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Category Archives: Cataloger’s Corner
A book may be interesting on the basis of its physical features, its intellectual content, or its history of ownership. Here we have the trifecta: a book of unusual, even beautiful, material construction, containing a text of scholarly interest, and … Continue reading
One of the most rewarding aspects of rare book cataloging is seeing and decoding the various markers of history that make their way into the pages. Most of these markers are permanent – bookplates, sellers’ and binders’ tickets, annotations, and … Continue reading
In August 2014, the Burns Library purchased a large collection of almost one hundred pamphlets, flyers and annual reports from many charitable organizations which served the Boston area in the 1800s and early 1900s. This extensive collection provides a window into Boston life … Continue reading
Collections tell stories about their former owners. (John) Douglas Woodruff’s personal collection, acquired from his estate many years ago, uncovers his interest in communist and fascist era propaganda. Born in 1897, Woodruff was known for his erudition and wit. After … Continue reading
In the New Year of 1846, the children of Boston were given a New Year’s present: “Pictures from Memory’s Gallery”. An anonymous, eloquent author, in a pamphlet entitled Pictures from Memory: A New Year’s Gift from the Warren Street Chapel, … Continue reading
The Sacred Heart Review was a Catholic newspaper published in Cambridge and Boston from 1888 to 1918 devoted to local, national, and international news. The entire 60-volume run has been digitized and is now available online as part of the Boston College … Continue reading
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a review of selected Burns Library exhibits, blog posts and Flickr sets that showcase materials from the Burns Library’s Irish Collection. If you missed the post about the Burns Library’s Seamus Heaney exhibit … Continue reading