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Burns Library Exhibit Highlights

Please see our Burns Library Current Exhibits page for a listing of what’s currently on display as well as our exhibits archive since 2012. For earlier exhibits, please refer to the listing below.


Binding Friendship: Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings


Notes on Nursing: Past, Present and Future

Scientific Revolutions: An Exhibition of Early Scientific Works from the John. J Burns Library, Fall 2010

Chile: 1810-2010, Fall 2010

Writing from the Irish Language Tradition: Ancient Inspires New, Fall 2010

Dear Harp of My Country: The Harp Traditions of Ireland and Scotland, Summer 2010

Sculpture Lives: Helen Hooker, artist (1905–1993), Ernie O’Malley, soldier/writer (1897–1957), Spring 2010

Caribbean Art: Haitian Paintings & Jamaican Anansi Stories, Spring 2010

A Poet at Work: Brendan Galvin's Papers, Spring 2010

Conservation History: Irish Roots and Boston Craftsmanship, Spring 2010

Mary O'Hara, Singer and Harpist: A Retrospective, Spring 2010


The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador - 20th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition, Fall 2009

"Come, follow Me" - Boston College's Military Chaplains, Fall 2009

John McCormack, Tenor: Celebrating 125 Years, Fall 2009

Jesuit Missionaries in the Colonial Americas - An Exhibit in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Fall 2009


America in Ireland - Photographs by Maeve Hickey, Winter 2008 

Sixty Years of the Cuala Press:  A Collaboration of the Yeats Family and Mollie Gill, Fall 2008

Pirate Treasure - historical and fictional works  from the Nicholas M. Williams Ethnological Collection, Fall 2008

Fighting Irishmen - Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820 to Present: An eclectic collection of boxing artifacts, Spring-Summer 2008

Reflections of Ireland - Music and Landscapes by Richard Toomey: Paintings and drawings of Boston-based Irish musicians, and Irish landscape paintings, Spring 2008


Boston Through the Eyes of Brehaut: The Ellerton J. Brehaut Bostonia Collection, Winter 2007-2008

“…something to measure from”: British Catholic Authors at the John J. Burns Library, Spring 2007


"my monster is in safe keeping:" The Samuel Beckett Collection at Boston College, Winter 2006-2007
Francis Xavier & the Jesuit Missions in the Far East: An Anniversary Exhibition of Early Printed Works, from the Jesuitana Collection, Fall 2006

Irish Faces - The Heart and Soul of Boston: An Exhibit of Bachrach at Boston College, Spring 2006


Alert to the Sacredness of Life: A Celebration of Paul Mariani's Works, Fall 2005

Seeing Voices: A Brief History of Type, Fall 2005

The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: Rare Books on Music & Instruments from the Collection of Frederick R. Selch, Spring 2005


"Mr. Shaw's Time is Filled Up for Months to Come," Fall 2004

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, 1829-1892: Father of the American Concert Band, Fall 2004

All Available Boats: Harbor Voices and Images, 9.11.01, Summer 2004


Astronomy, Geology, Physics and Mathematics: Some Special Collections Holdings in the Sciences, Winter 2003

Boston College and World War Two, Summer 2003

Troubled Images: Posters and Images of the Northern Ireland Conflict, Spring 2003


"A Definite Claim to Beauty": Selections from the Fine Print Press Collection, Fall 2002

Commander John J. Shea's "Letter to Jackie," Spring 2002

Religious Works of Alexis Arapoff, Winter 2002 (Through March 27, 2002)


From the Easter Rising to the Rise of the Irish Republic: Thomas & Kathleen Clarke and their Era, Fall 2001

Francis Thompson at Boston College, Summer 2001

The African-Caribbean Connection, Winter 2001

Haitian Paintings, Winter 2001


The Art of the Book from the Early Middle Ages to the Renaissance: A Journey Through a Thousand Years, Fall 2000

The Fullness of Time: The Catholic Tradition of Social Justice, Summer 2000

Irish Literary Collections, Summer 2000


Ratio Studiorum: Jesuit Education, 1540-1773, Fall 1999

Francis Sweeney, SJ: Teacher and Mentor, Journalist, Humanist, Poet, Priest, Spring 1999


A Poet's Notebooks from the Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill Collection, Fall 1998

Artwork, Books and Manuscripts from the Flann O'Brien Collection, Fall 1998

Boston College: The First Century, 1863-1963, Fall 1998

Rev. Charles F. Donovan, SJ, Summer 1998

Irish Famine Art, Summer 1998

Michael de Lisio: Artists & Writers, Summer 1998

The Women's Studies Collection of Janet Wilson James, Spring 1998


The Birth of the Romanian State, Fall 1997

Thomas Mann Revisited, Fall 1997

The Life and Career of Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Fall 1997

Boston College Campuses: Some Scenes from the Past, Summer 1997

The Jesuits: Culture, Learning and the Arts. 1540-1773, Spring 1997

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