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In the constitution of this small, banana republic was a forgotten section that provided for the maintenance of a navy. –O. Henry, “The Admiral” (147) The unremarkable sentence above, which appeared in O. Henry’s 1904 collection Cabbages and Kings, constitutes … Continue reading
Leonardo Da Vinci’s fame and influence is indisputably unparalleled. His works are renowned throughout the world, especially his best known piece, the Mona Lisa. What I respect most about Leonardo Da Vinci is that he is not only a great … Continue reading
Collections tell stories about their former owners. (John) Douglas Woodruff’s personal collection, acquired from his estate many years ago, uncovers his interest in communist and fascist era propaganda. Born in 1897, Woodruff was known for his erudition and wit. After … Continue reading
In the New Year of 1846, the children of Boston were given a New Year’s present: “Pictures from Memory’s Gallery”. An anonymous, eloquent author, in a pamphlet entitled Pictures from Memory: A New Year’s Gift from the Warren Street Chapel, … Continue reading
As the season changes from Thanksgiving to preparations for holiday festivities, cooking, cleaning and all things of the home are brought to mind. Four 19th century books in the Burns Library’s General Collection offer fascinating glimpses of middle and upper-class American … Continue reading
To celebrate the first day of the fall semester and my first day as Burns Librarian, Burns Library staff members gathered last Tuesday for a group photo on the steps of the Ford Tower. It took us a moment to set … Continue reading
The Burns Library owns a handful of books published by Charles Knight (1791-1873), a 19th century publisher, author, and educator whose crusade to bring cheap educational literature to the working class played an influential role in changing the face of … Continue reading
The Fall 2012 semester at the Burns Library has been a busy time of research and study for many scholars, students and professors. The most popular collections in the Reading Room this semester have included the Jane Jacobs Papers, the … Continue reading
Kay Nielsen (pronounced Kye), was a Danish illustrator and artist, who was born in Copenhagen on March 12, 1886. The images in this post are taken from the book East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales From … Continue reading
Recently Adeane Bregman offered the Burns Library a number of 19th century titles that the Bapst Library was de-accessioning; I accepted a handful of them. Cataloging these today, I ran into a very interesting autograph that beautifully explicates how old … Continue reading