Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

Cherish the Memory: Conservation at the Burns Library

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

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The Fairy Sisters Ephemera

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

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One Story Draws Another: Irish American History in Boston

  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

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One Story Draws Another: Researcher Stories

The fifth and final section of  the Burns Library exhibit One Story Draws Another, featuring publications that draw on one or more Burns Library Irish collections, is now on display in the Ford Tower.   This Researcher Stories section joins the four … Continue reading

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Exhibitions Update: One Story Draws Another

Scéal a tharraingíonn scéal.  Just as the Burns Library’s iconic Ford Tower evokes the tower of Ballylee Castle, which Irish poet W. B. Yeats purchased, restored, and celebrated in the popular anthology of his verse depicted in our exhibit poster, … Continue reading

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Caribbean Travel Guides in the Williams Collection

In the middle of this New England winter, it’s easy for all of us to get lost in daydreams of faraway places. Images of sun-dappled beaches, tropical islands, and swaying palms might flood our minds as we trudge through the … Continue reading

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Michael H. Leary Letters

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

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