Category Archives: Staff Posts

John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement

The British Catholic Authors collection of the John J. Burns Library spans a period of almost 200 years, stretching from the early years of British Catholic revival under figures such as Cardinal John Henry Newman, C.O. (1801-1890) to contemporary figures … 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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A Boston College Pioneer: Reminiscences of Dr. Henry C. Towle, class of 1877 & ‘79

My first visit to Boston College was made when a mere child. I wandered into the ground bordering on James Street and found someone exhuming dead bodies before the building of the Church of the Immaculate Conception…. It was not … Continue reading

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Family Life, Friends, and Espionage: The Graham Greene Papers Re-Opened

The papers of British author Graham Greene are now open to the public after careful reprocessing. Researchers will find the collection streamlined, with a more in-depth and detailed finding aid available online. Prior to this work, the collection was described in segments with finding … Continue reading

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The Astronomer and the Space Probe

There is a connection between a rare pamphlet in the Burns Library and a current NASA space probe. The John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections, at Boston College, is known for the strengths of its collections … Continue reading

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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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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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