Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

What’s in An Ad?: Examining Advertisements in Theater Programs

Some of the more popular collections we bring out for class use– comics and Boston College athletic programs— engage students’ curiosity not just because of their content but also due to the presence of advertisements. While in our present day, … Continue reading

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Can I Have Your Autograph?

The Authors Collection here at Burns Library is one of the most wide ranging – subject wise as well as timeframe. It covers 340 years (ranging from 1665-2005), though the bulk of the collection dates from 1790 to 1900. The … Continue reading

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The Personalized Library: Links Between People and Books

It’s a near universal rule that you should never write in any library book. However, you can nevertheless find notes in many of our books, remnants of their pasts before being acquired by Burns Library. These marks provide hints about … Continue reading

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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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