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Walter J. Meagher papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection BC-1999-129: Walter J. Meagher papers


  • 1850 - 1976

Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, newspaper clippings, articles, book plates, and photographs. Most of the material relates to the diary of Joseph Coolidge Shaw, a copy of which is also included. The collection also includes Father Meagher's own diary dated from 1965 as well as material on Edward Holker Welch, SJ, one of the original incorporators of Boston College.


Restrictions on access

Collection is closed until processed.

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

A Jesuit historian and author, Walter J. Meagher entered the Society of Jesus in 1915. He was ordained a priest in 1928 and earned a Ph.D. in 1944 from Fordham University. He taught at the College of the Holy Cross from 1932 to 1954, and at Boston College from 1954 until his retirement in 1967. Meagher edited the diary of Joseph Coolidge Shaw, a 19th century Boston convert to Catholicism.


2 Linear Feet (3 containers )

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Walter J Meagher's diary was a gift of Mary Ellen Doona in 1999. The remainder of the materials were acquired prior to 1986, and 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.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original Joseph Coolidge Shaw diary is housed in the Maryland Province Archives of the Society of Jesus.

Separated Materials

Published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

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