Library donations, undated
Scope and Contents
William J. Devlin, SJ, President’s Office records contain materials from the administration of William J. Devlin, the fifteenth president of Boston College. The collection spans 1915-1935 with the bulk dating from 1919-1925, and documents Devlin’s attempts to improve the Chestnut Hill campus, particularly through the construction of new buildings and the establishment of new programs, specifically the Schools of Education and Business. The records are composed of correspondence, subject files, a scrapbook from Devlin’s 1921 Building Fund campaign, and a second scrapbook documenting events such as Marshal Foch's visit to Boston College, breaking ground on the new library, the Building Fund campaign, and more. Correspondence consists of letters between Devlin and various individuals, as well as mailings and letters from Catholic and educational organizations. A large amount of correspondence between Devlin and the New England Province of Jesuits is represented. Subject files chronicle Devlin’s administration, especially his fundraising efforts and school improvements. This series also includes some material regarding Devlin’s interest in Catholic issues, and activity in Catholic organizations.
Language of Materials
Materials in this collection are primarily in English, with some German.
Restrictions on access
Collection is open for research; portions are available digitally.
"Father Rector's Office and President of Boston College" scrapbook in Series II is closed due to fragility. A photocopied duplicate of the scrapbook can be accessed in Box 4.
From the Series: 5.0 Linear Feet (4 containers)
- From the Collection: Devlin, William J., 1875-1938 (Person)
- From the Collection: Boston College. Office of the President (Organization)
Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository
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