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Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. collection of maps

Collection BC-2023-005: Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. collection of maps


  • Creation: 1493 - 1797

Scope and Contents

Historical maps of Europe and North America, with a focus on Ireland and revolution-era United States, collected by businessman Thomas F. Ryan, Jr.


Language of Materials

The majority of these maps are in English, quite a few are in Latin, the remainder are in French or German, and a single map is in Italian.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. grew up in Brighton and West Roxbury, Massachusetts. He attended and graduated from the Boston Latin School. Ryan earned a BS in Marketing from Boston College (1963), where he was active in a number of several clubs and served as treasurer of his senior class.

Immediately following college, Ryan joined IBM as a sales representative (1963-1966). Next, he served as vice president for business development at the Boston Stock Exchange (1966-1968). Ryan spent much of his career at the Kidder, Peabody Group Inc. (1968-1995), starting as an equity sales trader and departing as chairman. In 1995, Ryan became president and chief operating officer of the American Stock Exchange, a role he held until 1999. In 2003, Ryan became a director at global life sciences company Repligen Corp.

Continually active with his alma mater, Ryan was appointed to the Boston College Board of Trustees in 1995. He was also involved in the Boston College Wall Street Council, Real Estate and Finance Council, and Ever to Excel Compaign Executive Committee.


Reuters. "Amex Names A President." New York Times, 1995 September 15.

"Board of Trustees Elects New Members." Boston College Chronicle, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1995 September 21.

"Thomas F. Ryan Jr." Irish America Magazine.

"The Volunteers: Six are honored for their service." Boston College Magazine, Spring 2003.


142 Linear Feet (67 items)


Historical maps of Europe and North America, with a focus on Ireland and revolution-era United States, collected by businessman Thomas F. Ryan, Jr.


Arranged chronologically.


Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, Jr., 2018 and 2022.

Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. Collection of Maps
In Progress
Noah Sheola, Amy Braitsch, and Elizabeth Peters.
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States