Category Archives: Archives & Manuscripts

G. K. Chesterton: the Catholic Apologist

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born on May 29, 1874, in London, the eldest son of Edward Chesterton and Marie Louise Grosjean. Chesterton had a happy childhood and his parents encouraged his interests in art and literature. Chesterton’s brother Cecil … Continue reading

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Peter Levi: the Priest Turned Poet

Peter Chad Tigar Levi was born in Ruslip, Middlesex, England, on May 16, 1931. He was the second son of Herbert and Mollie Levi.  Peter’s father came from Istanbul and descended from a family of Sephardic carpet merchants, and his … Continue reading

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Williams Ethnological Collection

The John J. Burns Library is home to the formerly named Nicholas M. Williams Ethnological Collection, now known at the library simply as the Williams Ethnological Collection. A large and important amount of material with especial strengths in Carribeana and … Continue reading

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Maurice Baring: The Forgotten Giant of English Letters

Maurice Baring was a diplomat, Royal Air Force officer, and an elder statesman of English letters in the early twentieth century, who was accomplished in many literary forms, including poetry, drama, journalism, fiction, critical essays, and learned literary spoofs. He … Continue reading

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Instruction at the Burns Library Spring Semester 2016

The Burns Library hosted forty-one class sessions this past semester, including two that met weekly. Burns Scholar, Colman O’Clabaigh, taught the course, Religion and Community in Ireland, 1215–1526 every Thursday in The Irish Room while Professor Robert Savage of History … Continue reading

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Boston College Nursing: Cushing Hall

After numerous struggles, the nursing students finally established their presence on campus. In 1958, Archbishop Cushing generously donated funds to allow the Nursing School a building of its own on the Boston College Main Campus. This building, still in existence … Continue reading

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Celebrating Jane Jacobs on her 100th birthday

May 4th, 2016 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of one of the most influential people in modern urban societies today. Jane Jacobs, a writer and social activist of the 1960’s, completely changed the look of and approach … Continue reading

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