Mary Friel Dissertation and Research Materials

Sister Mary Friel grew up in Utica, New York and graduated from Emmanuel College in 1960 with a degree in Biology. After teaching in Alaska for a year Ms. Fiel entered Boston College’s graduate school where she wrote a dissertation on the first fifty-five (55) years of Emmanuel College by 1979. It was during the late 1970s that Mary Friel joined the Psychology Department of Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) and established, with Dr. Daniel Joynt, the Guidance and Counseling program that she helped run until her retirement from WCSU in 1998. It was during this time that Mary Friel entered the Congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. After retiring from WCSU Sr. Friel, SNDHistory of Emmanuel College, 1919-1974 became an adjunct professor of Psychology at Manchester Community College (Manchester, CT) where she worked with students of different ages and experiences. Through the course of her career Sr. Friel, SND has worked as a high school guidance counselor in Brockton, Massachusetts and as a tutor at Grace Academy, a middle school for underserved girls in Hartford, Connecticut.

The collection contains the research materials (i.e. recorded interviews and research index cards) and the dissertation that was submitted to Boston College’s Department of Education for the conferral of Mary Friel’s doctorate. Material in this collection covers the social environment in which Emmanuel College was founded and developed in its first fifty-five (55) years of existence. The materials in the collection date from the mid to late 1970s.