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Boston College collection of Edward V. Boursaud, SJ

Collection BC-1998-018: Boston College collection of Edward V. Boursaud, SJ


  • Creation: 1897, 1900

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two letters written by the fifth president of Boston College, Edward V. Boursaud, SJ, to a Mr. Brown. They concern Masses said on the behalf of a Brown family member named George.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Edward V. Boursaud was born in New York on September 1, 1840. His parents were French and the family returned to live in France when Boursaud was a child. Boursaud received part of his schooling in France, before returning to the U.S. where he attended Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. After graduating in August 1863, Boursaud joined the Society of Jesus at Frederick, Maryland. Two years later, he was made professor of classics at Frederick and then went on to teach poetry at Georgetown. In September 1871 he began seven years of training in philosophy and theology in preparation for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1877 and in 1878 was sent to Boston College as a teacher of poetry and rhetoric. After two years at Boston College, Boursaud returned to Frederick to undertake a year of ascetical study. Following this, he was selected for the position of Secretary to the English Assistant on the Jesuit General’s staff in Rome. In 1884, Boursaud was called back to the United States and, shortly afterward, appointed fifth president of Boston College. During his tenure, from 1884-1887, attendance rose steadily, and the University began offering the Master of Arts degree for the first time.

Father Boursaud had a reputation for being devoted to the poor and to workers; during a strike by streetcar staff he is said to have travelled by workers' barge in solidarity with the strikers. After his time as president of Boston College, he served as its treasurer, taking up the position in 1895. He died March 18, 1902 in Frederick, Maryland.


Donovan, Charles F., David R. Dunigan, and Paul A. FitzGerald. History of Boston College: From the Beginnings to 1990. Chestnut Hill, MA: The University Press of Boston College, 1990.

"Recent Deaths," The Sacred Heart Review, vol. 27, no.13, March 29, 1902. Accessed June 26, 2013,


.25 Linear Feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



This collection contains two letters written by the fifth president of Boston College, Edward V. Boursaud, SJ, after his time as president.

Related Materials

President's Office Records, University Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.


Boston College Collection of Edward V. Boursaud, SJ
1897, 1900
Stephanie Bennett
July 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States