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“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
Despite its concrete status on campus today, the Boston College School of Nursing was not always a part of the University. In fact, in its official capacity as an on-campus entity of Boston College, what is now known as the … Continue reading
In the final semester of my Boston College career, I have had the good fortune of serving as a Conservation Assistant under Barbara Adams Hebard in the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections conservation lab. As … Continue reading
In the middle of the nineteenth century, Americans of all ages flocked to exhibits of people with physical abnormalities, more commonly called “freak shows.” P.T. Barnum, of Barnum and Bailey Circus fame, played a major role in popularizing freak shows, … Continue reading
These selections from the Irish American manuscript collections at the Burns Library are loosely bound together by common threads of shared affiliation with the University and with the City of Boston – its business and its politics. To each of us working on … Continue reading
Being called upon to help decipher bad handwriting is an occupational hazard for the staff of the Burns Library, home to hundreds of linear feet of correspondence written by thousands of individuals – political and religious leaders, literary figures, bank … Continue reading