Blog in Review: Spring Semester 2012

Bapst Library, the fourth building constructed on Boston College's Chestnut Hill campus, photograph by Clifton Church.

Bapst Library, the fourth building constructed on Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus, photograph by Clifton Church.

Dear Burns Library Blog Readers,

The Spring 2012 semester is drawing to a close and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading the John J. Burns Library’s blog this semester and to remind you of the great posts written by our enthusiastic staff members and student employees whose contributions have so enriched the blog this semester.  In January, student assistants Kathleen Horigan and Carolyn Twomey brought you a story from the Information Wanted Database and  I wrote about the process of writing your own edition for Professor Robert Stanton’s “Introduction to Advanced Research Methods” class.  In February, Senior Cataloger David Richtmyer expounded on the digitization of the earliest printed book owned by Burns,  Rachel Banke recounted her research process for her senior thesis on American Responses to Pre-Famine Irish Immigrants, you were treated to the beautiful photos available on Flickr of the early Boston College campus and AUL for Special Collections Bridget Burke posted about the Burns Library’s Jesuitica Collection, especially its strengths in the sciences.

This image shows you some of the correspondence Speaker O'Neill received regarding the Equal Rights Amendment, Thomas P. O'Neill Papers, CA2009-01, Box 190, Folder 2.

This image shows you some of the correspondence Speaker O’Neill received regarding the Equal Rights Amendment, Box 190, Folder 2, Thomas P. O’Neill Papers, CA.2009.001, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

In March, we re-posted an entry on Tom Williams in honor of Senior Special Cataloging Assistant Meghan Madden’s exhibit at Burns,  Senior Cataloger David Richtmyer shared a fascinating autograph discovery, Librarian Sarah Hogan recounted some insights into the history of the Equal Rights Amendment found in the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. , Congressional Papers and Irish Studies Librarian Kathleen Williams brought you an exhibition post about early twentieth century recommended reading in Ireland.

In April, Burns Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard explored the artistry of the Traffic Street Press, graduate student Andrew Kuhn gave us a nice overview of the Rural Ireland exhibition at the McMullen Museum, undergraduate student Lily Connolly recounted the illustrious history of track at Boston College for Marathon Monday, graduate student James Daryn Henry and I honored the humanities during Arts Festival week with a look at Father Sweeney’s Humanities Series Director’s Records and finally Collection Development Librarian Brendan Rapple took a closer look at the Pamela Frankau Papers.

Traffic Street Press Books

Traffic Street Press Books

I thank you for reading and hope that you will continue to keep up with us as we uncover new stories and surprises here at the Burns Library.  If you have an idea for the blog, a suggestion for a post or would just like to get in touch then please contact the Burns Library Reading Room at 617-552-4861 or

  • Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian, John J. 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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