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Perhaps no human being can be credited with embracing Plato’s statement “nothing is more beautiful than to know everything” to the same extent as Athanasius Kircher, a Jesuit, a polymath, and a walking encyclopedia. Kircher’s vast knowledge earned him the … Continue reading
The Connolly Book of Hours is an illuminated manuscript held by the John J. Burns Library. This manuscript was created in mid-fifteenth century France, a time and place when Books of Hours were produced and bought in great numbers. The … Continue reading
The Musical Roots of Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence: An Exhibit of Irish Music at the John J. Burns Library
On view through May 23, the Burns Library exhibit, “The Musical Roots of Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence,” highlights influences and milestones in the music career of Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly. A world-renowned Irish traditional musician, performer and teacher from Killaloe, … Continue reading
Have you ever played “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” If you’ve never heard of this game, the rules are pretty basic: you take any actor and try to connect her or him in some way to Footloose star Kevin Bacon … Continue reading
In the month of March, the feast of Saint Patrick and Women’s History Month are celebrated. Of the four Irish exhibits currently on display in the Boston College Libraries, one in particular – Eva McKee, Irish Artisan, highlights both of these themes. Eva … Continue reading
I, like many of my fellow undergraduate students, am attending Boston College in hopes of a career in medicine. Unlike the rest of my premedical peers, though, I am a book conservation assistant to Barbara Adams Hebard at the Burns Library … Continue reading
Peter Fallon, poet and publisher, is the John J. Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies for the 2012-2013 academic year. Fallon lives in Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland. He is an Honors Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. The Center for Irish … Continue reading
As election day closes in on us and the antagonism of the campaign trail intensifies, it is hard to imagine a time of bipartisan cooperation in either personal or political life. Yet the congressional papers of Cambridge politician and Speaker … Continue reading
The light color and still supple qualities of paper made in Italy and Germany at the time of Gutenberg has intrigued rare book librarians and paper historians for generations. Why is paper of the period so stable and long lasting as … Continue reading
The John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections regularly hosts exhibits related to the institution’s holdings. This fall an exhibit of bookbindings is featured. Mark Esser, Book Conservator at the Library from 1994-2008, during his tenure had … Continue reading