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Can you spot the difference? Facsimiles in the Burns Library

The Book of Kells is one of the best known medieval manuscripts in the world, due in part to its distinctive insular style and its status as an emblem of Irish national history and identity. Created around 800 AD, the … Continue reading

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Ephemerality and digital dark ages; or, a day in the life of a mayfly

Over the last two years, the Burns Library Archives and Manuscripts team have made clear strides in how our donors and our subject area curators identify, evaluate, and select born digital material for inclusion in the archives. We’ve reimagined our … Continue reading

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A Visit to Georgetown, May 1840, from the MacNeven Family Collection

Kindly write to me, my dear Jane, describe for me the scenery and the people. Let it be a poem and a picture. Jane MacNeven (New York City) to her daughter, Jane Mary MacNeven (Georgetown), 10 May 1840 Within Burns … Continue reading

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Bean na hÉireann (The Woman of Ireland)

We’re a bit late to it, but March was Women’s History Month and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. As a graduating senior in the history and women’s studies department, this March felt like my month. With the help of a … Continue reading

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The Many Editions of Gulliver’s Travels

One of the things that the Burns Library is known for is our extensive Irish collection and Anglo-Irish author, Jonathan Swift is no exception. Though known widely for his satirical essay, “A Modest Proposal,” undoubtedly his most famous work is … Continue reading

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Reshelving the Burns Stacks

You’ve probably been told that the Burns Library is “closed stacks,” meaning that librarians pull all of the materials that a user might want, and provide access to them in our reading room. But you may be surprised to learn … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Irish Folklore Studies

Walking through the stacks that contain the Williams Ethnological Collection, it is quite easy for one to be distracted by the sheer amount of titles that deal with folklore of different nations and peoples. Yet knowing that often the material … Continue reading

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Women’s Troubles: Locating Northern Irish Women in Special Collections and Archives

For far too long, researchers have faced difficulties in locating women in the historical record. While that was often the result of research decisions and collection development that deliberately and/or incidentally privileged men as historical actors. It is important to … Continue reading

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Mining for Meaning: Gathering and Interpreting Qualitative Student Feedback in Instruction Sessions

How do you know if a class was effective? While we have some baseline measures – gut check: was an ambulance needed for the instructor or students? No? Success! – gathering feedback from students is an essential tool in knowing … Continue reading

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Dear Ones at Home: The Hattie M. and Merritt Morse Papers

I found a bit of Cotton with the seeds in it just as it grew. It is dirty, but i will put it in you can if you wish plant them & see how it grows. when growing it is … Continue reading

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