Reading Room Log: Burns Library Fall 2011 Update

The John J. Burns Library's entrance is located on the side of the Bapst building that faces Commonwealth Avenue.

The John J. Burns Library’s entrance is located on the side of the Bapst building that faces Commonwealth Avenue.

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer and that you’re excited to start another (or perhaps, your first) academic year here at Boston College.  During the summer, the elevator servicing the Bapst and Burns Libraries was replaced.  The Burns Library Reading Room remained open to researchers by appointment and stalwart Burns student employees and staff members carefully carried over 100 boxes upstairs by hand so that we could support research in archival and manuscript collections during over 150 visits by researchers. The Jane Jacobs, Thomas P. O’Neill, and Rex Stout Papers were among the  most requested collections.  In addition to providing physical access, online access to Burns Library’s Collections expanded when a manuscript from the Burns Library’s Yeats Collection, a never before published play Love and Death by W. B. Yeats, was made available online in July.   We also worked on a Burns Library LibGuide– a research and informational guide to help you navigate the Burns Library’s collections.

Here you can see some Dolmen Press books on display in the O'Brien Fine Print Room at the Burns Library.

Here you can see some Dolmen Press books on display in the O’Brien Fine Print Room at the Burns Library.

Coordinated by Burns Senior Special Collections Cataloging Assistant Meaghan Madden and with help from Burns Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard, Burns Cataloging student employee Gina Choi has put together a new exhibition of Fine Print books.  This exhibit is now available in the bookcases of the O’Brien Fine Print Room.  This books in this exhibit will rotate periodically and this wonderful display presents a great chance to see some beautifully printed books form the Burns Library’s Collections.   Don’t forget that while classes are in session, the Burns Library is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in addition to our Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information on hours and holiday closings, see the Boston College Libraries hours page.  We are always looking for opportunities to integrate Burns Library materials into classes here at Boston College.  For example, Andrew Sofer’s EN889 class will be exploring the Samuel Beckett Collections at Burns, in particular the collection of correspondence between Samuel Beckett and his American Director Alan Schneider.  This correspondence has also been published by Harvard University Press under the title No Author Better Served, edited by Maurice Harmon.  Whether you’re looking for primary sources to be used in a single class session or as an ongoing student research project, the Burns Library can help you to enrich your classes with primary source materials.  If you’re interested in visiting Burns for an instructional session, then please contact the Burns Library at 617-552-4861 or burnsref@bc.edu .  We very much look forward to working with all of you and wish you all the best for this coming academic year!

  • Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library

Phone #:  617-552-4861

E-Mail:  justine.sundaram@bc.edu

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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