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John Boyle O’Reilly was born in 1844 in Dowth, County Meath, Ireland. He apprenticed in newspaper writing, publishing and printing before immigrating to England at age fifteen to work at an uncle’s paper in Preston. At the request of his … Continue reading
The Burns Library’s Irish Collection contains a wide variety of wonderful and fascinating books. One day, having given in to the temptation to look at some beautiful book covers, I looked at some books by Irish writer Padraic Column. Intrigued … Continue reading
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
Every day when I arrive at the John J. Burns Library I first inspect the building to make certain that the HVAC system is running as expected, and that there have been no leaks or floods in the stacks overnight. … Continue reading
This past Spring, I had the opportunity to attend the New York Antiquarian Book Fair on behalf of the Burns Library. I purchased several wonderful books, with topics from anatomy to history, astronomy to social commentary. These volumes are part … 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
I first came across Arthur the Theologian, while assisted by a Boston College student, I completed spring cleaning in the Conservation Lab at the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections. In a drawer we found a … 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
The printing of books, as an art and industry, has been documented from any number of perspectives. The arduous setting of type, the business of publication and distribution, the craft of binding — these are some of the many things … 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