Category Archives: Staff Posts

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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Burns Library

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a review of selected Burns Library exhibits, blog posts and Flickr sets that showcase materials from the Burns Library’s Irish Collection.  If you missed the post about the Burns Library’s Seamus Heaney exhibit … Continue reading

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Seeing Things and Celebrating Friendships in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney

Seeing Things and Celebrating Friendships in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney is a Burns Library Exhibit, now on display in the Margaret Ford Tower. This exhibit is available for viewing whenever the Burns Library is open from February 14 – March … Continue reading

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Cooks and Menus: A Closer Look at Fannie Farmer

The exhibit “Are You Being Served? Historical Menus from the Archives” recently opened at the John J. Burns Library. Often when selecting items for an exhibit, the curators find themselves spoiled for choice: this time we not only had too … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Irish Studies: Dr. Terence Brown, Burns Library Visiting Scholar

Terence Brown is a distinguished scholar, teacher and literary critic in the area of Anglo-Irish literature. Though born in China his nationality is Irish. He grew up in the north of Ireland and attended the Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Irish Studies: John Boyle O’Reilly in the Hub

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

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Padraic Colum in the Burns Library’s Irish Collection

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

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Processing BC Presidents’ Records

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

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Religion and Politics: A Bible Story from the John J. Burns Library

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

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Acquisitions Blotter: News from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

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

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