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As a student assistant in the Burns Library Reading Room and a graduate student in the English department at Boston College, I occasionally have the privilege of combining my scholarly interest in Victorian literature with my practical responsibilities at the … Continue reading
George V. Higgins is one of Boston College’s most notable literary alumni. Author of over thirty novels and non-fiction works, Higgins began his illustrious writing career as a BC undergraduate student. Editor of the Stylus literary magazine, writer for The … Continue reading
Imagine yourself deep in the heart of the Middle East. The sun is sweltering, and you are moving from section to section at an archaeological site, watching other workers as they trowel and sift their way through sand and dirt. … Continue reading
I became more aware of the work of Reverend Francis W. Sweeney, S.J. when I was preparing the exhibition, “It seems I am working for the Jesuits these days:” The Thomas Merton Collection at Boston College. Father Sweeney corresponded for more than … Continue reading
The Burns Library owns a handful of books published by Charles Knight (1791-1873), a 19th century publisher, author, and educator whose crusade to bring cheap educational literature to the working class played an influential role in changing the face of … Continue reading
When Lorenzo Ricci was elected the 19th Superior General of the Society of Jesus on May 21, 1758, he may well have approached the post with some hesitation. A biographer later recorded: “Surprised to find himself entrusted with so onerous … Continue reading
As the current processing project winds down, the archives department at the Burns Library thought it would be interesting to share some of the other projects we’ve completed in the last year. One of the most exciting projects turned out … Continue reading