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Edward Hartwell Savage’s Police Department Questionnaire of 1877

Question: Number of miles of streets in your jurisdiction? – Edward Harwell Savage, Chief of Police, Boston, Massachusetts Answer: A Philadelphia Lawyer could hardly answer this interrogatory. –  A. Erickson, City Marshal, Houston, Texas Edward Hartwell Savage (1812-1893) joined the … Continue reading

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The Golden Cockerel Press

Abebooks, an online rare book dealer, identifies fine and private presses in the following manner: “A fine press is a type of publisher that produces books of a high intrinsic and artistic quality…[A] private press…is a type of small press … Continue reading

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Traditional Cape Breton and Irish Music in Boston: the Muise Family Collection

Followers of traditional fiddle music will be pleased to learn that the Muise Family Collection of Cape Breton and Irish Music has recently been processed as part of the Burns Library’s Irish Music Archives.

The Muise Family collection includes recordings of impromptu house sessions of Cape Breton and Irish music, performed by a variety of musicians in the Boston area. Included are informal music gatherings and social events that took place in the Muise home in Dorchester (1951-1965) and Roslindale (1965 and later), as recorded on home recording equipment by Johnny and Mary Muise. The collection also includes some concerts and other gatherings. Continue reading

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James Brendan Connolly: Olympian, Author, Bostonian

Did you know that the first American Olympic medalist was a Bostonian and also a writer of sea stories?  James Brendan Connolly is perhaps no longer a familiar name, but he was once considered the “foremost among sea-writers”(Dwyer,1).  Fabien P. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Gift

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

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A Common Cause: David Goldstein and Martha Moore Avery

Over the summer, the archivists at the John J. Burns Library have been processing the papers of David Goldstein and Martha Moore Avery. Goldstein and Avery spent their lives as campaigners, even if what they campaigned for changed dramatically over … Continue reading

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Archives Diary: Citywide Coordinating Council

Today’s political scene is a contentious one. The phrase “fiscal cliff” has become ubiquitous in casual conversation as America watches political blustering and face-offs. As tense as this can be, Washington, D.C. can feel far removed from Boston and its … Continue reading

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