Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

The Campus of the Future? The Chestnut Hill Campus, Real and Imagined

The Chestnut Hill campus of Boston College (BC) has beautiful architecture, views, greenspaces, and recreation areas. Construction projects occasionally add less peaceful notes to the scene, but the resulting disruption is a sign of growth. As the university develops, new … Continue reading

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Remembering Brian Burns: A Lasting Legacy at Burns Library

As we begin this new academic year, we are saddened by the recent loss of our primary benefactor, Brian P. Burns, and fondly recall his warm friendship and the vital roles he played in establishing Burns Library and providing ongoing … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 112

Audio in reel 112 includes Owen Frain on flute; Jimmy Kelly on piano; and Paddy Cronin on fiddle/flute. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 2 Side 1

Audio in reel 2, side 1 includes Hugh Gillespie, Patrick Cawley, Tim Fitzpatrick, and more. Continue reading

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Notes from abroad: the correspondence of Charlotte Louisa Hawkins Dempster

I’m always on the lookout for material at Burns Library that shows different corners of the world, has an underrepresented viewpoint, or can be useful for classes. I’ve discovered travel writings can be a treasure trove when researching globalization and … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 47

Audio in reel 47 of the Smith collection features the New State Ceili Band of Boston. Continue reading

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Community Connections: Young Men’s Catholic Association of Boston College records, 1875-1941

The YMCA of Boston College was not “the” YMCA, nor was it an official part of Boston College. It organized in 1875 when Boston’s Catholic newspaper, the Pilot, published a letter from Boston College President, Robert Fulton, SJ, proposing the … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 9, Side 2

Audio in reel 9, side 2 includes Sean Quinn, Louis Quinn, Sean McGuire, Paddy Killoran, Pete Reilly, Paddy O’Sullivan (Baltygarron), and the Paddy Killoran Club of New York City.
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A Tale of Two Irish Harps: John Egan fine-tunes the national instrument

This week’s blog post is guest written by Boston-based harpist and harp historian Nancy Hurrell, author of The Egan Irish Harps: Tradition, Patrons and Players (Four Courts Press, 2019). The Boston College Libraries helped support the volume’s publication through the … Continue reading

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Illustration of a Political Campaign: Loyal National Repeal Association of Ireland scrapbook

The Loyal National Repeal Association was founded in 1841 by Irish politician Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847), the leader of the movement for the repeal of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland. O’Connell fostered mass participation in the association … Continue reading

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