Welcome back to Spring 2011 at the Burns Library!

Professor Nicholas Allen is the Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies at the Burns Library for Spring 2011.  Professor Allen's books include Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and George Russell and the New Ireland (Four Courts, 2003). Allen is editor of That Other Island (2007), with Eve Patten, Gerald Dawe's The Proper Word (2007) and The Cities of Belfast (2003), with Aaron Kelly.

Professor Nicholas Allen is the Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies at the Burns Library for Spring 2011. Professor Allen’s books include Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and George Russell and the New Ireland (Four Courts, 2003). Allen is editor of That Other Island (2007), with Eve Patten, Gerald Dawe’s The Proper Word (2007) and The Cities of Belfast (2003), with Aaron Kelly.

Belated wishes for a Happy New Year!  All of the Burns Library staff members sincerely hope that you’ve had a wonderful holiday break.  I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, Professor Nicholas Allen. Professor Allen is Moore Institute Professor at NUI Galway. He is writing a cultural history of 1916 and its impact on modernism for Cambridge University Press, and editing Ernie O’Malley’s later letters and papers with Cormac O’Malley. The Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Chair was established in 1989 by a generous gift of the Burns Foundation of San Francisco, California.

This portrait of the Honorable John J. Burns hangs in the Ford Tower at the Burns Library.  Burns was a Boston College graduate in 1921, who went on to earn a law degree at Harvard University.  Burns taught law at Harvard, was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court, served as legal counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and practiced law in both Boston and New York.  Never forgetting Boston College, Burns was an original member of a group called “Friends of the Library” at B.C.

This portrait of the Honorable John J. Burns hangs in the Ford Tower at the Burns Library. Burns was a Boston College graduate in 1921, who went on to earn a law degree at Harvard University. Burns taught law at Harvard, was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court, served as legal counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and practiced law in both Boston and New York. Never forgetting Boston College, Burns was an original member of a group called “Friends of the Library” at B.C.

The Foundation was set up by the family of the Honorable John J. Burns, BC ’21, (1901 – 1957), for whom the Burns Library is named. The Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies uses the library’s renowned Irish book and manuscript collections for his/her research.  Professor Allen will be teaching a graduate English class, “1916 and After.”  We also have two new exhibitions to announce – Notes on Nursing:  Past, Present and Future in the Ford Tower and “Binding Friendships:  Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings”, in the O’Brien Fine Print Room and Thompson Room.  “Notes on Nursing” highlights letters, books and artifacts from our Josephine A. Dolan Collection of Nursing History while “Binding Friendships” will showcase our amazing Jesuitica Collection.

Entrance to the John J. Burns Library

The entrance to the Burns Library is located on the side of the Bapst building that faces Commonwealth Avenue.

Professors, please send me a message at justine.sundaram@bc.edu if you are interested in exploring the resources at the Burns Library for your classes.  Students and researchers, feel free to send us any questions by e-mail – burnsref@bc.edu– or call us at 617-552-4861. If you have suggestions for blog posts or Facebook updates, please send me a message at justine.sundaram@bc.edu.  And don’t forget that our Wednesday evening (until 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) hours will start again for this semester on Wednesday, January 19th.  Consult the Boston College Libraries Hours Page for more details.  I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you soon at the Burns Library!

  • Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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