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Mercyhurst College History I

Identifier: UA-31

Scope and Contents

The collection is representative of the early history of the College with College Catalogues, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, May Day and other films, photographs, manuscripts on events, and speeches, and continues into 1968 with minutes of the Board of Trustees. (Board of Trustees Minutes on microfilm is restricted) The photographs and manuscripts to the religious perspective at Mercyhurst College, and the history of the Catholic Diocese of Erie, along with many miscellaneous pamphlets, speeches, articles.


  • 1924-1976

Biographical / Historical

One of the first owners of the 75 arces on which Mercyhurst College in now located was David Wallace around 1850. After a series of owners the Mercy Sisters of Titusville purchased the land from Annie Lyon September 30, 1922. The Sisters bought the land because they were thinking of building a college for the women of Erie. H.J. Conrath Co. was selected as general contractor and the ground breaking ceremonies took place on September 8, 1924. F. Ferdinand Durand of Philidelphia, one of the foremost designers of educational buildings in the country was selected as architect. The original plans consisted of a complex which consisted of a dorm, classrooms, and an administrative area. (Old Main and Egan Hall) After many trying experiences Mercyhurst College opened its dorms on schedule September 1926, with 25 students. Four women made up the first graduating class in June 1929.


1 Reels (1 reel of microfilm.)

26 Linear Feet (27 archival boxes, 29 films.)

59 Files (59 oversized documents.)

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Repository Details

Part of the Sister Mary Lawrence Franklin Archival Center Repository

Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Hammermill Library
Erie Pennsylvania 16546 United States