Category Archives: Irish Studies

Flann O’Brien and the Irish Typewriter

The turn of the 20th century brought with it the invention of the first “modern” typewriter, produced by the Underwood Typewriter Company in 1900. Prior to the release of the Underwood, typewriters were not as widely used nor easily accessible … Continue reading

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A Visit to Georgetown, May 1840, from the MacNeven Family Collection

Kindly write to me, my dear Jane, describe for me the scenery and the people. Let it be a poem and a picture. Jane MacNeven (New York City) to her daughter, Jane Mary MacNeven (Georgetown), 10 May 1840 Within Burns … Continue reading

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Bean na hÉireann (The Woman of Ireland)

We’re a bit late to it, but March was Women’s History Month and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. As a graduating senior in the history and women’s studies department, this March felt like my month. With the help of a … Continue reading

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The Many Editions of Gulliver’s Travels

One of the things that the Burns Library is known for is our extensive Irish collection and Anglo-Irish author, Jonathan Swift is no exception. Though known widely for his satirical essay, “A Modest Proposal,” undoubtedly his most famous work is … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Irish Folklore Studies

Walking through the stacks that contain the Williams Ethnological Collection, it is quite easy for one to be distracted by the sheer amount of titles that deal with folklore of different nations and peoples. Yet knowing that often the material … Continue reading

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Women’s Troubles: Locating Northern Irish Women in Special Collections and Archives

For far too long, researchers have faced difficulties in locating women in the historical record. While that was often the result of research decisions and collection development that deliberately and/or incidentally privileged men as historical actors. It is important to … Continue reading

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New Blog for Irish Music Archives

For readers who have been enjoying our Irish music blog posts, we are happy to announce the launch of a new blog and website dedicated to Burns Library’s Irish Music Archives. The new blog at bcirishmusic.wordpress.com will feature content that reflects the vibrant tradition of Irish music and dance at BC.  Continue reading

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Interview with “Historian of Memory” Guy Beiner, New BC Irish Studies Director

As frequent readers of our blog may know, Burns Library holds the most comprehensive collections pertaining to modern Irish history, literature and culture outside the island of Ireland, and we enjoy working with Irish Studies scholars from around the world. … Continue reading

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Remembering Brian Burns: A Lasting Legacy at Burns Library

As we begin this new academic year, we are saddened by the recent loss of our primary benefactor, Brian P. Burns, and fondly recall his warm friendship and the vital roles he played in establishing Burns Library and providing ongoing … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 112

Audio in reel 112 includes Owen Frain on flute; Jimmy Kelly on piano; and Paddy Cronin on fiddle/flute. Continue reading

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