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Browse our Instagram!Letterhead from the correspondence in the William J. Leonard SJ papers. Leonard (1908-2000) graduated from BC in 1931 and was a faculty member from 1939-1973. He served as a chaplain during WWII and corresponded with many service members.A pictorial work about St. Francis Xavier was published in 1600. It illustrates the story of a crab, St. Francis, and a crucifix. (This one looks more like a lobster to us, but why quibble?)Detail of the illustration facing section three, The Euthanasia of Autumn, from Edward Hitchcock's Religious Lectures on Peculiar Phenomena in the Four Seasons ... Delivered to the Students in Amherst College, in 1845, 1847, 1848 and 1849. Amherst: J.S. & C. Adams, 1850.We've added our Eleanor Early exhibit - originally displayed in the library in 2009 - to Burns Online Exhibits. Burns' holdings include her papers and copies of her published works. https://library.bc.edu/burns-exhibits/eleanor-early/
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The turn of the 20th century brought with it the invention of the first “modern” typewriter, produced by the Underwood Typewriter Company in 1900. Prior to the release of the Underwood, typewriters were not as widely used nor easily accessible … Continue reading
Walking through the stacks that contain the Williams Ethnological Collection, it is quite easy for one to be distracted by the sheer amount of titles that deal with folklore of different nations and peoples. Yet knowing that often the material … 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
The Chestnut Hill campus of Boston College (BC) has beautiful architecture, views, greenspaces, and recreation areas. Construction projects occasionally add less peaceful notes to the scene, but the resulting disruption is a sign of growth. As the university develops, new … Continue reading
As we begin this new academic year, we are saddened by the recent loss of our primary benefactor, Brian P. Burns, and fondly recall his warm friendship and the vital roles he played in establishing Burns Library and providing ongoing … Continue reading
John Louis Bonn, SJ, who taught theater at Boston College between 1930-1949 and directed the School of Dramatic Arts from 1937-1943, made a lasting impression on Boston College’s theater culture. Bonn directed many student plays and documented … Continue reading
The John J. Burns Library’s Boston collection houses approximately 4,500 works about the city and its neighboring municipalities. While the majority of this collection encompasses material from the 19th and 20th centuries, as a result of the remarkable growth in … Continue reading
In Part One I looked at the change of heart Congressman Tip O’Neill experienced in 1967 regarding the Vietnam War. Formerly a supporter of the Executive branch’s military policy, O’Neill, encouraged by a stream of constituents’ anti-war letters, shifted to … Continue reading