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Edward T. P. Graham papers

Collection MS-1986-064: Edward T. P. Graham papers


  • Creation: 1884-1921, undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1901 - 1912

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, architectural illustrations, photographs, postcards, clippings, and invitations belonging to Boston architect Edward T. P. Graham. The materials primarily concern Graham's time in Europe studying architecture, as well as his career in America. Highlights include a sketchbook containing drawings made by Graham during his time in Europe, illustrations from the French architectural publication Materiaux et documents d'art decoratif, and photographs of cathedrals and churches from Italy and France.


Language of Materials

Materials in English, Italian, and French.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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 T. P. (Thomas Patrick) Graham was born on February 2, 1871 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Thomas Augustus Graham and Helena Kenney. He attended Harvard University and graduated in 1900. In 1901 he won the Austin Travelling Fellowship, which funded his studies in Europe. When Graham returned to Boston he worked for Peabody and Stearns as a draftsman and in 1904 opened his own business in Boston and later Cleveland. He earned a Master's degree from Boston College in 1915. He became well known for his architecture, which was heavily inspired by the Renaissance-style designs that he studied in Europe. His buildings include St. Paul's Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Boston City Hall Annex, the Registry of Motor Vehicles building in Boston, and numerous churches in New England and the Midwest.

Graham died in Boston on September 3, 1964 at the age of 93.


"E.T.P. Graham, Noted Architect, at Age 93." Boston Globe (1960-1988), Sep 04, 1964.


22.5 Linear Feet (23 containers)


The papers consist of correspondence, illustrations, photographs, and postcards belonging to early twentieth-century Boston architect Edward T. P. Graham. The materials primarily concern Graham's time in Europe studying architecture, as well as his career in America.


This collection is arranged into four series: I. Architectural images, II. Correspondence, III. Ephemera, and IV. Sketchbook.

Series I has two subseries: A. Illustrations and B. Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

The sketchbook was a gift from Robert Goldsmith (2017).

Related Materials

Charles D. Maginnis and Timothy F. Walsh papers, MS.1998.034, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Edward T. P. Graham Papers
1884-1921 (bulk 1901-1912)
Annalisa Moretti
June 2019
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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