Exhibitions Update: One Story Draws Another

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Scéal a tharraingíonn scéal.  Just as the Burns Library’s iconic Ford Tower evokes the tower of Ballylee Castle, which Irish poet W. B. Yeats purchased, restored, and celebrated in the popular anthology of his verse depicted in our exhibit poster, so does one story draw another, as the Irish proverb goes.  As staff in the Burns Library, we frequently find ourselves exploring connections behind our rare book and manuscript collections in just this way.  When we pull at their narrative threads, we often discover a web of related materials.  Following the stories we uncover leads us on to more stories.  When we share these stories with our researchers, they in turn share their discoveries with us.  As the Irish proverb goes,  scéal a tharraingíonn scéal or one story draws another.

There are many such stories in the Irish collections, which are the most frequently consulted materials in the Burns Library.  Whether a book, a manuscript, a broadside, a letter, or a musical instrument, each component of the Irish collections offers an opportunity to learn more about the history, literature, and culture of Ireland and Irish America.

The exhibit is divided into four sections:  Irish-American Fine Press Books, Irish Traditional Music, Irish American History in Boston, and Irish Literature.  Beginning in March, the exhibit will also feature a fifth section highlighting published scholarship that utilizes research materials from the Burns Library’s Irish collections.  To learn more about this exhibit, including a list of sources for further study, read this exhibit handout.

One Story Draws Another will be on display in the Burns Library through June 8th, 2015.  The exhibit is open whenever the Burns Library is open, so please check the BC Libraries hours page for the Burns Library’s open hours.

Ccdupontportraithristian Dupont                                                                                         Burns Librarian and                                                                   Associate University Librarian for Special Collections

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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