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Boston College collection of Andrew William Vachon, SJ

Collection MS-2013-015: Boston College collection of Andrew William Vachon, SJ


  • Creation: 1951, undated

Scope and Contents

Consists of a small collection of black pen and ink drawings by Andrew William Vachon, SJ featuring Gasson Hall at Boston College, crucifixes, and religious themes. Also included are three print reproductions and a handwritten list of the illustrations in the collection.


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: Andrew William Vachon, SJ

Andrew William Vachon, SJ was born on April 22, 1910 in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, the youngest of thirteen children. He entered the Jesuit Order in 1929 and was ordained at Weston College in 1942. While he was a scholastic at Mt. St. Michael's in Spokane, Washington, the Society of Jesus prepared him as a teacher of nuclear physics, mathematics, and seismology. Vachon also earned his master's degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in 1936, and returned there to teach photography in 1965. Before returning to Gonzaga, he served as a chaplain and artist-in-residence for five years at Marymount Military Academy. Vachon later served as Gonzaga University's first artist-in-residence, from 1965-1979. He died on June 1, 1979 at Gonzaga's Jesuit House in Spokane, Washington.


"Fr. Vachon To Display Paintings At Bellarmine." The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle, WA), 24 March 1961.

"Priest-Artist's Work Is Enriched by Knowledge Of Art, Science, Theology." The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle, WA), 16 April 1965.

Spires 1979, Gonzaga University. (accessed February 28, 2024).


2.5 Linear Feet (2 containers)

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Collection of original pen and ink drawings by twentieth-century Jesuit and artist Andrew William Vachon, SJ. Also includes three printed reproductions of Vachon's work. Illustrations depict Boston College and religious imagery.



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.

Related Materials

Andrew William Vachon drawings for his books Ketchikan Alaskan sketchings and Fish without chips, UC Berkeley: Bancroft Library,;idT=991074479759706532

Andrew William Vachon Prints, Whitman College and Northwest Archives,

Boston College Collection of Andrew William Vachon, SJ
1951, undated
Molly Aleshire
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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