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Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick Papers

 Collection — Box: RG7-02-001
Identifier: RG07-02

Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal correspondence from Bishop Fenwick, ephemera, and biographical material.


  • 1833-1982


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact

Biographical Note

Bishop Fenwick was born in Maryland in 1782. After receiving his degree from Georgetown University he served as the university’s president. He entered the Jesuit order in 1806 and was ordained in 1808. In 1825 he was appointed as the bishop of Boston. He would later establish the College of the College in 1843 after purchasing land from Rev. Fitton. Fenwick himself donated many books from the Georgetown library as well as his personal library to the College, which are still housed in the Archives and Special Collections department. He died in 1846.


.46 Cubic Feet (1 document box)

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Related Materials

  • RG01-01 Founders Photograph Collection
  • Memoirs to serve for the future: ecclesiastical history of the diocese of Boston by Benedict Joseph Fenwick (Call no. E184.C3 U5 v.35 )
  • Sown in granite; glimpses of events and people associated with the life of Benedict Joseph Fenwick, S. J. by Sister Mary Angela, S.M. (Call no. BX4705.F343 M39 1963)

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