Tag Archives: Boston

Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 112

Audio in reel 112 includes Owen Frain on flute; Jimmy Kelly on piano; and Paddy Cronin on fiddle/flute. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 4

Streaming audio: reel 4 from the James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings includes Paddy Cronin, Frank Neylon, Gene Preston, and probably Mike McDonough. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 47

Audio in reel 47 of the Smith collection features the New State Ceili Band of Boston. Continue reading

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Community Connections: Young Men’s Catholic Association of Boston College records, 1875-1941

The YMCA of Boston College was not “the” YMCA, nor was it an official part of Boston College. It organized in 1875 when Boston’s Catholic newspaper, the Pilot, published a letter from Boston College President, Robert Fulton, SJ, proposing the … Continue reading

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Digging into Funeral Home Records: The Ledgers of J.D. Fallon & Son, Jamaica Plain

Funeral practices in the United States moved from personal residences to funeral homes in the late 19th century. Until that period, families laid out their own dead, wakes were held in houses, and burials — by necessity — swiftly followed … Continue reading

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Sounds of Mid-20th Century Irish America: Irish Traditional Music in Boston and New York

Two collections of open-reel tapes of Irish traditional music in Boston and New York (1950s-1960s) have been digitized by Boston College Libraries. Continue reading

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Joe Derrane and his Gaillard Accordion

The Irish Music Archives at John J. Burns Library is delighted to announce the acquisition and display of Joe Derrane’s D/C# Gaillard accordion, a gift to the Library from his children, Joseph P. Derrane, Jr. and Sheila A. Harvey. The … Continue reading

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Boston in the Early Republic

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

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Charitable Irish Society St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, March 17, 1953

A January 27, 1953 Western Union Telegram invited the newly elected, Senator John F. Kennedy (D. Massachusetts), to respond to the traditional toast to the United States at the 216th anniversary dinner for the Charitable Irish Society of America. Senator … Continue reading

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Jane Jacobs Exhibition Explores BC’s Connections to Famed Urban Theorist and Activist

Jane Jacobs would have turned 101 today. She died just short of her 90th birthday following tours for her last book, Dark Age Ahead. Yet, as a letter on exhibit from her archives at Burns Library indicates, she had plans … Continue reading

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