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20th Century Propaganda from the Woodruff Collection

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

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Elizabeth Jennings, Best-Selling Poet

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

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Reading Room Log: American Responses to Pre-Famine Irish Immigrants

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

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Spotlight on Irish Studies: Stories of the Missing

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

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Semester in Review: Burns Blog Fall 2011

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

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“A Terrible Beauty is Born”: The Easter Rising

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

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