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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
John Lawrence Sullivan (1858-1918) started his career as an outlaw engaged in illegal prizefighting, became a popular hero and the first American heavyweight champion, went on to the vaudeville stage, and ended his life on a quiet farm. Best known … 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
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
The Boston College University Libraries have digitized the James Jeffrey Roche Letters. This Burns Library collection is now available online at http://hdl.handle.net/2345/1119 as part of Boston College University Libraries Digital Collections. Roche (1870 – 1908) was an Irish born journalist who edited The Pilot, starting … 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
Archives Diary: “An Isolated Example, but Very Encouraging”: Citywide Coordinating Council Monitoring Records
In our first blog post on the CCC, we introduced you to the records of the Citywide Coordinating Council (CCC), the autonomous citizen body created in 1975 by Judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr. charged with overseeing the implementation of comprehensive … Continue reading