Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

Can you spot the difference? Facsimiles in the Burns Library

The Book of Kells is one of the best known medieval manuscripts in the world, due in part to its distinctive insular style and its status as an emblem of Irish national history and identity. Created around 800 AD, the … Continue reading

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Ephemerality and digital dark ages; or, a day in the life of a mayfly

Over the last two years, the Burns Library Archives and Manuscripts team have made clear strides in how our donors and our subject area curators identify, evaluate, and select born digital material for inclusion in the archives. We’ve reimagined our … Continue reading

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A Visit to Georgetown, May 1840, from the MacNeven Family Collection

Kindly write to me, my dear Jane, describe for me the scenery and the people. Let it be a poem and a picture. Jane MacNeven (New York City) to her daughter, Jane Mary MacNeven (Georgetown), 10 May 1840 Within Burns … Continue reading

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Reshelving the Burns Stacks

You’ve probably been told that the Burns Library is “closed stacks,” meaning that librarians pull all of the materials that a user might want, and provide access to them in our reading room. But you may be surprised to learn … Continue reading

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Dear Ones at Home: The Hattie M. and Merritt Morse Papers

I found a bit of Cotton with the seeds in it just as it grew. It is dirty, but i will put it in you can if you wish plant them & see how it grows. when growing it is … Continue reading

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George F. Trenholm: Typophile Before @TypeTuesday was a Thing

“Have you ever stopped to think how much type affects your thoughts, your movements, your health, your wealth, or in fact your very life?” Continue reading

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Hey, why can’t I use that?

Hello, from back-of-house here at Burns Library. We (the archives team) are regularly asked why some of our archival collections–or portions of them–are unavailable to researchers. There are lots of reasons, but the big ones are:  Donor-imposed restrictions Unprepared for … Continue reading

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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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