Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

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 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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Are You Being Served?: Director’s Cut

Recently, the John J. Burns Library opened an exhibition of menus. This exhibition highlights the changes in dining out from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.  Our archivists spent weeks combing through collections to find the best menus and ephemera … Continue reading

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Exhibitions Update: Are You Being Served? Historical Menus from the Archives

Menus may seem like just another part of everyday life. We see them everywhere – up on the wall at the coffee shop, printed on a piece of paper at our favorite lunch spot, handed to us in a leather … Continue reading

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