Cardinal Cushing Library Construction Collection

By 1963 the plans for the Cardinal Cushing Library (named in honor of Richard Cardinal Cushing, a generous benefactor of the College), drawn by Maginnis and Walsh and Kennedy, called for the creation of a microfilm, seminar and listening rooms, a lecture hall, as well as, stacks designed to hold 200,000 volumes and 93 carrels. The construction of the building was overseen by Walsh Bros. On June 5, 1965, the new library that occupied 52,880 square feet, was dedicated by Richard Cardinal Cushing who later attended a dinner in honor of its completion at the Sheraton-Boston Hotel. The area, in the Administration Building that previously housed the library, was converted Cardinal Cushing Groundbreaking, Jun. 2, 1963into office space for the Presidents’ Office, the Admissions Office and for faculty.

This collection contains documentation from the construction of the Cardinal Cushing Library, Emmanuel College (Boston, MA) that occurred between 1961 through 1965. The collection contains a non-continuous set of material such as correspondences, memorandum, programs, publication, photographs and blueprints that discuss the development of the construction project and the celebration of its completion. Most of the documentation was created by the College, or its subordinate parts, and was stored by various departments of the College until the materials were transfer to the Emmanuel College Archives in 2010.