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McNiff, Philip J.


Biographical Note

Philip J. McNiff (1912-1994) graduated from Boston College in 1933 and from Columbia University Graduate School of Library Science in 1940. He worked in the Brookline and Newton public libraries and the Harvard University Libraries before taking the position of Director and Librarian of Boston Public Library in 1965, from which he retired in 1983. Philip and Mary McNiff were devoted Catholics and participated actively in the communities of Boston College and St. John's Seminary. They also supported the Boston College Humanities Series.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Philip J. and Mary Stack McNiff papers


The Philip J. and Mary Stack McNiff papers contain materials created and collected by Philip J. McNiff and his wife Mary Stack McNiff. Correspondence and related enclosures make up the bulk of the collection; there are also many printed materials. Correspondents are generally members of the Catholic, library, or literary communities, particularly those affiliated with Boston College, Harvard University, and other Boston-area organizations. Materials date from circa 1880-1991.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open for research.

Dates: circa 1880-1991; Majority of material found within 1946 - 1988

Stanbrook Abbey Press collection

Abstract The Stanbrook Abbey Press collection contains materials created by the Press and its head printer, Sister Hildelith Cumming. Press materials make up the bulk of the collection and include bookplates, broadsides, greeting and prayer cards, exhibition programs, invitations, pamphlets, poems, prayers, prospectuses, and specimen pages. A small number of these have been hand-illustrated and illuminated. Correspondence is made up of letters from Sister Hildelith to collectors Philip and Mary...
Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Some items, particularly in Series IX. and X., have been hand-illustrated and illuminated by Margaret and Henry Adams. Please do not directly touch the illustrations; this helps preserve their detail.

Dates: circa 1950-1989