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Browse our Instagram!#Commencement2022Boston College Commencement, 1965, Alumni Stadium. The event hasn't changed too much.Thomas Craven, class of 1917, kept a diary during his senior year, noted that June 4 was the “Harbor Trip” and a “Beautiful Day,” and included a brief account: "With 68 aboard we sailed down to Peddock’s Island where two ball games were held. After much delay we, hungry as bears, landed at Bass Point and had dinner at the Relay House. Some of the fellows had a “glorious” time with the kegs which were on board. After dinner we adjourned to the roller skating pavilion where a very rough party ensued. Our white overhalls were very needful here. We landed at City Point about 8 o’clock." This is a photo of Craven and friends on their class outing - wearing their “overhalls” and an interesting assortment of hats.Celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating nursing students of 1965, Dean Rita P. Kelleher (1908-2009) with students at the pinning ceremony at St. Ignatius.
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Collections tell stories about their former owners. (John) Douglas Woodruff’s personal collection, acquired from his estate many years ago, uncovers his interest in communist and fascist era propaganda. Born in 1897, Woodruff was known for his erudition and wit. After … Continue reading
The Burns Library has a significant collection of the papers of Elizabeth Jennings, the British poet who lived from 1926 to 2001. Jennings, who published almost thirty books of poetry, several anthologies and critical works, was, and still is, a … Continue reading
When I started my thesis, I was warned that I would face the elevator test. It goes like this: Pretend you are in an elevator and a faculty member you know enters. Assuming you don’t have music blasting from your … Continue reading
The Information Wanted Database contains information taken from missing persons advertisements posted between 1831 and 1921 in the Boston Pilot, a newspaper for many years geared toward Irish and Irish-American readers. The searchable online database contains detailed information taken from … Continue reading
Dear Burns Library Blog Readers, It’s the end of another great semester here at Boston College and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading the John J. Burns Library’s blog this semester and to review the … Continue reading
The Easter Rising, the armed rebellion pitting the nationalist Irish Volunteers against the British military in the city streets of Dublin from 24 April – 30 April 1916, can rarely be discussed in public discourse without reference to W.B. Yeats’s … Continue reading