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Browse our Instagram!We have just installed a #SpineTingling exhibit: Golden Spiders & Black Orchids: a “Satisfactory” Look into the Life & Mysteries of Rex Stout. Stout, best known for his Nero Wolfe Detective novels, was an author, activist, chef, gardener, and devotee of the beard. Using the 5 Burns collections related to Rex Stout, this exhibit explores Stout’s fiction and its adaptations, his politics activism, and his hobbies. Drop by to see it onsite, or online at bit.ly/33ia6kS #LibrariesOfInstagram #ArchivesOfInstagram #RexStout #NeroWolfe #ArchieGoodwin #LibraryExhibitMondays...right? An illustration, probably from The Capuchin Annual, found in the Richard J. King Collection (MS2006-04) #ArchivesOfInstagram #RatherBeReading #ShakingOffTheIntroversion #RichardKingA student asked me what the most interesting thing I’ve found here was, and while I was debating my answer, an amazing colleague showed me this #peepshow (TF73 .G47 1835 General) of an early German #train as one of her favorite items! #artistbooks #illustrations #thetrainisnamedevil #newfavoritebook #alwaysaskacolleagueforcoolthings #thisishardtoohotograph #trustmeitiscoolGetting an early start today to set up examples of symbols to investigate in art with @jane.cassidy ‘s @bostoncollegeartdepartment Intro class! They’re doing research before designing their own #tarotcards #artistsoninstagram #engravings #libraryinstruction #9amclasses
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Funeral practices in the United States moved from personal residences to funeral homes in the late 19th century. Until that period, families laid out their own dead, wakes were held in houses, and burials — by necessity — swiftly followed … Continue reading
When we think about the history of cults and communes in the United States, we often jump to the big names: The Manson Family, Jim Jones’ People’s Temple, the Branch Davidians, the Ragjneeshpurams. What we may not consider is that … Continue reading
Many unique or rare archival audio recordings in Burns Library collections have been unavailable to researchers due to the fragility of their storage media (think: cassette tapes, vinyl records, and their predecessors). Any time a recording is played might be … Continue reading
Politics. It is a topic that elicits a variety of emotional and intellectual responses in our currently very polarized environment. It makes you wonder what the attitudes and perceptions of politics were 20 or even 30 years ago. To shed … Continue reading
Among the most eye-catching books acquired recently by Burns Library is this collection of masses by the prolific and influential Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Printed in 1570, in Rome, this is the first edition of the third collection … Continue reading
During a review of recently-digitized audio in John J. Burns Library’s Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, we asked our friend and former BC colleague Séamus Connolly to listen to a fiddle segment on tape reel #6 that Joe Lamont’s tracklist … Continue reading