Category Archives: Boston History

Sounds of Mid-20th Century Irish America: Irish Traditional Music in Boston and New York

Two collections of open-reel tapes of Irish traditional music in Boston and New York (1950s-1960s) have been digitized by Boston College Libraries. Continue reading

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In His Own Grave: Undertaker Thomas Murray’s Record of St. Augustine Cemetery Burials, 1833-1839

1840 Janury 7 Thomas Murray 59 yrs in his own grave Buried from South Boston ~~ Final entry in Thomas Murray’s record ~~ In 21 pages of closely written entries in a slim 8″ x 10” notebook, undertaker Thomas Murray … Continue reading

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Boston in the Early Republic

The John J. Burns Library’s Boston collection houses approximately 4,500 works about the city and its neighboring municipalities. While the majority of this collection encompasses material from the 19th and 20th centuries, as a result of the remarkable growth in … Continue reading

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Fenway Park: Boston’s Bandbox

Fenway Park is one of the long-standing treasures of New England, that contains within it the history and tradition of many generations and their beloved baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. Nestled on the intersection of Lansdowne and Yawkey Way, … Continue reading

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Robert Morris: A Man of “Energy and Iron Will”

The John J. Burns Library holds books from the personal library of the eminent nineteenth century Boston lawyer, Robert Morris (1823-1882). The majority of the Morris Library has been housed in the Bostonia Collection, a group of  materials aimed at … Continue reading

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Archives Diary: John L. Sullivan, The Game of Life

John Lawrence Sullivan (1858-1918) started his career as an outlaw engaged in illegal prizefighting, became a popular hero and the first American heavyweight champion, went on to the vaudeville stage, and ended his life on a quiet farm. Best known … Continue reading

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Archives Diary: The Making of the John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial

The Boston College University Libraries have digitized the James Jeffrey Roche Letters.  This Burns Library collection is now available online at http://hdl.handle.net/2345/1119 as part of Boston College University Libraries Digital Collections. Roche (1870 – 1908) was an Irish born journalist who edited The Pilot, starting … Continue reading

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