At the beginning of February, Dean Joseph Burns’ capstone class on the history of Boston College visited the Burns Library for a brief introduction to the resources available for doing research about the fascinating history of Boston College. Since the 150th anniversary of Boston College will be upon us in 2013, I thought I’d take this opportunity to write about some of the wonderful resources available for anyone interested in the history of Boston College. Many published sources for the history of Boston College are available online and in the Burns Library Reading Room. One of the most popular items, the Boston College Yearbooks or Sub Turri’s are now available online through Internet Archive. However, if you want to look at the actual yearbooks or need to look at a particular year that is not online, then please visit the Burns Library Reading Room. Another question that we often hear in the Reading Room is, “When did Boston College first admit women students?” If you are interested in the history of women at Boston College, you can check out this wonderful video, “Making Our Place: The History of Women at Boston College” online. Loretta Higgins’s 1986 thesis, “The Development of Coeducation at Boston College,” is another great source for this topic and is available via the database Dissertations and Theses – Full Text (ProQuest).
If you’re interested in the stained glass windows at Boston College, then you’ll enjoy reading Transforming Light. With beautiful photographs by Gary Wayne Gilbert and a well-researched text by Holy Cross Art Historian Virginia Chieffo Raguin, this book is a treat for the mind and the eyes. You can also read a pamphlet published in 1924 entitled Art in Boston College either in the Reading Room or online via the Boston College Libraries Digital Collections. Once you’re on the Digital Collections page, just scroll down and click on the “Books and Pamphlets” link under the title “Histories of Boston College”. Father Donovan’s The History of Boston College: From the Beginnings to 1990 is also available in the Reading Room as well as online via Holmes or Quest. Also, don’t forget to check out aerial photographs of the Chestnut Hill campus, which are available on the Burns Library’s Flickr photostream. If you have any questions about these resources or about the history of Boston College, please contact the Burns Library Reading Room by phone at 617-552-4861 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
- Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library