Monthly Archives: November 2021

Hey, why can’t I use that?

Hello, from back-of-house here at Burns Library. We (the archives team) are regularly asked why some of our archival collections–or portions of them–are unavailable to researchers. There are lots of reasons, but the big ones are:  Donor-imposed restrictions Unprepared for … Continue reading

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What’s in An Ad?: Examining Advertisements in Theater Programs

Some of the more popular collections we bring out for class use– comics and Boston College athletic programs— engage students’ curiosity not just because of their content but also due to the presence of advertisements. While in our present day, … Continue reading

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Learning Mildred: Provenance and Inclusion Materials

One of the more interesting aspects of my job as a cataloger is that I manage and maintain the inclusion files for Burns Library. The inclusion files are just what they sound like: four filing cabinets, stuffed to the brim … Continue reading

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Can I Have Your Autograph?

The Authors Collection here at Burns Library is one of the most wide ranging – subject wise as well as timeframe. It covers 340 years (ranging from 1665-2005), though the bulk of the collection dates from 1790 to 1900. The … Continue reading

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