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Dolan, James H.



  • Existence: 1885 - 1977

Biographical Note

James H. Dolan, Jesuit, professor, and Boston College president. Dolan graduated from Boston College High School and attended Boston College before entering the Society of Jesus in 1905. He studied at Woodstock College, taught at Georgetown University, returned to Woodstock to study Theology (1917), and lectured at Holy Cross College (1922-1925). From 1925 to 1932, Dolan served as Boston College president. Dolan's tenure included significant physical and academic development for Boston College: construction of the Bapst Library and an addition to St. Mary's Hall; the Boston College "Graduate School" was officially open to both male and female students for afternoon and evening classes; the Law School was inagurated; and an Extension School of the Law School was established. After serving as president of Boston College, Dolan earned his doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and was appointed the Socius to the Provincial of the New England Province (1932-1937) and the Province Prefect of Studies (1932-1935). He became New England Province Provincial (1937) and, later, Fairfield University president (1944-1951). Dolan returned to Boston College as a professor of Philosophy. Dolan died in 1977.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

James H. Dolan, SJ, President's Office records

Abstract The James H. Dolan, SJ, President's Office Records contain materials regarding the construction and maintenance of Boston College's buildings and grounds as well as correspondence, general administrative files, and various ephemera and artifacts that document the life and work of James H. Dolan, the sixteenth president of Boston College. Included are documents about the construction of Bapst Library, the addition to St. Mary's Hall, the establishment of St. Ignatius Church, and the financial...
Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research; portions available digitally.

Dates: 1909 - 1958; Majority of material found within 1925 - 1932

James H. Dolan, SJ papers


The papers contain a journal, correspondence, legal and religious documents, clippings, ephemera, and photographs documenting the life of twentieth-century professor, Boston College president, and Jesuit James H. Dolan, SJ. Of note are photographs reflecting life at Boston College in the late 1920s and preliminary architectural planning documents for three Jesuit institutions.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research, with the exception of estate documents containing financial information, which are closed until 2037.

Dates: 1907 - 1972