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John T. Galvin papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection BC-1996-083: John T. Galvin papers


  • 1822 - 1994
  • Majority of material found within 1953 - 1994

Scope and Contents

Composed primarily of research files of Galvin relating to the history of Boston. Also includes manuscripts, publications, photographs, and correspondence. Much of the material deals with city politics and political figures like James Michael Curley. In addition, there are some items produced by and related to the Boston Citizen Seminars.


Restrictions on access

Collection is closed.

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 / Historical

A businessman, historian and author, John T. Galvin graduated from Boston College in 1937 and served in the Navy during World War II. He worked in public relations and was a member of various civic and charitable associations. The author of numerous articles on Boston history and politics, Galvin was also co-founder and chairman of the Boston Citizen Seminars


19.75 Linear Feet (18 containers)

Language of Materials



Gift of Ruth Mehrtens Galvin in 1996, 1998, and 1999, and the estate of John and Ruth Galvin in 2003. The manuscript of the Boston College Magazine article was a transfer from Ben Birnbaum, Boston College Office of Communications in 2005.

John T. Galvin Papers
1822-1994, bulk 1953-1994
Unprocessed Cataloged
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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
617-552-2465 (Fax)