Author Archives: John J. Burns Library

About John J. Burns Library

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.

Exhibitions Update: Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Worshipper of Light”

The general outlines of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s life are fairly well known—that living in Hampstead he attended Dr. Dyne’s Highgate School (becoming a Cholmeleian, named after Highgate’s first headmaster, Sir. Roger Cholmeley) where he won a scholarship to the prestigious … Continue reading

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Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Prints

As the Bookbuilders of Boston intern at the Burns Library for this year, I’ve been able to learn about the variety of collections housed within the library and spend some of my time focusing on the works that interest me … Continue reading

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Evolution of an English Course: The Syllabus

The Studies in Poetry class at Boston College has been in existence for at least four decades, but a similar course was also once offered at Boston College within the English department. The class was called Craft of Poetry when it was taught … Continue reading

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The Jesuit Ordeal III: Memories of Malagrida

On September 21, 1761, the Italian Jesuit Gabriel Malagrida was led into the Rossio Square in downtown Lisbon, but Malagrida took little notice of the elegant plaza. The seventy-three year-old stepped out into the Rossio wearing the sanbenito, the smock … Continue reading

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The Spirit of the Core at Work

Boston College is a liberal arts university. Each undergraduate student is required to take classes in history, science, mathematics, foreign language, theology, social science, philosophy, English and cultural diversity, unless he or she was lucky enough to “AP out” with … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Burns Library

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a review of selected Burns Library exhibits, blog posts and Flickr sets that showcase materials from the Burns Library’s Irish Collection.  If you missed the post about the Burns Library’s Seamus Heaney exhibit … Continue reading

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Alice Meynell, Poet and Muse

In 1844, Charles Dickens was infatuated with a young concert pianist by the name of Christiana Weller. Meeting Christiana and dining with her family, Dickens brought along his friend and contemporary, Thomas James Thompson, who on October 21 1845, eventually … Continue reading

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Seeing Things and Celebrating Friendships in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney

Seeing Things and Celebrating Friendships in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney is a Burns Library Exhibit, now on display in the Margaret Ford Tower. This exhibit is available for viewing whenever the Burns Library is open from February 14 – March … Continue reading

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Cooks and Menus: A Closer Look at Fannie Farmer

The exhibit “Are You Being Served? Historical Menus from the Archives” recently opened at the John J. Burns Library. Often when selecting items for an exhibit, the curators find themselves spoiled for choice: this time we not only had too … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Irish Studies: Dr. Terence Brown, Burns Library Visiting Scholar

Terence Brown is a distinguished scholar, teacher and literary critic in the area of Anglo-Irish literature. Though born in China his nationality is Irish. He grew up in the north of Ireland and attended the Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, … Continue reading

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