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Browse our Instagram!#Commencement2022Boston College Commencement, 1965, Alumni Stadium. The event hasn't changed too much.Thomas Craven, class of 1917, kept a diary during his senior year, noted that June 4 was the “Harbor Trip” and a “Beautiful Day,” and included a brief account: "With 68 aboard we sailed down to Peddock’s Island where two ball games were held. After much delay we, hungry as bears, landed at Bass Point and had dinner at the Relay House. Some of the fellows had a “glorious” time with the kegs which were on board. After dinner we adjourned to the roller skating pavilion where a very rough party ensued. Our white overhalls were very needful here. We landed at City Point about 8 o’clock." This is a photo of Craven and friends on their class outing - wearing their “overhalls” and an interesting assortment of hats.Celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating nursing students of 1965, Dean Rita P. Kelleher (1908-2009) with students at the pinning ceremony at St. Ignatius.
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Category Archives: Acquisitions
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
While Burns Library usually acquires its rare books and special collections by purchase or donation, the rare and unusual will sometimes turn up at another library within Boston College. This 1805 edition of Masses, vespers, litanies, hymns, psalms, anthems & … Continue reading
Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife “to celebrate the work … 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
For many of us, the political protest, music, and fashion of the 1960s and 1970s are the most recognizable aspects of the countercultural revolution. But the literature of that era can provide a window into that movement’s values, its struggles, … Continue reading
Born in the rough-and-tumble Bronx in 1944, photojournalist Michael Schwartz became attracted to the still tougher neighborhoods of West Belfast during the late stages of the political conflict known as “The Troubles.” During the decade leading up to the 1998 … Continue reading
A book may be interesting on the basis of its physical features, its intellectual content, or its history of ownership. Here we have the trifecta: a book of unusual, even beautiful, material construction, containing a text of scholarly interest, and … Continue reading
One of the many advantages of working in a special collections library is the opportunity to browse in the stacks. I regularly browse while checking the climate control monitors throughout the building. During one such walk-through, a suede binding resembling … Continue reading
“I arrived in Dublin on Holy Thursday…” Although we are often excited about material the Burns Library acquires, we usually wait to tell potential researchers about our new collections until we’ve done our work: stabilizing and preserving through conservation and … Continue reading