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Guide to the St. Francis High School and St. Francis College Collections, 1818–1980

Collection number: 001
Title: St. Francis High School and St. Francis College Collections
Dates: 1818-1980, bulk 1934-1978
Extent: 6 Linear Feet, 5 records cartons, 1 document case, 1 flat file box

Biographical/Historical Note

In the 1930’s on the same spot where the Wabenaki had camped, Franciscans from Montreal established a high school and junior college — a college seraphic, as it was called — to prepare young Franco-American descendants of the Que'be'cois for the priesthood. The Franciscans named their college seraphique St. Francis College in honor of the founder of their order, St. Francis of Assisi, who would have been at home among the birds and animals of the Saco. In 1953, the Franciscans changed the college from a seminary preparatory school to a four-year private liberal arts college to prepare young Catholic men to take their place in the dominant society. For several years the college prospered and grew. Then, once again, the need changed. In the early 1970's, enrollments decreased and small private liberal arts colleges throughout the Northeast began to close. Burdened doubly by declining enrollments and a huge debt, engendered in part by years of growth, St. Francis College also faced closing. In the late 1970's the college made an agreement with the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine to merge and in 1978 became the University of New England.

Collection Scope and Content

The collection includes records documenting both the student experience as well as the administration of both St. Francis High School and St. Francis College. The earliest records in the collection include deeds for the properties owned by the college dated from the early to mid-19th century. The majority of records date from 1934–1978. The records are arranged in the following series: Archives and Special Collections, Artifacts and Memorabilia, Audio Visual, Catalogs, City of Biddeford Maine, Commencement, Ephemera, Faculty Handbooks, Governance, Human Rights Symposium (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visit), Library, Photographs, Public Relations, Real Estate, Reports, Student Publications, Student Strikes, Transfer of Ownership and Yearbooks.

Collection Contents

001: Archives and Special Collections

Folder  
001

Incorporation Documents, 1934

002

Notes Describing St. Francis Campus, undated

003

Estelle Tatterson Scrapbook, 1928

004

Map Illustrating the King's Highway, undated

005

John Peterson collection, 1962, 2008

006

"The Crime Against Kansas, The Apologies for the Crime, the True Remedy; Speech of Honorable Charles Sumner", 1856

007

Historic New Hampshire, November 1945

008

"Letters from Abbot Lawrence to William C. Reeves", 1846

009

"Little Susan or the Young Christian", 1830

010

Tarkington Collection, 1967–1980

002: Artifacts and Memorabilia

Folder  
001

Basketball Warm–up shirt, 1978

002

Hockey Jerseys, 1978

003

Lightweight Jacket, undated

004

Sweater, undated

005

Jackets, undated

006

Beanies, undated

007

Mug, Winter Carnival, 1965

008

Pennants, undated

009

Varsity Letters, undated

010

Zenon Decary Bust, undated

011

Certificates, 1960–1965

012

Medallions, undated

013

Pens Used to Sign An Act Granting Powers to the Franciscan Fathers of Maine, 1953

014

Apostolic Blessing, Framed, 1959

015

Trowel, Ceremonial, undated

016

Half Dollar, Class of 1951, 1951

017

Seal of St. Francis College, 1964

018

Plaque, Time Capsule, 1976

019

Lighter, undated

003: Audio Visual

Folder  
001

Unidentified 16 mm Film, undated

002

St. Francis Glee Club records, 1967

003

John Logan "The Spring of the Thief," 1963 Symposium Christian in the Modern World, 1963

004

Teirney/Grattan, undated

005

May 31, 1978 Housing, 1978

006

Society St. Jean Baptiste de Bienfaisance, undated

007

Al Poulin, Dora Sherwood, John Logan, 1969

008

Glee Club Spring Concert, 1971 / Dona Nobis Pacem, Serenade to Music, 1972, 1971, 1972

004: Catalogs

Folder  
001

St. Francis High School Bulletin, 1939–1957

002

St. Francis College Catalogs, 1952–1978

005: City of Biddeford

Folder  
001

City of Biddeford, 1887, 1963

006: Commencement

Folder  
001

St. Francis College, 1955–1978

002

St. Francis College Diploma, 1964

003

St. Francis College High School Diploma, 1949

004

St. Francis High School Program, 1951

005

St. Francis College High School Program, 1960

006

St. Francis College High School Diploma, 1960

007

St. Francis Junior College Program, 1950

007: Ephemera

Folder  
001

Anniversary Queen of Peace Shrine, 1956

002

Homecoming, 1966, 1967

003

Mardi Gras, 1949

004

A Night of Delight at the Crescent, 1951

005

Parents' Weekend, 1964

006

Spring Concert, 1963

008: Faculty Handbooks

Folder  
001

1976–77, 1976

009: Governance

Folder  
001

Guild of St. Francis College By–Laws, 1974

002

Constitution of St. Francis College, undated

003

Report, 1970

010: Human Rights Symposium (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visit)

Folder  
001

Program Draft, 1964

002

Program, 1964

003

Flyer, 1964

004

Correspondence, Robert Sheehan, 1964 

005

The Canticle, 1964

011: Library

Folder  
001

Library, 1968–1970

012: Photographs

Folder  
001

Baseball, 1950

002

Buildings, 1943–1963

003

Clarence LaPlante, O.F.M., President, undated

004

Football, 1949–1951

005

Gym, 1948

006

Hockey Team, 1941–1942, 1950

007

Houses on Site of St. Francis and Decary Halls, 1948 

008

Library, undated, 1963

009

St. Francis Hall, 1939

010

St. Francis Singers, undated

011

Students in Library, 1946

013: Public Relations

Folder  
001

Clippings, 1950, 1968, 1970

002

Press Releases, 1971, 1972

014: Real Estate

Folder

 

001 

53 Hills Beach Rd. Easement, 1978

002

Abstract of Title to Premises at Hills Beach, Biddeford, Maine Proposed to be Conveyed to Franciscan Fathers of Maine, 1969

003

Abstract of Title of Property, 1939

004

Aerial Photograph, 1960

005

Appraisal Report St. Francis College, 1970

006

Appraisal of St. Francis College Land, 1967

007

Appraisal of Stella Maris Property, 1961

008

Camp Ellis Pier, 1954–1962

009

Dallaire Property, 1974

010

Deeds, 1818–1967

011

Flood House (Site of Decary), 1934–1980

012

Maine State Highway Commission Right of Way Map, 1960

013

Manchester, NH Land, 1946–1967

014

Market Value Appraisal of St. Francis College, 1975

015

Plan of Elevations, 1961

016

Plan of St. Francis College, 1969

017

Plant Inventory — Land, undated

018

President's House, 1972-1975

019

Stella Maris, 1959-1962

020

Student Cottage Rentals, 1957-1967

021

Title Research, 1935-1978

015: Reports

Folder  
001

"Franciscans in Biddeford, Maine 1933–1975", 1976

002

Library Annual Reports, 1962–1980

003

President's Report to the Corporation of the Franciscan Fathers of Maine, 1960

004

President's Speech to Faculty, 1973

005

Report to the Maine Department of Education for the Evaluation of Our Program Leading to the BA Degree and the Certification of Our Graduates to Teach in Secondary Schools of the State, 1965

006

Stella Maris; Its Inhabitants and History, 1977

007

A Story of St. Francis College in Maine, 1962

008

A Study of Student Perceptions and Student Attitudes in a Small Church Affiliated Liberal Arts College and a Small Non-Denominational Liberal Arts College, 1969

009

Summary Report of Standards of Achievement now Operative at St. Francis College, 1960

010

“What Will the Future Demand of the Christian College?”, 1970

016: Student Publications

Folder  
001

Vigilant, circa 1948

002

Troubadour, December 1948 – December 1949

003

Canticle, Spring 1965 – Fall 1971

004

The Sepian, October 28, 1961 – November 3, 1970

017: Student Strikes

Folder  
001

Student Strikes, 1968, 1970

018: Transfer of Ownership

The Transfer of Ownership series includes records documenting the transfer from the Franciscan Fathers to a lay board of directors.

Folder  
001

Transfer of Ownership, 1963, 1973–1974

019: Yearbooks

Folder  
001

St. Francis High School, 1948–1960

002

St. Francis College, Motus, 1962–1976