Category Archives: Featured Collections & Books

Wilfrid and Alice Meynell: The Couple at the Heart of Great Britain’s Catholic Revival

Wilfrid Meynell was born into a Quaker family in 1852 (he would live until 1948!) and converted to Catholicism at age eighteen. Although Meynell first considered a career in chemistry, he had a great interest in literary endeavors which he … Continue reading

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Voodoo Works in the Williams Collection

In the wake of the racially fueled Civil War, a distinct interest in the cultures of the formerly enslaved peoples came to the fore of American interest. As the boundaries of race relations began to shift, a general lack of … Continue reading

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William Morris and the Kelmscott Press

“The question…is this, whether we are to have books which are beautiful as books; books in which type, paper, woodcuts, and the due arrangement of all these are to be considered, and which are so treated as to produce a … Continue reading

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Francis Thompson and the Beginnings of the Burns Library

This is the second post in a series detailing the many British Catholic Author Collections of the Burns Library. You can read previous posts here. In the John J. Burns Library’s British Catholic Authors Collection there are several distinct collections built … Continue reading

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The Golden Cockerel Press

Abebooks, an online rare book dealer, identifies fine and private presses in the following manner: “A fine press is a type of publisher that produces books of a high intrinsic and artistic quality…[A] private press…is a type of small press … Continue reading

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Anthony Rhodes: the Catholic Historian

This is the first post in a series detailing the many British Catholic Author Collections of the Burns Library. Anthony Rhodes was born in Plymouth, England on September 24, 1916 to Colonel George E. Rhodes and his wife Dorothy Rhodes. … Continue reading

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James Brendan Connolly: Olympian, Author, Bostonian

Did you know that the first American Olympic medalist was a Bostonian and also a writer of sea stories?  James Brendan Connolly is perhaps no longer a familiar name, but he was once considered the “foremost among sea-writers”(Dwyer,1).  Fabien P. … Continue reading

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