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A Year in Review: 2015-2016

Hello, readers! Thank you for another academic year of following the John J. Burns Library blog. Over the summer we like to take a look back at what has been posted throughout the year both to thank our authors and … Continue reading

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Fulton’s Various Rules: Making Boston College a Jesuit Institution

In 1599, the Society of Jesus published the Ratio Studiorum and sent copies to their eight schools throughout Europe. The Ratio was essentially a rulebook for all the colleges operated by the Jesuits. The daily course schedule was outlined. Each … Continue reading

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#WeWereBC

At 4:30 p.m. on September 17, an exhibit curated by the students of “Making History Public: Boston College” opens in the History department on the 3rd floor of Stokes South. The exhibit—#WeWereBC—uses archival material from Burns Library to chronicle the … Continue reading

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Evolution of an English Course: The Syllabus

The Studies in Poetry class at Boston College has been in existence for at least four decades, but a similar course was also once offered at Boston College within the English department. The class was called Craft of Poetry when it was taught … Continue reading

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Processing BC Presidents’ Records

Just over a year ago, in July 2012, the archivists at the Burns Library started an ambitious backlog processing project. Since then, we’ve worked on a variety of archival collections, most recently the institutional records of the Boston College President’s Office. … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Separation: Interconnected Archival Collections at the Burns Library

Have you ever played “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” If you’ve never heard of this game, the rules are pretty basic: you take any actor and try to connect her or him in some way to Footloose star Kevin Bacon … Continue reading

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Archives Diary: Prison, the Musical, Howard Gill’s “The Perfect 36”

What would you do if you felt you were unjustly accused of approximately thirty-six offenses? We recently discovered that Howard Belding Gill, a noted prison reformer and former Boston College adjunct faculty member who gave his papers to the Burns … Continue reading

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Archives Diary: Introducing Howard Belding Gill

In October 1973, librarian Catherine Seelye was editing the papers of the poet Charles Olson when she came across a curious reference to criminologist Howard Belding Gill and poet Ezra Pound. She wrote Gill to ask for more information: “In … Continue reading

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