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Arthur MacGillivray, S.J. collection of twentieth-century authors

Collection BC-1991-053: Arthur MacGillivray, S.J. collection of twentieth-century authors


  • Creation: 1923 - 1995
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936 - 1985

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of newspaper clippings and articles related to twentieth century American, English, and Irish authors and poets. Includes personal correspondence, pamphlets, lectures, and photographs. A significant amount of the material pertains to the lives and works of Hilaire Belloc, Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats, and Graham Greene.


Restrictions on access

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

Arthur A. MacGillivray, born in Roslindale, Massachusetts in September 1912, was a poet and faculty member at Boston College. He attended Boston High School of Commerce and Boston College before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1932. He began graduate work at the University of Minnesota in 1944 and served as chair of the English department at Fairfield University in Connecticut between 1947 and 1953. From 1953 until he retired in 1978, MacGillivray taught in the English department at Boston College. He published a volume of his poetry works, Sufficient Wisdom (circa 1943), and contributed to a number of anthologies.

MacGillivray died in September 2000.


Catalogus Provinciae Novae Angliae Societatis Jesu.

Boston College alumni catalog, 1974.

Gawlik, Stephen. "Funeral Held for Fr. MacGillivray," Boston College Chronicle, v.9, n.1, 8 September 2000.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



Collection comprises correspondence, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia of twentieth century literary figures, primarily poets. The collection was assembled by Boston College professor of English Arthur MacGillivray, SJ and includes his correspondence with many of the authors. The most comprehensive files regard Hilaire Belloc, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, and Graham Greene; significant runs of correspondence are included with Katherine Anne Porter and Robert Penn Warren.


Alphabetical by subject, with a single group photograph filed at the end.


Gift of Arthur MacGillivray, SJ in 1989, 1991, 1993, and 1995.

Processing Information

MacGillivray's file on Thomas Merton was added to the Thomas Merton collection (MS.1986.064) sometime before 1994. As the materials can no longer be distinguished from others in that collection, they have been left in place.

MacGillivray's file on Hillaire Belloc was originally described independently as the MacGillvray collection of Hillaire Belloc (MS.2006.035). It was integrated into this collection in 2021.

Arthur MacGillivray, S.J. Collection of Twentieth-Century Authors
1923-1995 (bulk 1936-1985)
Eric Olson, Aimee Felker, Dennis Scott, 1991; Rachael Young
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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