Monthly Archives: October 2012

Archives Diary: Tip O’Neill and Bipartisan Friendships “After 6 p.m.”

As election day closes in on us and the antagonism of the campaign trail intensifies, it is hard to imagine a time of bipartisan cooperation in either personal or political life. Yet the congressional papers of Cambridge politician and Speaker … Continue reading

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Archives Diary: Susan Sontag & The Humanities Series

Last year, we celebrated the tradition of humanities at Boston College with an exploration of the history of the Humanities Series under the direction of Francis W. Sweeney, SJ, and its contribution to the burgeoning cultural and intellectual vitality of the university.  … Continue reading

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Archives Diary: Charlestown Burning

Opened in 1820, the Ursuline Convent Academy was the first Roman Catholic school for girls in Massachusetts. The sisters of Mount Benedict taught young ladies ages six to fourteen. The school boasted a more diverse and rigorous curriculum than was … Continue reading

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Secrets of 15th Century European Paper Revealed

The light color and still supple qualities of paper made in Italy and Germany at the time of Gutenberg has intrigued rare book librarians and paper historians for generations. Why is paper of the period so stable and long lasting as … Continue reading

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Exhibitions Update: The Bibliopegistic Art

The John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections regularly hosts exhibits related to the institution’s holdings. This fall an exhibit of bookbindings is featured. Mark Esser, Book Conservator at the Library from 1994-2008, during his tenure had … Continue reading

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