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Browse our Instagram!#Commencement2022Boston College Commencement, 1965, Alumni Stadium. The event hasn't changed too much.Thomas Craven, class of 1917, kept a diary during his senior year, noted that June 4 was the “Harbor Trip” and a “Beautiful Day,” and included a brief account: "With 68 aboard we sailed down to Peddock’s Island where two ball games were held. After much delay we, hungry as bears, landed at Bass Point and had dinner at the Relay House. Some of the fellows had a “glorious” time with the kegs which were on board. After dinner we adjourned to the roller skating pavilion where a very rough party ensued. Our white overhalls were very needful here. We landed at City Point about 8 o’clock." This is a photo of Craven and friends on their class outing - wearing their “overhalls” and an interesting assortment of hats.Celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating nursing students of 1965, Dean Rita P. Kelleher (1908-2009) with students at the pinning ceremony at St. Ignatius.
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The Book of Kells is one of the best known medieval manuscripts in the world, due in part to its distinctive insular style and its status as an emblem of Irish national history and identity. Created around 800 AD, the … Continue reading
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
While Burns Library usually acquires its rare books and special collections by purchase or donation, the rare and unusual will sometimes turn up at another library within Boston College. This 1805 edition of Masses, vespers, litanies, hymns, psalms, anthems & … Continue reading
The Williams Ethnological Collection is one of our more diverse collections of published materials, assembled by the Jesuit missionary and ethnologist Joseph J. Williams, SJ and largely focused on Africa & the Caribbean. Many of the volumes are White European … Continue reading
This past year, staff at Burns Library took the opportunity to recatalog and rehouse one of our most popular collections – The Edward J. Kane Collection of Comics. First received in 2008 from retired Boston College professor Edward J. Kane, … Continue reading
One of the more interesting aspects of my job as a cataloger is that I manage and maintain the inclusion files for Burns Library. The inclusion files are just what they sound like: four filing cabinets, stuffed to the brim … Continue reading
The leaves are changing, the air finally has that crisp New England bite, and Halloween is finally upon us here at Boston College. Even just being in Burns Library makes me feel like I am at Hogwarts with our Gothic … Continue reading
Most of the books at Burns Library have passed through the hands of many owners before arriving on our shelves. Discerning a book’s sequence of owners, or provenance, is fascinating, and the inevitable comparisons to puzzles and mystery solving are … Continue reading
It’s a near universal rule that you should never write in any library book. However, you can nevertheless find notes in many of our books, remnants of their pasts before being acquired by Burns Library. These marks provide hints about … Continue reading