Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

Coventry Patmore Collection

The Burns Library owns a significant collection of Coventry Patmore Papers. Patmore (July 23, 1823 – November 26, 1896), a prominent literary figure, was for a short period one of the most widely read poets in England, though as the … Continue reading

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George V. Higgins: An Ear for Dialogue

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

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Joseph G. Doherty and the Dig at Ksâr ‘Akil

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

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Processing Project: B.C. Photographs Collections

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

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Honoring the Humanities: Kurt Vonnegut

This week’s blog post (below) on Kurt Vonnegut is drawn from the exhibit Honoring the Humanities, which is on display through June 2014 in the O’Neill Library Reading Room.  The exhibit is open whenever the O’Neill Library is open – check … Continue reading

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Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints

As the Bookbuilders of Boston intern at the Burns Library this year, I’ve spent most of my time working with and learning about the Japanese Prints Collection. While the collection has a large number of prints that were produced during the Tokugawa … Continue reading

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Pass it On! It’s Preservation Week

Whether it’s the Declaration of Independence or a cherished family scrapbook, our treasures need help surviving the ravages of time. High temperatures, dampness, pests, mold – all these things can destroy historical documents surprisingly quickly. Luckily, there are a few simple … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Jennings, Best-Selling Poet

The Burns Library has a significant collection of the papers of Elizabeth Jennings, the British poet who lived from 1926 to 2001. Jennings, who published almost thirty books of poetry, several anthologies and critical works, was, and still is, a … Continue reading

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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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