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Rev. Joseph F. Donahue, S.J. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC045-DONA

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the writings and personal effects of Rev. Joseph F. Donahue. Additionally, it has newspaper clippings from the student paper at Crosby High School. The programs from the Golden Jubilee offer a brief biographical sketch of Rev. Donahue, including important dates in his life. The majority of the collection is correspondence dating from the 1940s to 1990. Much of the early correspondence is handwritten and the later correspondence is typewritten. The collection also includes two eulogies written by Rev. Donahue and his stole. Finally, there is a photograph album holding photographs of family members, Jesuits, schoolmates, baseball players, Shadowbrook and Weston.


  • circa 1940 - 1990


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 / Historical

Joseph Donahue was born on August 25, 1919 in Waterbury, CT to Timothy M. Donahue and Mary (O’Connor) Donahue. He attended Crosby High School in Waterbury from 1933 to 1937 and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1937. Fr. Donohue studied at Shadowbrook from 1937 to 1941 and Weston College from 1941 to 1945. He then taught at B.C. High from 1945 to 1947. He was ordained on June 17th, 1950 and he returned to Weston College to study theology from 1947 to 1951. Fr. Donahue taught at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine from 1951 to 1952. He returned to Boston College from 1953 to 1960 and taught theology. Afterwards, Fr. Donahue taught theology at Holy Cross and was Assistant Dean from 1960 to 1967. He retired from teaching in 1985 and died on January 6, 1991.


.82 Cubic Feet (2 document boxes, 1 flat box)

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Acquisition Note

The source of acquisition is unknown.

December 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Distinctive Collections Repository

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