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Southeastern Massachusetts University, Office of the President, Joseph L. Driscoll records

Identifier: URC-008

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of correspondence files as well as subject files, arranged alphabetically.


  • 1962 - 1971


Biographical / Historical

Joseph Leo Driscoll served as President of UMD 1962-1971, when it was known first as Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (SMTI) and then Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU). His official investiture was July 9, 1966. Amid controversy and pressure from the students, faculty and Board of Trustees, he was asked to resign July 22, 1971. He was allowed to remain until the end of his contract with the exception that he take one year leave of absence, commencing on Sept. 1, 1971. His final resignation took effect August 31, 1972.


2.1 Linear Feet (5 letter-sized manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Correspondence files are retrospective, transferred from the "red book" collection, U10 BOX8 Folders 10 - 14; U10 BOX9 All Folders; and U10 BOX10 Folders 1 - 2. Three boxes of additional subject files added in 2019 were recelaimed from various subjects of the red book collection.

Related Materials

Driscoll wrote extensively for the SMU University News, published in 1970-1971, after SMTI changed its name. See URC 034 for these newsletters.

Southeastern Massachusetts University, Office of the President, Joseph L. Driscoll records
Jennifer Walsh, Judy Farrar and Melony Poirier
September 1997 and April 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition 1997; Second edition 2019.

Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA