Bapst Library, circa 1920-1938
- circa 1920-1938
Scope and Contents
The President's Office records of James H. Dolan, SJ, the sixteenth president of Boston College, contain correspondence, material relating to the construction of two buildings as well as other facilities concerns, administrative records and notes, photographs, artwork, and artifacts documenting both his administration and the College's development from 1925 to the end of his tenure in 1932.
Records regarding the completion of Bapst Library and the addition to St. Mary's, constructed 1930-1931, contain architectural and interior design drawings; specifications for heating, ventilation, plumbing, and wiring work; and paperwork regarding contracts and various contractors' work. The Bapst Library materials also contain reference images for artwork and photographs of completed features in Bapst. The financial documents subseries contain information on a chimes company and the Gargan, McManus, and Taylor estates, which donated money to the university that was applied to building projects.
Correspondence is written in English and Latin, with small amounts in German and French. Most of the letters in Latin are from the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Wlodimir Ledóchowski. Letters are grouped by class or correspondent in the order received and reflect Dolan's pastoral and professional work. A small collection of postage stamps is also included. Office files include materials on academics, faculty, and development, as well as a Graduate Board proposal to start a college hockey team. Ephemera and Provincial reports include several hand-cut silhouettes from a German artist, poetry, Provincial status reports, and other artifacts from or about Boston College and its events.
Language of Materials
Materials in this collection are primarily in English, with some French, German, and Latin.
Restrictions on access
Collection is open for research; portions available digitally.
2.75 Linear Feet (3 containers)
- From the Collection: Boston College. Office of the President (Organization)
Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository
John J. Burns Library
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States