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Browse our Instagram!Letterhead from the correspondence in the William J. Leonard SJ papers. Leonard (1908-2000) graduated from BC in 1931 and was a faculty member from 1939-1973. He served as a chaplain during WWII and corresponded with many service members.A pictorial work about St. Francis Xavier was published in 1600. It illustrates the story of a crab, St. Francis, and a crucifix. (This one looks more like a lobster to us, but why quibble?)Detail of the illustration facing section three, The Euthanasia of Autumn, from Edward Hitchcock's Religious Lectures on Peculiar Phenomena in the Four Seasons ... Delivered to the Students in Amherst College, in 1845, 1847, 1848 and 1849. Amherst: J.S. & C. Adams, 1850.We've added our Eleanor Early exhibit - originally displayed in the library in 2009 - to Burns Online Exhibits. Burns' holdings include her papers and copies of her published works. https://library.bc.edu/burns-exhibits/eleanor-early/
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While Burns Library usually acquires its rare books and special collections by purchase or donation, the rare and unusual will sometimes turn up at another library within Boston College. This 1805 edition of Masses, vespers, litanies, hymns, psalms, anthems & … Continue reading
As we begin this new academic year, we are saddened by the recent loss of our primary benefactor, Brian P. Burns, and fondly recall his warm friendship and the vital roles he played in establishing Burns Library and providing ongoing … Continue reading
The John J. Burns Library’s Boston collection houses approximately 4,500 works about the city and its neighboring municipalities. While the majority of this collection encompasses material from the 19th and 20th centuries, as a result of the remarkable growth in … Continue reading
Long may Matrix continue to excite mind, fingertips, and eye, for it is the unique ability of printing to be able to appeal to and satisfy these three senses … Continue reading
Irish traditional music followers worldwide can now access hundreds of music tracks in The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, a digital collection produced and published by the Boston College Libraries. This collection of tunes and songs was compiled over fifteen … Continue reading
In a letter to her suitor, William Butler Yeats, who complained that he was unhappy without her, Maud Gonne wrote “Oh yes, you are, because you make beautiful poetry out of what you call your unhappiness and you are happy … Continue reading
Mary Boyle O’Reilly was born on May 18, 1873 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Her father, John Boyle O’Reilly, was a noted poet and Irish nationalist, and her mother, Mary Smiley (Murphy) O’Reilly, was a journalist. In 1913, O’Reilly accepted a position … Continue reading