion, the Cen­tre cur­rently receives gen­er­ous grants from:

    Cur­rent Activities

    The Court Jour­nals and Let­ters of Frances Bur­ney (1786−1791)
    Gen­eral Edi­tor: Peter Sabor

    The Let­ters of Dr Charles Bur­ney (1751−1814)
    Gen­eral Edi­tor: Peter Sabor

    The Bur­ney Cen­tre web­site was fea­tured as a “Web Gem” in the McGill Reporter in Jan­u­ary 2008.

    The Cen­tre works closely with the Bur­ney Soci­ety of North Amer­ica and the United King­dom, and pro­duces the Society’s Bur­ney Jour­nal and Bur­ney Let­ter.

    The Bur­ney Cen­tre, in con­junc­tion with the Rare Books and Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Divi­sion of the McGill Uni­ver­sity Library, offers an annual Fel­low­ship, designed to assist schol­ars who need to travel to and estab­lish tem­po­rary res­i­dence in Mon­tréal in order to use the resources of the Library.


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