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Astrology in the Early Modern Era

A 1647 edition of William Lilly’s Christian Astrology, located in the Burns library stacks, bears an ominous warning to those who would delve into the practice of reading the stars. The book’s owner cautions that “all those that peruse this … Continue reading

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Can you spot the difference? Facsimiles in the Burns Library

The Book of Kells is one of the best known medieval manuscripts in the world, due in part to its distinctive insular style and its status as an emblem of Irish national history and identity. Created around 800 AD, the … Continue reading

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Ephemerality and digital dark ages; or, a day in the life of a mayfly

Over the last two years, the Burns Library Archives and Manuscripts team have made clear strides in how our donors and our subject area curators identify, evaluate, and select born digital material for inclusion in the archives. We’ve reimagined our … Continue reading

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A Visit to Georgetown, May 1840, from the MacNeven Family Collection

Kindly write to me, my dear Jane, describe for me the scenery and the people. Let it be a poem and a picture. Jane MacNeven (New York City) to her daughter, Jane Mary MacNeven (Georgetown), 10 May 1840 Within Burns … Continue reading

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Bean na hÉireann (The Woman of Ireland)

We’re a bit late to it, but March was Women’s History Month and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. As a graduating senior in the history and women’s studies department, this March felt like my month. With the help of a … Continue reading

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The Many Editions of Gulliver’s Travels

One of the things that the Burns Library is known for is our extensive Irish collection and Anglo-Irish author, Jonathan Swift is no exception. Though known widely for his satirical essay, “A Modest Proposal,” undoubtedly his most famous work is … Continue reading

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Reshelving the Burns Stacks

You’ve probably been told that the Burns Library is “closed stacks,” meaning that librarians pull all of the materials that a user might want, and provide access to them in our reading room. But you may be surprised to learn … Continue reading

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Comic Book Collection Enters Alternate Universe

This past year, staff at Burns Library took the opportunity to recatalog and rehouse one of our most popular collections – The Edward J. Kane Collection of Comics. First received in 2008 from retired Boston College professor Edward J. Kane, … Continue reading

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Hey, why can’t I use that?

Hello, from back-of-house here at Burns Library. We (the archives team) are regularly asked why some of our archival collections–or portions of them–are unavailable to researchers. There are lots of reasons, but the big ones are:  Donor-imposed restrictions Unprepared for … Continue reading

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What’s in An Ad?: Examining Advertisements in Theater Programs

Some of the more popular collections we bring out for class use– comics and Boston College athletic programs— engage students’ curiosity not just because of their content but also due to the presence of advertisements. While in our present day, … Continue reading

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