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What’s in a Game? Some Examples of Board Games at Burns Library

As we enter the season when cozy indoor activities beckon, the appeal of board games endures despite, or perhaps because of, digital distractions. Burns Library collections include several games, intended to teach, make social commentary, or pass companionable time. Abbasso … Continue reading

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History of the Azores, or Western Islands

You don’t see many books on the Azores in Burns Library, so having traveled to the volcanic islands myself, once in 1995 and once in 2010, this particular book immediately caught my eye. I found it was a fascinating look … Continue reading

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1916 Easter Rising

This is the last in a series of seven blog posts highlighting and summarizing important events in Irish history, and Burns Library resources which aid in further study of the topic.  Burns Library holds many Irish history resources and is … Continue reading

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To Answer for What They Stand Charged With: An Accusation of Fornication Against Elizabeth and Nathaniel Ramsdell, 1699.

Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin, You’ll never come out the way you went in, What looks like gold is really tin, Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin –A popular, 20th-century rhyme about the city   Archival records provide evidence … Continue reading

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The Act of Union, 1800

This is the fourth in a series of seven blog posts highlighting and summarizing important events in Irish history and Burns Library resources which aid in further study of the topic.   Burns Library holds many Irish history resources and is … Continue reading

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The Lasting Legacy of Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures

Maria Monk, one of the most infamous names in American anti-Catholicism, was the author of Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk (1836), “probably the most widely read contemporary book in the United States before Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” (Hofstadter, 77) Burns Library … Continue reading

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Boston in the Early Republic

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

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