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Newton College of the Sacred Heart

Image of aerial view of Newton College of the Sacred Heart ca. 1970

Aeriel view of Newton College of the Sacred Heart ca. 1970

A Catholic women's college in operation from 1946 through 1975 when it merged with Boston College. BC considers graduates of NCSH as BC alumni.

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Newton College of the Sacred Heart

Newton College of the Sacred Heart was a residential liberal arts college for women, founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart in 1946. With diminishing enrollment leading to financial stress in the 1970s, Newton College was consolidated with its near neighbor, Boston College, in 1975. Its Centre St. campus now houses BC’s first year students and is the location of the Boston College Law School. Boston College recognizes the alumna of Newton College and considers these graduates part of the legacy that is the Boston College Alumni.

Newton College of the Sacred Heart Records

This collection consists of photographs, slides, and albums documenting: activities and student life (such as classroom activities, dorm and resident life, sports teams and events, student outings, and yearly gatherings); campus buildings and their construction; special occasions like balls, commencements, dedications, dinners, honors and awards, the father-daughter weekend, junior weekend, and masses; students, faculty, religious figures like Cardinal Agagianian and Cardinal Cushing; local groups and organizations, visitors; and yearbook photographs. 

Finding aid for Newton College of the Sacred Heart records


Newton College of the Sacred Heart Yearbooks (1952-1975)

The Well, also published under other titles, was the yearbook of Newton College of the Sacred Heart.

Look here for:

  • Arts
  • Building and campus images
  • Campus events
  • Candid photographs of student life
  • Faculty
  • Senior class portraits
  • Student organizations
  • And more!

Available online (1952-1975).
Print volumes available at the Burns Library.

885 (1952-1973)

885 was the student newspaper of Newton College of the Sacred Heart. 

Look here for:

  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • History of BC’s Newton Campus
  • News of students, faculty & administration
  • Student opinion
  • Student organizations
  • And more!

Available online (1952-1973). 
Print issues are available in Burns Library (1952-1973)

Newton College of the Sacred Heart catalog (1947-1974)

The NCHS Bulletin of information is a course catalog. They are comprehensive documents that include academic, administrative, and service-related information for graduate and undergraduate students. Content varies over the years.

Look here for:

  • Alumni lists
  • Course descriptions
  • Degree requirements
  • Faculty & administrators
  • And more!

Print issues available in Burns Library (1947-1974) 
Available online (1947-1969)
Available online (1970-1971)
Available online (1971-1974)

Newton Newsnotes (1968-1975)

Newton College of the Sacred Heart Alumni Newsletter

Look here for:

  • Alumni news
  • Articles on a wide variety of NCSH history topics
  • ‚ÄčImages of a wide variety of NCSH subjects

Print issues are available at Burns Library
Available online (1968-1975)

Image of The Well cover, 1962

The Well, 1962

Image of front page of 885 newspaper, December 1952

885, Volume I, Number 2, December 1952