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History in the Making

During the Fall 2014 semester, Professor Virginia Reinburg’s history class “Early Printed Books:  History and Craft” was enhanced by integrating books from the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections into the curriculum, and by incorporating hands-on … Continue reading

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Conservator’s Log: New Faces in the Lab

Josh with leather book

Josh with leather book

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Conservator’s Notebook: One Doubtful Guest and Many Welcome Guests

On a rainy April day last spring, a large wild turkey was observed strutting around the labyrinth on the lawn of the John J. Burns Library. When attracted by the light, he came and boldly peered in through the window … Continue reading

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Conservator’s Notebook: From the Depths to the Heights

This summer the conservation lab, despite its location in the basement of the John J. Burns Library, rose to the heights. You may recall from the Conservator’s Notebook entry posted on July 5th that my assistant, Robert Williams, and I were about … Continue reading

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Conservator’s Notebook: The Three Graces in the Conservation Lab

During this academic year I have had three excellent interns assisting in the conservation lab here in the John J. Burns Library.  They are: Erin Garrity, Bookbuilders of Boston intern; Lauren Zajac, Boston College honors student; and Fionnuala Gerrity, North … Continue reading

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Conservator’s Notebook: Mabel Florence Young, Painter of Irish Landscapes

The conservation lab at the Burns Library is a pleasant workspace with a nice blend of modern equipment, like my arts and crafts style oak work bench which was hand built in 1999 by Paul O’Connell, a graduate of the … Continue reading

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Conservator’s Notebook: Venus Departed, Now Hail Caesar

On June 3, 2010, the tapestry entitled Merito Vapulat Aper which had been hanging in the Ford Tower of the John J. Burns Library was carefully taken down. The 17th century Flemish silk and wool textile was removed for two … Continue reading

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