Category Archives: Staff Posts

Coventry Patmore Collection

The Burns Library owns a significant collection of Coventry Patmore Papers. Patmore (July 23, 1823 – November 26, 1896), a prominent literary figure, was for a short period one of the most widely read poets in England, though as the … Continue reading

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It Will Take a Lifetime: A New Look at Francis W. Sweeney, S.J.

I became more aware of the work of Reverend Francis W. Sweeney, S.J. when I was preparing the exhibition, “It seems I am working for the Jesuits these days:” The Thomas Merton Collection at Boston College. Father Sweeney corresponded for more than … Continue reading

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Bloomsday: The First Edition of Ulysses

On July 11, 1920 Irish author James Joyce met Sylvia Beach, an American transplant to Paris who had opened a bookshop called Shakespeare and Company a little under a year before. Shakespeare and Company served as the central social, literary, … Continue reading

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Processing Project: B.C. Photographs Collections

As the current processing project winds down, the archives department at the Burns Library thought it would be interesting to share some of the other projects we’ve completed in the last year. One of the most exciting projects turned out … Continue reading

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Pass it On! It’s Preservation Week

Whether it’s the Declaration of Independence or a cherished family scrapbook, our treasures need help surviving the ravages of time. High temperatures, dampness, pests, mold – all these things can destroy historical documents surprisingly quickly. Luckily, there are a few simple … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Jennings, Best-Selling Poet

The Burns Library has a significant collection of the papers of Elizabeth Jennings, the British poet who lived from 1926 to 2001. Jennings, who published almost thirty books of poetry, several anthologies and critical works, was, and still is, a … Continue reading

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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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