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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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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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Mapping and Legitimizing New Spain

The Mapping of New Spain When Alexander von Humboldt, a Prussian naturalist widely considered one of the brightest scientific minds of his era, set off on a voyage to South America, the Spanish colony of New Spain (modern-day Mexico) was … Continue reading

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History Students Create Maps Exhibit with Burns Library Books

Maps are all around us. A map of campus orients the visitor to Boston College; an old map of Boston hangs in a gilt frame; and, increasingly, a map on a handheld device points to a coffee spot, a concert … Continue reading

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Redeeming the Black Lord Herbert

Edward Herbert of Cherbury wrote The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth between 1630 and 1645. Edward, a unique character in his own right, is the often forgotten older brother of the Welsh poet George Herbert. Edward Herbert’s … Continue reading

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More than a Kitchen-Aid: Elizabeth Capell’s Recipe Book

Cookbooks have been aids in the kitchen for generations. The Elizabeth Capell manuscript cookbook, owned by the John J. Burns Library, is of unknown authorship, and ongoing research has not yet determined its origins. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating window … Continue reading

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