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This exhibition contained works by and about Robert Burns, and showed selected highlights from the G. Ross Roy Collection of Burns, Burnsiana and Scottish Poetry. The collection, acquired from USC Professor Roy in 1989, is widely recognized as among the best Burns collections anywhere in North America. The items chosen for the University's Robert Burns bicentenary exhibit have been selected from over 4,000 items in the Roy Collection on Burns alone. In making the selection, the aim was not only to display some of the outstanding high points and the rarest items, but also to represent some of the different strengths of the collection. For the display, but not in the catalogue, were included items such as postcards, banknotes and postage stamps, to illustrate the poet's popular reputation.


This catalog accompanied the exhibition, Robert Burns: 1759-1796, which was mounted by the University of South Carolina Libraries, March-May 1996, both to mark the bicentenary of Robert Burns death in 1796 and to accompany the international research conference on "Robert Burns and Literary Nationalism" being held at the University. The exhibit was curated by Professor G. Ross Roy.