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From Chasubles to Spider Puppets: The Lessons, Joys, and Challenges of Curating at Burns Library

A new Burns Library exhibit, The Object in the Archives: Networks & Materiality at John J. Burns Library is on display through June, 2018. Comprised of objects from 30 different collections at Burns Library, this exhibit examines how an object … Continue reading

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From the Heart of National Politics to the Core of Culture: The Louvre

For more than eight centuries, the “Palais du Louvre” has overlooked the Right Bank of the River Seine, silently narrating France’s political and cultural development. The building epitomizes the adaptation of monumental structures necessary for their material permanence. Recognizing the … Continue reading

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Big Ben’s Ancestors: John Britton and Gothic Revival Architecture

  Big Ben dominates London’s skyline as part of the most monumental and recognizable building in Britain. Surrounding the famous clock tower, Westminster Palace immediately evokes Britain’s ancient majesty. However, the structure is just over 150 years old. Erected in … Continue reading

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The Americano Grand Tour: A Young American’s Journey Across Europe

Frederick Wilton Russell was an atypical albeit lucky American teenager. In the late 19th century, he embarked on a European expedition with his family, which could be considered an American form of the “Grand Tour.” As was customary at the … Continue reading

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Why Boston College Got Ugly: Explaining postwar construction

For more than four decades, the Chestnut Hill grounds of Boston College remained an astoundingly beautiful, Gothic-inspired campus. Critics noted Gasson Hall’s national influence among Gothic revivalism at universities, and, in 1926, Devlin Hall was recognized as “the most beautiful … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Site on Commonwealth Avenue: Father Gasson’s Bell Tower Brings Boston College to New Heights

When Thomas Gasson, S.J., assumed the role of president at Boston College in January 1907, the community soon became aware of his desire to transform the small school into a university. That June, Gasson began petitioning his Jesuit superiors in … Continue reading

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An Era of Oration: The Early History of Fulton Debating Society

From the inception of Boston College, elocution and oratory skill were among the most important assets that the school actively cultivated in its students. The Prefect of Studies–or Dean–Robert Fulton, S.J., profoundly fostered the student interest in oratorical aptitude. Under … 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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Bloomsday at the Burns Library

“In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven!” Finnegans Wake, I.5.104 In celebration of Bloomsday, the Burns Library is … Continue reading

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