Semester in Review: Spring 2011 on the John J. Burns Library’s Blog

Echo's Bones, by Samuel Beckett, is available at the Burns Library, Call # PR6003.E282 E25 1935a.

Echo’s Bones, by Samuel Beckett, is available at the Burns Library, PR6003.E282 E25 1935a Beckett.

I would like to extend an extra special thank you to all the Burns Library staff members and student employees who contributed to this blog during  the Spring 2011 semester.  Many thanks also go out to our faithful readers. In case you missed any posts during the past semester, here’s a brief review of blog posts from January to the beginning of May.  After ringing in 2011, the Burns Library’s blog broke some news about a recent acquisition of Beckett books and a new exhibition on the history of nursing entitled Notes on Nursing:  Past, Present and Future.  Later in January, a post featured a behind-the-scenes look at the North Wall Project here at the Burns Library.

Elodie Agnes Hogan was born in 1868, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents. She was raised in Napa, California by her widowed mother who was the proprietor of a hotel there. As a young woman, Elodie considered joining a religious order, but also aspired to a career in journalism. Photograph from the Hilary A. Belloc Collection, MS1998-004, Box 2,Folder 22a

Elodie Agnes Hogan was born in 1868, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents. She was raised in Napa, California by her widowed mother who was the proprietor of a hotel there. As a young woman, Elodie considered joining a religious order, but also aspired to a career in journalism. Photograph of Elodie Belloc, Box 2,Folder 22, Hilaire Belloc Papers, MS.1998.004, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

In February, a Valentine’s Day post examined the courtship of Hillaire Belloc and Elodie Hogan.  Other February posts covered topics like primary sources on Boston College history and a new acquisition of Latin American Jesuitica.  In March, we followed an Irish theme with posts on Irish artist Mabel Florence Young, St. Patrick and the William F. Cunningham. Jr. Collection of Jonathan Swift Materials.  Also in March, we celebrated the opening of a major exhibition of books from the Burns Library’s Jesuitica Collection, Binding Friendship: Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings.  In April, we kept up our interest in Boston College history with a post about Boston College’s move from the South End to the Chestnut Hill campus.  Later in April, we sent you  Easter greetings from the Cuala Press and looked at a rare edition of W. B. Yeats’s poem, Easter 1916.  May brought us remembrances of the Marian Year of 1954 and a very informative post on a letter written by a landowner during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog this semester.  If you are interested in writing a post or contributing to the blog in any way, then please contact me at justine.sundaram@bc.edu or 617-552-4861.

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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