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BC Students' Hand-Crafted Books Exhibited

Juliette San Fillipo, Anna Whitham, Jen O'Brien
L-R: Students Juliette San Fillipo, Anna Whitham and Jen O'Brien with their hand-crafted books, the first BC student work of this kind to be included in an exhibit at the New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. (Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (May 2013)During a spring semester internship at the University's Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections, BC seniors and Bookbuilders of Boston scholarship recipients Juliette San Fillipo and Jennifer O'Brien, had the opportunity to attend several workshops in the library's conservation lab, joined by lab assistants Anna Whitham ’15 and Josh Rosenfeld ’13.

Under the direction of Burns Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard, the student team hand decorated paper for book covers and then hand sewed the books. Their finished work is included in an on-line exhibit sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, a first for BC students. View the exhibit here.

Bookbuilders of Boston is a non-profit organization founded in 1937, with a membership representing all areas of the book industry, and a scholarship fund to support, encourage, and promote publishing-related education. Participating educational institutions such as Boston College award the scholarships to students who plan to pursue careers in publishing anticipating that, upon graduation, they will contribute their knowledge and unique talent to the field. Read a blog post by BC's Jennifer O'Brien '13 about her internship experience.

The John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections is named in memory of the Honorable John J. Burns, a 1921 BC alumnus who was one of its principal benefactors. It houses more than 250,000 volumes, 16 million manuscripts and impressive holdings of artifacts, maps, paintings, photographs, ephemera and architectural records, including the internationally-noted Boston College Irish Collection, the largest repository of Irish research materials outside of Ireland.

Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert