Other Research Guides
This guide was designed to highlight some of the business and management resources available at Boston College Libraries. For more indepth information on various aspects of business and management go to the research guides listed on the left. You may also want to try the Business FAQs.
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John Donnelly & Sons Records
John Donnelly & Sons records, available in the Burns Library, are the business records of a well-known local outdoor advertising company. In addition to documenting the firm's business history (the Donnellys made several iconic local neon signs, including the Shell sign in Cambridge and the now-vanished Gulf sign in Kenmore Square), the records shed light on local history and politics as well as national social trends. A prominent Irish Catholic Boston family, the Donnellys knew the Kennedys - the collection includes a photo of Edward C. Donnelly Jr., at the beach with Jack and Joe at the Donnelly's summer place in Cohasset - and Edward C. Donnelly Jr. was a staff member for former Boston mayor James Michael Curley, whose daughter Edward later married. Their wide range of acquaintances, charitable activities, and political interests are recorded in the collection's many scrapbooks, which also detail the fascinating history of advertising.