Archives & Special Collections

Manhattan College serves as the final repository for the historical records of Manhattan College and the Brothers of the Christian Schools (also known as the Christian Brothers or the De La Salle Christian Brothers). The College houses the following archival collections:

  • Archives of Manhattan College
  • Archives of the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the legacy New York (NY) District
  • Archives of the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the legacy Long Island-New England (LI-NE) District
  • Christian Brothers of the Midwest District Archives
  • Lasallian Research Collection
  • District of Eastern North America (DENA) Archives
  • Archives of the Christian Brothers Conference
Six Christian Brothers dressed in their habits walk down an airplane runway surrounded by a crowd of people, carrying luggage bags and waving their hands and a flag.

Image of the Month: November

The Brothers Flee Cuba, 1961

On May 25, 1961, a Pan-Am jet touched down in Miami direct from Havana, Cuba carrying a whole Province of Christian Brothers.  All of the Brothers’ schools in Cuba had been confiscated by the Castro government and the Brothers had risked their lives clashing with civil authorities.  In the months leading up to their departure, Brothers had been arrested and imprisoned and left with the choice of giving up their vocations or expulsion from Cuba or death before a firing squad.  The Brothers came to Cuba in 1905 and began their apostolate.  They had established De La Salle College, Vedado in Havana, Lasallian Commercial Academy and Lasallian College at Santiago.  

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