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Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts
Just over a year ago, in July 2012, the archivists at the Burns Library started an ambitious backlog processing project. Since then, we’ve worked on a variety of archival collections, most recently the institutional records of the Boston College President’s Office. … Continue reading
During the current government spending crisis and shutdown, a topic has frequently come up in recent news: health care. Republicans in the House want to slash Obamacare and Democrats in the Senate are fighting to keep it. The Affordable Care … Continue reading
The Lowell Humanities Series, started by Father Francis W. Sweeney as the Steinman Visiting Poets Series with a lecture by poet Robert Frost in 1957, is a longstanding and integral part of Boston College’s literary and cultural traditions. In the … Continue reading
On Friday, August 30th, 2013, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney was the eldest child of nine born to a farming family in County Derry, Northern Ireland. He won a scholarship to … Continue reading
This summer, from June 7th to August 30th in the Margaret Ford Tower, the Burns Library is showcasing an enticing exhibit on the celebrated contemplative master and literary figure, Thomas Merton. Curated by Burns Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard, this exhibit … Continue reading
Fighting between the Chinese and British in the First Opium War concluded in late August 1842 at the signing of the Treaty of Nanking. The treaty required the Chinese to pay the British over twenty million dollars in war reparations, … Continue reading
As the processing team at the Burns Library worked with the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing records, we caught a glimpse of life as a nursing student from the turn of the 19th century through 1989, when the … Continue reading
There used to be a time when you could tell a nurse’s history by her cap. Here at the Burns Library, the recently processed New England Deaconess School of Nursing collection (NEDH SON) can tell you a lot about the history … Continue reading
As a very 21st century science librarian at O’Neill Library, the content I encounter is most often electronic: journals and increasingly, data. When I was approached to research the collections at the Burns Library to develop a small exhibit on … Continue reading
As of May 31st, the Burns Library processing project has come to an end, and what a fantastic year it’s been! Our goal was to make more unprocessed and uncataloged manuscript collections available to researchers, and we’ve succeeded: over 25 … Continue reading