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Boston College. Dramatics Society



Rhetoric and drama has had a traditionally firm place in Jesuit education as a tool for teaching confidence, comportment, and elocution. As such, the first Boston College examination and exhibition in 1865 featured a production of the play “Joseph and His Brethren.” Dramatic productions were a staple of commencement ceremonies until 1897, and theater has been performed by Boston College students almost every year since (with a short hiatus during World War II). In 1890, students founded the first formal drama organization, the Boston College Athenaeum, whose aim was to "promote the study of Dramatic Art and conduct the college plays." The Athenaeum became the Dramatic Association in 1921, and the Dramatics Society in 1941.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Boston College student theater collection


Materials, predominantly programs and photographs, pertaining to dramatics at Boston College, including productions organized by the Dramatics Society, English Department, Rhetorics Department, Theater Department, and other campus organizations.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. One audiocassette has been digitally copied; digital use copies, identified by digital content number, can be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room. One film reel is not available for playback due to format impermanence and cannot be reformatted by Burns Library at this time. Please let Burns Library Public Services know of your specific interest; when it becomes possible we will schedule reformatting.

Dates: 1865-1996