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  • St. Mary’s College, 1970
    Three young men stand at a payphone bank and talk on the phone, with their backs to the camera.

    High-tech communication in 1970 at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota consisted of payphones in the common area of the dorms.   Although now an artefact of the past, pay phones were necessary fixtures on college campuses, particularly when looking for a job or a date on Saturday night or if parents needed to get in touch.

  • Ms. Clara Packer, 1936
    A women leans on a sign that says “Packer” while standing under a sign that reads “Morning Glory Trout and Game Preserve: Private”.

    In the early 1960s, the Christian Brothers of the St. Louis District established a retreat center, popularly called Dunrovin, at Marine-on-St. Croix, Minnesota to serve the students of the Twin City area high schools staffed by the Brothers.  In the 1930s, the fifty-acre estate, located about forty minutes outside of St. Paul, was owned by Arthur and Clara Packer, who operated the "Morning Glory Trout and Game Preserve." At that time it was known as a place where businessmen could get away, fish in the trout pond, board their dogs, and enjoy the outdoors.  The Brothers eventually took over Dunrovin and held their first retreat on Ash Wednesday, 1964.  It still operates as a Christian Brothers retreat facility today. 

  • Junior Novices Play Ice Hockey, 1925
    A bunch of young boys play ice hockey in the cold on a pond at St. Joseph’s Normal Institute in Pocantico Hills, New York.

    Pick-up ice hockey seems to be the best alternative to being stuck inside during the blustery cold winter days in Pocantico Hills, New York.  Some junior novices studying at St. Joseph’s Normal Institute enjoy time outdoors playing ice hockey on the pond in front of the Retreat house on the vast upstate campus.  St. Joseph’s Normal Institute, where young boys and men studied to become Christian Brothers, served as the Novitiate from 1906 until 1930 and the Scholasticate from 1913 to 1930.

  • The Brothers Flee Cuba, 1961
    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.

    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.

  • Space Invaders Anyone? 1981
    A handful of male students gather around three video game machines in Thomas Hall.

    A new video game room was established outside of Plato’s Cave, on the first floor of Thomas Hall.  When students returned from winter break in January 1981, popular arcade games like Space Invaders and Missile Command awaited them.  Throughout the year tournaments were held and pizza prizes awarded.  The impromptu arcade proved very popular, especially among the male students.

  • 1 Subway Terminus behind the Manhattan College Paulian Laboratory, 1974
    The elevated #1 subway line above Broadway and a one-story building with many cars parked all around it.

    A familiar sight in the background landscape of Manhattan College is the IRT, NYC’s #1 subway line elevated above Broadway.  Throughout most of the 20th century, the majority of students commuted to class, day-hopping from the surrounding tri-state area, with a large portion arriving via subway.  Another familiar sight is the one-story building Paulian Laboratories on Broadway and 242nd Street, which was acquired in 1957 and provided laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices for Engineering as well as much-needed parking space.  Today this building, parking lot and view no longer exist.  Manhattan College Parking garage has taken its place.

  • Manhattan College vs. the Citadel in the College Bowl, 1970
    4 Manhattan College male students and 4 Citadel male students are seated at 2 tables in a television studio preparing to film the quiz show competition the College Bowl in March 1970.

    Sundays in the spring of the 1960s and early 1970s became reserved for television’s “College Bowl”, also known as the General Electric (G.E.) College Bowl.  First filmed at the CBS studios and later at NBC, Manhattan College’s four-men teams went head-to-head against fellow collegians answering challenging questions rooted in the liberal arts. 

  • Manhattan College Beach Outing, 1962
    Manhattan College boys and girls lay out in the sun on a beach in 1962

    Manhattan College students and coeds took advantage of sunny and seasonably warm days by flocking to New York City beaches.  Steamy summer months were often enjoyed at popular spots like Coney Island, the Rockaways and Riis Park.

  • The New York Catholic Protectory Printing Shop, c.1900
    An industrial warehouse with large, rotary printing presses manned by young boys at the New York Catholic Protectory, circa 1900.

    In 1863, the New York Catholic Protectory opened its doors to the “destitute Roman Catholic children of New York City.”  Thousands of boys between 7 and 14 years of age who may have been idle, truant, vicious or homeless, were remanded to the care of the Christian Brothers.  Various industrial trades were taught to the boys including printing.  The sophistication of their illustrations and the capacity to handle large orders in little time won the printing department high praise.  In 1904, it was awarded a gold medal at the World’s Fair held in St. Louis.

  • Parent's Protest, 1968
    A group of parents and children dressed in coats hold up signs protesting the Christian Brothers withdrawal from St. Mary’s School in Yonkers.

    Parents and their children protest the Christian Brothers withdrawal from St. Mary’s School in Yonkers, New York.  The Brothers opened St. Mary’s School in 1861 to educate 300 students.  It was the first Catholic parochial school between New York City and Poughkeepsie and the oldest in the city of Yonkers.  After more than one hundred years, due to a lack of personnel within the Institute, the Brothers withdrew.  Parents, students and the Yonkers community deeply regretted the Brothers’ exit. 

  • Driver's Education, 1953
    Six Christian Brothers investigate the distance of a Pontiac car from a pole

    With the increased number of automobiles on the highways in the 1950s, a great percentage of America’s youths were becoming drivers.  This led to a steady rise in accidents and the consequent proliferation of driver’s ed. courses.  At the Christian Brother’s Scholasticate, De La Salle College in Washington, D.C., such a course was in operation.  It proved unique because the Brothers were the only religious order in the country to have a full-time driver-training program in a superior house of studies.

  • Dorothy Day, 1975
    woman with white hair and glasses sitting with man with glasses

    During a private ceremony at the offices of The Catholic Worker, Manhattan College President Brother Gregory Nugent presented the 1974 Saint La Salle Medal to Dorothy Day.  Dorothy Day was a journalist and social activist who founded the Catholic Worker Movement to promote the examination of conscience.  Day protested the exploitation of the worker, pled the plight of the poor, spoke in defense of the prisoner and utterly rejected violence as a solution to man’s conflicts.  Dorothy Day truly exemplified the mission and spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. 

    The College wanted to bestow on her an honorary degree in 1973, but she declined, responding, “To be absolutely sincere, I should add that the tie-up of so many universities with the government in research to benefit the “industrial-military complex” is of course also a reason for my decision.”  She continued, “I do love the Christian Brothers…”

  • Studying in the Dorm, 1969
    boy studies at desk with poster seen overhead

    Not until the early 1970s did Manhattan College go co-ed. Before then, Manhattan only educated men. In fact, Manhattan was known as “The Maker of Men.” At the same time, the College was also primarily a commuter school. Out of an undergraduate enrollment of around 3,600 in 1969, only about 940 of those students were residents. 

  • Cardinal Hayes Visit, 1933
    A man in religious clothing stands on steps talking to crowd of other men

    Eighty years ago Manhattan College students took their first steps through the Cardinal Hayes Library portals. The new facility quickly emerged as a vital center of academic and social life. The library remained the intellectual center of the campus. By the early 2000s, Hayes Library was extensively renovated and expanded and in 2002 re-dedicated as the O’Malley Library. The traditional stack-filled, quiet self-study spaces that were evaluated based on the number of volumes on its shelves, became integrated, mixed-use learning spaces that incorporated sophisticated technologies.

  • Faculty Lounge, c. 1892
    Sepia toned photo of men sitting in chairs

    Manhattan College administrators and faculty along with a handful of students pose for a photograph in the “Old” Manhattan College Administration building at 131st Street and Broadway.  Featured from the left to right are the eponymous Brother Jasper, Prefect, Athletic Director, and for whom our athletics teams are named, Brother Baldwin, professor of various classes, Brother John Chrysostom, first native American Brother,  and Brother Anthony, President of the College. 

  • Mass for Peace, 1969
    Image of college students participating in Peace Mass during Vietnam War.

    Manhattan College students and faculty joined in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, a peaceful nationwide protest against the US involvement in Vietnam.  Although classes were not suspended, attendance was down about eighty percent as the Manhattan College community participated in organized discussions, marches, workshops, film screenings and vigils.  The day began fittingly with a Mass for Peace.

  • Mussolini Visits the Brothers in Libya, 1937
    Sepia toned image of Benito Mussolini in a school with Christian Brothers. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini receives a warm welcome by the students and Brothers of La Salle Institute in the Italian colony of Benghazi, Libya.  Il Duce arrived to tour the newly-completed school, which was designed by Guido Ferrazza. According to accounts, Mussolini spotted his portrait drawn on a blackboard by a Christian Brother and was quite pleased.  The Brothers had arrived in Libya in 1930 and ran the school for almost a decade until the Second War.
  • As Clear as Mud, Manhattan Football 1930s
    A group of young men play football in a stadium.

    While it may seem difficult now to fathom a Jasper football squad, in the 1930s, Manhattan was a powerhouse on the gridiron.  With schedules and attendance soaring, Manhattan ranked among the important football-playing colleges of the East and gained a measure of national prominence.  Here, a muddied Jasper squad squares off against an undiscernible foe on Ebbets Field, the legendary baseball stadium of the Brooklyn Dodgers, which was also home base for Manhattan College's football team. 

  • The Dog Days of Summer, Lincoln Hall, c.1965
    A group of young boys watch television while a dog sits behind them.

    Boys at Lincoln Hall, a school for troubled boys in Lincolndale, NY, enjoy the company of man’s best friend.  The school, run by the Christian Brothers until 1981, was home to many young men who were remanded to custody by family courts for a whole range of juvenile offenses and problems.  Often from difficult family backgrounds or the streets of a city, the youths benefitted from their relationships with the dogs.  Friendship, loyalty, obedience and love offered by their pets provided some close and comforting contact. 

  • The Swimming Pond, La Salle Institute, Glencoe, MO c.1923
    A group of boys standing together next to a pond.

    Students at La Salle Institute in Glencoe, Missouri patiently wait their turn for a dip in the swimming pond. The Christian Brothers first came to Glencoe, Missouri in the 1870s and soon after established La Salle Institute, the novitiate of the St. Louis District.  Young men aspiring to become Christian Brothers prepared, studied, and, of course, participated in recreational activities there for over 90 years.  Today La Salle serves as a retreat center. 

  • MC Prep Students, c. 1947
    A young couple roller skating circa 1947

    Students of Manhattan College Preparatory School, “the Prep,” take their dates to a local roller skating rink. Manhattan Prep was the high school attached to the main College. Students of the Prep shared facilities with the College men and shared entertainment like roller skating. Roller skating was an enormously popular recreation in the forties. Despite the rigorous dress codes, rinks were fashionable hangouts for youth at the time. By the 1980s roller skating fell out of fashion and in 1971 Manhattan Prep was closed.

  • Commencement, 1949
    A toddler interrupts the Commencement ceremony by climbing up the chapel steps.

    His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Brother Bonaventure Thomas, President of Manhattan College and Brother Alexius Victor, Visitor of the New York District of the Christian Brothers, share a good laugh over an impromptu interruption during the Manhattan College Commencement ceremony.

    The awards were given out on the very congested Quadrangle. The graduation class of about 441, made up mostly of returning ex-servicemen and WWII veterans and the largest in College history then, together with an additional 53 sisters of ten Catholic orders who had completed studies in the College’s extension program, and five thousand guests rounded out the crowd. The Chapel steps were used as the dais and a tent was pitched to protect the dignitaries. The students and guests sat on the partially tree-shaded Quadrangle on a sunny mid- June day.

  • Hayden Hall Dedication
    A procession of men walking on campus as part of Manhattan’s centennial anniversary.

    The highlight event of Manhattan’s centennial anniversary was held on April 25, 1953. Cardinal Spellman official blessed and dedicated the new Hayden Science Hall and the board of trustees made a special presentation to Mr. J. Willard Hayden. The College had received a half million dollar gift from the Charles Hayden Foundation to finance the new science building.

    The whirlwind day, which began with a Pontifical Mass in De La Salle Chapel that paid an eloquent tribute to the prelates, pastors, Christian Brothers and laymen who during one hundred years had built up Manhattan College, continued with an Academic Convocation. Six honorary degrees were conferred on prominent men in religion, business, engineering, medicine and education. The St. La Salle, Manhattan College and Brothers’ Boy medals were also awarded.

  • Manhattan vs. West Virginia
    Manhattan College basketball game during 1957-58 season

    In the 1957-58 post-season, Manhattan College stunned crowds by defeating
    West Virginia, a team designated as number one in the country, in the first round
    of the NCAA Tournament, 89-84. The Mountaineers’ were led by future NBA Hall
    of Famer Jerry West, who the Jaspers held to only 10 points. The two hour
    penalty-packed game included 61 personal fouls and concluded with four players
    from each team benched.

    During the post-game celebration, the team hoisted Coach Ken Norton on their
    shoulders and paraded him around Madison Square Garden. In the opinion of the
    audience and sports writers, the game would never be forgotten for its thrills,
    suspense, emotionalism and outstanding performances.

  • February 26, 1937
    many students congregate in a library room

    Students cram into the one room, 35’ x 35’ original library located in Manhattan Hall (now Miguel Hall). Approximately fifteen students wrangled for every one available seat to study and work on assignments. Squeezed into that space was about 50,000 volumes and a library staff of eight. The following year Cardinal Hayes Library would open to much fanfare and relief!

  • O’Malley Library, Winter 1991
    The entrance to the original college library covered in snow

    Eighty years ago Manhattan College students took their first steps through the Cardinal Hayes Library portals. The new facility quickly emerged as a vital center of academic and social life. The library remained the intellectual center of the campus. By the early 2000s, Hayes Library was extensively renovated and expanded and in 2002 re-dedicated as the O’Malley Library. The traditional stack-filled, quiet self-study spaces that were evaluated based on the number of volumes on its shelves, became integrated, mixed-use learning spaces that incorporated sophisticated technologies.

  • Computing, 1981
    santa and a student work on a computer together

    In the early 1980s, the magnitude and importance of computers began to influence the Manhattan College curriculum. The proliferation of personal computers helped introduce computing as an instructional tool in the science and engineering curricula. In 1982, a computer science major was established in the mathematics department.

    One year earlier, the College purchased the Sloan Building at 5845 Broadway (3840 Corlear Avenue), a former furniture showroom and warehouse that was eventually developed into the Research and Learning Center (RLC), an academic computer center.

  • Field Day Arrivals, c. 1948
    image of children inside a vehicle

    The Benilde Catechist Society sponsored an annual field day for young students in
    Van Cortandt Park. Local school children arrived on buses or the College station
    wagon for the big outing. Softball games, foot races, magic displays and a swim in
    the College pool were some of the activities offered to the young charges.

    The Benilde Catechist Society was founded in 1938 by a group of Manhattan
    College students interested in teaching catechism to underprivileged school
    children in the local community. The Catechist Society not only sent members to
    parishes to teach the faith, they also organized fun events and visits to the College
    campus for the youngsters.

  • Tailgating at Homecoming, 1973
    tailgaiting at homecoming

    Each year in October, members of the Manhattan College community were
    welcomed back to campus to celebrate Homecoming. Alumni, friends and family
    returned to cheer the Jasper teams to victory, to mingle with classmates over
    cocktails and to enjoy dinner and dancing. A full weekend of activities ranging
    from masses, tours, exhibitions and athletic games to fashion shows, parties and
    dinners added to the program of fun. Homecoming was one of the most popular
    Jasper traditions throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s but its prominence
    waned by the late 1980s.

  • School Spirit, 1965
    school spirit

    In the fall semester of 1965, Jasper pride was on full display. Football returned to
    Manhattan after a twenty-three- year absence, thanks to the motivated spirit of
    the student body. A small group of physical education majors pushed the
    administration to establish a club football team. While the administration
    approved the measure, it would offer not financial support. Within weeks,
    students raised the necessary funds to furnish and administer a club team. The
    Jasper football club played its first game on Saturday, October 16, 1965,
    homecoming day in Gaelic park to an enthusiastic audience of about six hundred
    alumni and students. The Jasper football club made its debut with a 20-14 win
    over the New York University football club.

  • Manhattan Camp, 1937
    engineering camp

    Civil engineering students head out on a surveying mission while attending Manhattan Camp on Crystal Lake in upstate New York during the summer of 1937.  Summer surveying camp offered a more intensive experience and extensive application of the principles studied in civil engineering.     

    Manhattan Camp was organized by the engineering faculty around the turn of the twentieth century and for decades provided an opportunity for students to expand their engineering training.  Camp life was primarily topical surveying but it also presented ideal conditions for swimming and outdoor recreation during the summer vacation.  It was held in upstate New York at various locations over the years including Schroon Lake, St. Joseph’s, Crystal Lake and Raquette Lake.  Because of changes in the engineering curriculum and the College culture, by the late 1960s, the camp was phased out.

  • Foreign Students, Mid-1950s
    foreign students

    In the post-World War II era, Manhattan College hosted international students though training and education programs. Young men from Hungary, Japan and Germany helped enrich and enlarge the horizons of the College community. The programs created a range of opportunities for prospective leaders. It encouraged young foreign men to come to the United States as students and guests, where they might work to attain professional competence in an atmosphere which displayed our system of democracy “at work”.

    The programs also created ties of permanent mutual value between the U.S. and foreign institutions. After completing their training and education, many students joined the general workforce and settled into American society, though some returned to their home countries.