Category Archives: Staff Posts

Digitized Irish Music Now Includes Unpublished Fiddle Playing by Michael Coleman

During a review of recently-digitized audio in John J. Burns Library’s Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, we asked our friend and former BC colleague Séamus Connolly to listen to a fiddle segment on tape reel #6 that Joe Lamont’s tracklist … Continue reading

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Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit

For many of us, the political protest, music, and fashion of the 1960s and 1970s are the most recognizable aspects of the countercultural revolution. But the literature of that era can provide a window into that movement’s values, its struggles, … Continue reading

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The Young Ladies Instructor

What does it mean to be educated? How much knowledge, in what areas, are you required to have? The question changes drastically depending on time period, geographic location, gender and class. With such variable answers, books that are meant to … Continue reading

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To Answer for What They Stand Charged With: An Accusation of Fornication Against Elizabeth and Nathaniel Ramsdell, 1699.

Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin, You’ll never come out the way you went in, What looks like gold is really tin, Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin –A popular, 20th-century rhyme about the city   Archival records provide evidence … Continue reading

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A Room of His Own: Flann O’Brien at Work

It’s common for archival collections to contain the manuscripts and typescripts of writers’ works, as well as notes, galley proofs, and correspondence. These materials can give insight into a writer’s process, the evolution of a written work, and the life … Continue reading

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The Lasting Legacy of Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures

Maria Monk, one of the most infamous names in American anti-Catholicism, was the author of Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk (1836), “probably the most widely read contemporary book in the United States before Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” (Hofstadter, 77) Burns Library … Continue reading

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The Sober Giggler

One of the joys of archival research is finding surprising creativity you don’t expect.  A prime example is the Austin W. White papers.  As detailed in the collection finding aid, or inventory, Austin Welcome White was born on January 26, … Continue reading

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