Category Archives: Featured Collections & Books

Reframing the Present: The Renaissance Architecture of Andrea Palladio

In 1452, the Italian polymath Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) completed his De re aedificatoria, the first theoretical treatment of architecture since Vitruvius wrote his De architectura in 15 BC. This classical text served as the main inspiration for Alberti’s treatise, … Continue reading

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One Story Draws Another: Irish American History in Boston

  These selections from the Irish American manuscript collections at the Burns Library are loosely bound together by common threads of shared affiliation with the University and with the City of Boston – its business and its politics. To each of us working on … Continue reading

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One Story Draws Another: Researcher Stories

The fifth and final section of  the Burns Library exhibit One Story Draws Another, featuring publications that draw on one or more Burns Library Irish collections, is now on display in the Ford Tower.   This Researcher Stories section joins the four … Continue reading

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Black Literature as American History: The Works of Phillis Wheatley, Countee Cullen, and Richard Wright

Black History Month has been celebrated during the month of February since its precursor—Carter G. Woodson’s Negro History Week—was first observed in 1926. Black History Month provides an opportunity to commemorate the various contributions of black Americans to the history … Continue reading

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Crossroads of Culture: Cristobál de Morales’ Missarum Liber Primus and Early Music Printing in Europe

A book of polyphony written by a Spanish composer who worked in Rome, printed by an Italian living in France, inscribed with the ownership markings of a Portuguese monastery, sits in an American university library. The Missarum liber primus (First … Continue reading

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Feeling the Cold?: Robert Boyle’s Experiments with Temperature

The seventeenth century was a crucial turning point for chemistry; it marked the beginning of the transition from alchemy to modern chemistry and the scientific method. Robert Boyle (1627–1691) is widely considered to be one of the period’s most influential … Continue reading

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History in the Making

During the Fall 2014 semester, Professor Virginia Reinburg’s history class “Early Printed Books:  History and Craft” was enhanced by integrating books from the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections into the curriculum, and by incorporating hands-on … Continue reading

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