Monthly Archives: March 2011

Archives Diary: The Curious Cunningham Collection of Swift Materials

Generations of readers have taken great delight in the box of curiosities created for Lemuel Gulliver in Brobdingnag.  In a land where Gulliver was quite tiny and his hosts very large, the everyday objects observed by Gulliver are seen from … Continue reading

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Exhibition Update ~ Binding Friendship: Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings

The highly accomplished Flemish Jesuit Trigault arrived as a missionary in China in 1610 and died there in 1618; the text featured to the left is Trigault’s Latin translation of Matteo Ricci’s unpublished diary text.  One of the earliest and … Continue reading

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Reading Room Log: Images of St. Patrick from the Burns Library’s Irish Collection

Images of leprechauns, shamrocks, and shades of green flourish on St. Patrick’s  Day.  Rarely do people see images of  St. Patrick, who is the namesake of this   holiday. Although St. Patrick’s Day is a largely commercialized holiday in the United … Continue reading

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Conservator’s Notebook: Mabel Florence Young, Painter of Irish Landscapes

The conservation lab at the Burns Library is a pleasant workspace with a nice blend of modern equipment, like my arts and crafts style oak work bench which was hand built in 1999 by Paul O’Connell, a graduate of the … Continue reading

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