Category Archives: Recent Acquisitions

From the Bronx to Belfast: Michael Schwartz, Photojournalist with a Compassion for Children

Born in the rough-and-tumble Bronx in 1944, photojournalist Michael Schwartz became attracted to the still tougher neighborhoods of West Belfast during the late stages of the political conflict known as “The Troubles.” During the decade leading up to the 1998 … Continue reading

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A Rare Vellum Printing

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

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Dreams of Art & Glory: Book Craft by the Roycrofters

One of the many advantages of working in a special collections library is the opportunity to browse in the stacks. I regularly browse while checking the climate control monitors throughout the building. During one such walk-through, a suede binding resembling … Continue reading

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Joe Derrane and his Gaillard Accordion

The Irish Music Archives at John J. Burns Library is delighted to announce the acquisition and display of Joe Derrane’s D/C# Gaillard accordion, a gift to the Library from his children, Joseph P. Derrane, Jr. and Sheila A. Harvey. The … Continue reading

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New Acquisition: “Easter Week 1916” manuscript account by Margaret Skinnider

“I arrived in Dublin on Holy Thursday…” Although we are often excited about material the Burns Library acquires, we usually wait to tell potential researchers about our new collections until we’ve done our work: stabilizing and preserving through conservation and … Continue reading

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Acquisitions Blotter: News from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

This past Spring, I  had the opportunity to attend the New York Antiquarian Book Fair on behalf of the Burns Library.  I purchased several wonderful books, with topics from anatomy to history, astronomy to social commentary.  These volumes are part … Continue reading

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A Walk Through the Burns Stacks: Troubles Thrillers

The images in this Flickr set are covers of books commonly known as Troubles thrillers – books that reflect aspects of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland in that big, bright fiction genre, the “action thriller”.   The Burns Library acquired Bill … Continue reading

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