Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

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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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, reel 9, side 1

Audio in reel 9, side 1 includes Paddy O’Sullivan (Baltygarron) on fiddle and the Paddy Killoran Club of New York City. Continue reading

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Cable Code: Technological Shorthand from Another Era

Special Collections in many ways is a history of written technology. Browsing our collections is a tour through communication innovations– from vellum manuscripts to the invention of the printing press to the beginning of machine-press paper and the start of … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 6, Side 2

Audio in reel 6, side 2 includes James Morrison, Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band, Tom Cawley, Paddy Killoran, John McKenna, Michael Gaffney, Pat Gaffney, Brian O’Donnell, Mike Flynn, Andy Conroy, and others. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 6, Side 1

Audio in reel 6, side 1 includes fiddle legends Michael Coleman, Lad O’Beirne, Tom Cawley, Denis Murphy, and Hugh Gillespie. Continue reading

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The Evolution of “Senior Week” at Boston College: A Toast to the Class of 2020

Communion breakfasts, clambakes, casino nights, parent receptions, and booze cruises are just a few of the traditional events that have marked Boston College seniors’ final days as students. Student staff are an important part of the work at Burns Library, … Continue reading

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The Recollections of Edward Hartwell Savage

This week’s blog post is guest written by one of our research fellows, Nicole Breault, who was able to travel to Burns Library and conduct research earlier this year as part of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium With the … Continue reading

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Florence Nightingale Bicentennial: Year of the Nurse and Midwife

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

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John Louis Bonn, the Bard, and Boston College Theater in the 1940s

      John Louis Bonn, SJ, who taught theater at Boston College between 1930-1949 and directed the School of Dramatic Arts from 1937-1943, made a lasting impression on Boston College’s theater culture. Bonn directed many student plays and documented … Continue reading

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