The Burney Centre at McGill University brings together archival material on the Burney family from around the world. Its holdings include microfilm, photocopies and scans of the major Burney collections at the Berg Collection (New York Public Library), the British Library and the Beinecke Library (Yale University).

The Centre is dedicated to the publication of complete, definitive scholarly editions of the journals and letters of Frances Burney (1752-1840) and the letters and memoirs of her father, the music historian Dr Charles Burney (1726-1814).

Find out more about the Burney Centre.


Forthcoming publication of The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney
Congratulations to editor Nancy E. Johnson on the forthcoming publication of The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney: Volume VI: 1790-91, available July 21.
This volume concludes the work on scholarly editions of Frances Burney's journals and letters.

New look for the Burney Centre
The Burney Centre has downsized into a smaller space, still on the fifth floor of the McLennan Library. The Centre also has a new phone number (see our Contact information).

CFP: “Burney Studies: Appraising the Past, Anticipating the Future,” July 3-4, 2020, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Join us in Montreal for the Burney Society (North America)'s Biannual Conference! See the CFP: PDF icon burneysocietyna.cfp_.july2020.pdf

Obituary: Althea Douglas
The Burney Centre mourns the passing of Althea Douglas, co-editor of many volumes of The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, 1791-1840, edited by Joyce Hemlow in 12 volumes, 1972-84. You can read her obituary here.

Now published: The Additional Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, Volume II
This volume consists of all the letters, and journal and diary entries, written between 1791 and 1840 that were not included in the series of later journals, thus completing the modern editing of Burney's surviving journals and letters from 1768 until her death in 1840. You can read about the volume or find it in a library near you.

Letter detailing Frances Burney's mastectomy, now online
Read Frances' 12-page letter to her sister, Esther, where she describes her breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy, courtesy of the British Library.

New Perspectives on the Burney Family
The new issue of Eighteenth-Century Life, edited by Dr. Sophie Coulombeau, focuses on the Burney family, including Charles, Frances, and Sarah Harriet Burney, as well as Mrs Meeke. See the new issue here (institutional login may be required).


Image information:
Fanny Burney, by Edward Francisco Burney, at the National Portrait Gallery
Charles Burney, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, at the National Portrait Gallery

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