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From Jesuitica to Graham Greene: A Student Intern’s Experiences with Conservation

As a Boston College student who had participated in the creation of an exhibit in the John J. Burns Library and enjoyed a great many more, I was always baffled when fellow undergraduates were unaware of its presence on campus. … Continue reading

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Lexica Jesuitica: Catechisms and Prayer in a New World

The Jesuits call themselves men on the move, a religious society committed to reaching far places and pushing the frontiers of knowledge. Over the centuries, the society has embraced many collectors of words, missionaries and scholars dedicated to putting previously … Continue reading

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Cherish the Memory: Conservation at the Burns Library

In the final semester of my Boston College career, I have had the good fortune of serving as a Conservation Assistant under Barbara Adams Hebard in the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections conservation lab. As … Continue reading

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Lexica Jesuitica: Missioner Dictionaries of Latin America

The Jesuitica Collection in the Burns Library conserves some of the earliest written records of Amerindian spoken languages. As Jesuits pursued their missionary commitments among the peoples they met, they compiled dictionaries and grammars to help them in their efforts. These … Continue reading

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The Jesuit Ordeal IV: Lorenzo Ricci, the Last General

When Lorenzo Ricci was elected the 19th Superior General of the Society of Jesus on May 21, 1758, he may well have approached the post with some hesitation. A biographer later recorded: “Surprised to find himself entrusted with so onerous … Continue reading

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The Jesuit Ordeal III: Memories of Malagrida

On September 21, 1761, the Italian Jesuit Gabriel Malagrida was led into the Rossio Square in downtown Lisbon, but Malagrida took little notice of the elegant plaza. The seventy-three year-old stepped out into the Rossio wearing the sanbenito, the smock … Continue reading

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The Jesuit Ordeal II: Satire and Suppression

In 1759, the Prime Minister of Portugal, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo (later the Marquis of Pombal), convinced his king to expel the Jesuits. Carvalho justified his actions through continued attacks on the Jesuits in a string of French publications, printed in Paris. … Continue reading

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