Monthly Archives: October 2020

Designing Exhibits: Behind the scenes of the Burns Bestiary

To mark the launch of our newest online exhibit, the Burns Bestiary, I’m taking you behind the scenes for a look at what it takes to create the graphic design for this –and all our other exhibits– both online and … Continue reading

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Mysteries in the Stacks; or, The Allan P. Kirby Jr. Collection

Dime novels were hastily written, formulaic and sensational stories marketed to teenage boys. Examples of the genre held in Burns Library are the related “nickel weeklies.” Popular subjects include detectives, pirates, inventors, and heroes of American history. Publishers employed an … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 6, Side 2

Audio in reel 6, side 2 includes James Morrison, Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band, Tom Cawley, Paddy Killoran, John McKenna, Michael Gaffney, Pat Gaffney, Brian O’Donnell, Mike Flynn, Andy Conroy, and others. Continue reading

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Beautiful Historic Wooden Book Covers in Burns Library

In the course of my job at John J. Burns Library, I often find amazing archival materials by chance while working on conservation projects. The jeweled binding of a Bulgarian manuscript held at Burns Library is one such serendipitous find. … Continue reading

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