Category Archives: University Archives

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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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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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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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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Second Spring

Springtime at Boston College is almost magical. The bitter cold and looming darkness that cast over the winter months melt away into the season of warmth and renewal. The howling winds on the Heights calm to a mild spring breeze … Continue reading

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A Lost Rivalry Renewed: BC vs. Holy Cross

Although 40 miles separate Boston College and Holy Cross, the history and tradition of two of the top Jesuit schools in the country, both in the classroom and on the gridiron, is inseparable. In September of 2018, at Alumni Stadium, … Continue reading

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Feeling Social

It’s summertime. We’re getting together with friends around the backyard grill or nearest swimming hole. This got the archives staff thinking; now that so many of our interactions are virtual rather than analog, face-to-face, or physically represented, what have we … Continue reading

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A Programmed History of Boston College’s Theater

One aspect of Boston College’s Robsham Theater Arts Center stands out above the rest: its windows. The lure of its elongated mirrors is too great to resist, reflecting both banners of previous productions and the people who walk by the … Continue reading

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Boston College Remembers J. Donald Monan, SJ (1924-2017)

  J. Donald Monan, SJ, the 24th president and first chancellor of Boston College, died on March 18, 2017. The significance of Fr. Monan’s contributions to Boston College and the Boston College Libraries over his decades in office cannot be overstated. … 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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