In celebration of the 75th anniversary of D’Youville College, Sr. Mary Sheila Driscoll (1911-1994), second College Archivist, created a pamphlet series on the history and founding of D’Youville College. Periodically, these pamphlets will be digitized and posted online. Below are the first 3 pamphlets in the series:
Sister Mary Sheila Driscoll (1911-1994) was the second D’Youville College Archivist, succeeding Sister St. Mary Jones. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the College, Sr. Mary Sheila created a pamphlet series on the history and founding of D’Youville College.
Periodically, a new pamphlet will be digitized and linked on this site. Below is the first in this series, The Administration Building, 1874-1900.
This short finding aid lists plays produced in the D’Youville auditorium from 1908 to 1967, and minor plays enacted by special groups 1912 to 1962. Download or view the guide to plays performed at D’Youville here.
Search the finding aid 2 ways:
1. Browse the guide chronologically.
2. Keyword search by using the Ctrl-F function [hold the “control” key and hit “f”].
The D’Youville College Archives maintains A to Z subject files of topics, events, and people related to D’Youville College (the “vertical file”). Materials contained in each file vary, but can include images, correspondence, brochures, and clippings. An index to the Vertical File is now available online.
Search the index 2 ways:
1. Keyword search by using the Ctrl-F function [hold the “control” key and hit “f”].
2. Browse the index by subject, arranged A to Z.
This year’s pinning ceremony for graduating nurses is May 17 at Roswell Park in the Hohn Lecture Hall. The D’Youville pin is presented to graduates signifying their commitment to the nursing profession. The Bachelor of Science Nursing program at D’Youville began in 1942 with the first graduating class in 1946. At the time, D’Youville was a women’s college. In 1971, the college became co-educational, and male nursing students were admitted. The 1980s and 90s saw an expansion of the program to include Masters degrees.
100 years ago, Pauline Garnett, Mary Brennan, and Elizabeth Gosselin became the first graduates of D’Youville College. The event was held in the College Auditorium (now the Kavinoky) and was reported by Nanette Lancaster (class of 1913) in the D’Youville Magazine*:
Cardinal Farley presented the diplomas to the graduates, after which Bishop Colton placed upon each one the hood significant of the degree she received. Those who had completed the course prescribed by the institution and were entitled to the degree of Bachelor of Arts were Miss Mary Brennan of Medina, NY, who received special honours in Latin, English and Pedagogy; Miss Pauline Garnett of Buffalo, who received her degree with special honours in History, English and Pedagogy; and Miss Elizabeth Gosselin of Redford, NY, with special honours in French and Pedagogy. Miss Helena Sheehan of Buffalo, BA of Trinity College, 1911, who took a post-graduate course at D’Youville in English and Aesthetics, received the degree of Master of Arts. Miss Elizabeth Cronyn, of Buffalo, because of her distinguished accomplishments in music, her splendid and successful efforts to elevate musical taste in Buffalo, and to establish high ideals of artistic musical performance, also because of her beautiful, Christian womanliness, received the degree of Doctor of Music.
This year’s graduation ceremony will be held at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 am. More information on tickets, graduation events and festivities can be found here.
*”Commencement Week,” by Nanette Lancaster. D’Youville Magazine, vol. 5 no. 3 (July 1912).