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Cookbooks have been aids in the kitchen for generations. The Elizabeth Capell manuscript cookbook, owned by the John J. Burns Library, is of unknown authorship, and ongoing research has not yet determined its origins. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating window … Continue reading
In my position as a Bookbuilders of Boston Intern, during the spring semester of 2013, I feel very lucky to have worked directly with the Burns Library staff learning more about the history of the book. One of my projects … Continue reading
Acting as a “bookbuilder” brings to mind, for me, an attempt to understand the fundamentals of book publishing – the building blocks of a physical book, albeit – that form the timeless basis for the industry today. Undergoing this internship … Continue reading
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 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
Plenty of people don’t like big cities and cannot understand why anyone would choose the urban life. I, on the other hand, love that cities are dynamic and ever-changing. We never know who we’ll meet up with out on the … 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
The archival world can be full of connections. When archivists write finding aids, we add a helpful but sometimes overlooked note on related collections . Think of the related materials note as Amazon.com suggestions for research: “I see you’re using … Continue reading
In our continuing exploration of the history of the Humanities Series at Boston College, its contribution to the burgeoning cultural and intellectual life of the university, and its facilitation of unique literary encounters, we look next to Robert Frost. Frost had … Continue reading