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The Alembic

The Alembic

The Alembic is the official literary journal of Providence College. Founded in 1920, it was the College’s first publication and has gone through many changes since its original run. Earlier issues served not only as a platform for student literary expression, but also as a yearbook and news service. Inclusions in the journal have received national attention through various literary review committees and organizations.

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP)

ASTP 1943-1944

The national Army Specialized Training Program served as a way to educate young, academically talented, soldiers (ages 18-21) for leadership roles within the Army during World War II. Providence College’s Army Specialized Training Program began in July 1943 and lasted through April 1944. PC’s ASTP collection includes video, photographs, correspondence, newspaper coverage, archival materials, and more.

The Assisi Institute Journal

Assisi Institute Journal

The Assisi Institute Journal provides a forum for interdisciplinary investigation into the presence and working of psyche in matter, and the influence of archetypal patterns and dynamics in the personal and collective domains of culture and life. Accordingly, the Journal seeks to advance analysis of the “psychic fields of experience” present in clinical and therapeutic settings, organizations (government, business, leadership, scientific, and cultural), artistic, spiritual, and religious practices, and the natural and/or built environment. Of particular importance is the contribution toward a more profound understanding of archetypal patterns as they influence both the proliferation of violence in the world and the establishment of justice and peace in human relations in both local and international communities.

The Cowl

The Cowl

Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, has been in publication since 1935, with the exception of two years in the 1940’s during World War II. Issues from the paper’s inaugural year of 1935-1936 were digitized first, followed by issues from the late 1960’s. Digitization of The Cowl will continue until all issues have been processed and made available through Digital Commons.

Digital Publishing @ PC

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This blog provides information and updates about developments in digital publishing and scholarly communication with special attention to scholarship created by the Providence College community.

The Dorr Rebellion

Thomas Wilson Dorr

In collaboration with local scholars, Digital Publishing Services (DPS) created a short documentary film about the Dorr Rebellion, an attempt by Thomas Wilson Dorr to bring voting rights to all men of Rhode Island in 1842. DPS created a web site to host the documentary and provide access to images of a variety of primary sources related to the Rebellion.



EnCompass is an online textbook produced by Digital Publishing Services in collaboration with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The goal of EnCompass is to provide free access to primary and secondary source content that allows teachers to easily connect Rhode Island examples to broader national themes and trends. The textbook is aligned with current GSEs for Social Studies in RI, and is targeted toward Grades K-12.

Faculty Authors Series

Faculty Author Series

The Providence College Faculty Authors Series promotes the breadth and depth of scholarship undertaken by recently published Providence College faculty members through video interviews coordinated by faculty and staff members from the Office of Academic Affairs and the Phillips Memorial Library+Commons.

Father Doyle Collection

Father Doyle

Edward P. Doyle, O.P., 1907-1997, a member of the Providence College faculty from 1941-1954. During a leave of absence for military service Father Doyle served as a World War II U.S. Army Chaplain. As a member of the 104th Infantry Division, Father Doyle was present at the liberation of the concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany.

The collection is made up of photographs, text documents, and a single audio file. The most notable photographs in the collection depict the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany. These photographs are unsettling and caution is advised to viewers. Other photographs in the collections show images of Father Doyle throughout his life. The text documents in the collection are from Father Doyle’s personal papers and include obituaries, correspondence, clippings, and Providence College-related archival documents.

John E. Fogarty Collection

John E. Fogarty Collection

Rhode Island Congressman John E. Fogarty (1913-1967) rose from a humble bricklayer in the 1930’s to become the leading congressional advocate for public health research and policy under the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations during the 1950s and 1960s. Congressman Fogarty promoted the expansion of the National Institutes of Health, and sponsored legislation funding programs for handicapped Americans and older citizens, as well as for libraries and the arts and humanities. He became known as “Mr. Public Health” for his dedication to federal support for medical research and a broad range of health programs.

The exhibit complements the recent completion of a collaborative project, The John E. Fogarty Papers, between Providence College and the National Library of Medicine, highlighting the achievements of Congressman Fogarty in the arena of public health.

Historic Friars Basketball Film Clips

Historic Friars Basketball Film Clips

When Coach Joe Mullaney came to Providence College in 1955, the school’s basketball team had been in a slump for several years.  However, under Coaches Mullaney (1955-1969) and Dave Gavitt (1969-1979), the team was propelled to national prominence with their annual NIT victories.  And for the next twenty years the Friars were considered to be “the” New England powerhouse and one of the top basketball teams in the country.

Under Mullaney the Friars compiled a 271-94 record that included nine consecutive 20-win seasons, two NIT championships, and a NCAA Elite Eight appearance. Coach Gavitt racked up a 209-84 record for the Friars that included eight straight 20-win seasons and an NCAA Final Four team.

Relive the Friars excitement of those years when Providence College dominated the court with these video clips of select games.  As many of the clips have the actual radio calls, enable your speakers to hear them. Clips will be added to the collection on a regular basis so check back often to see what’s new.

Chuck Borkoski, Class of 1971, remembers when the Providence College Basketball Team dribbled from Providence, RI, to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the 1971 NIT championship playoffs.


Inti 83-84

Inti: Revista de literatura hispánica was founded by Roger B. Carmosino (Foreign Language Studies Department) in November 1974 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA. Since then, and without interruption, Inti has been publishing the results of academic research in all areas of Latin American and Spanish Peninsular letters. It has also been a vehicle for creative writing from the Hispanic world.

The online edition of Inti (Inti Archive) through Digital Commons, Providence College, provides back issues of the journal in a freely available edition. Beginning with the very first issue, back issues of Inti are being digitized and added on a regular basis (issues 1-81 to date). An additional complementary website, Inti Web, has been developed as a promotion and marketing tool for current (subscription-based) issues with content highlights and contributor spotlights, including multimedia.

Frank Lanning Cartoon Collection

Frank Lanning Cartoon Collection

Frank B. Lanning Jr. (1906-1987) is best known for his long career (1937-1982) as a sports cartoonist for the Providence Journal Company newspapers. The primary focus of his thousands of newspaper drawings and freelance illustrations was Rhode Island athletic teams and personalities.

This online collection consists of the approximately seventy (70) prints that Mr. Lanning presented to members of the P.C. community over the years.

The Golden Age of Postcards

Breakers Newport Postcard

The postcards in this collection were created and collected during what has been called the “Golden Age of Postcards.” Several Acts of Congress during the early part of the twentieth century promoted the manufacture of and economical use of postcards.

This led to an explosion of postcard collecting as a popular hobby for many while a thriving postcard industry expanded under the new legislation. While millions of postcards depicting countless topics and scenic views were printed during this era, this collection focuses on those topics and scenes relating just to Rhode Island.

John O. Pastore Photograph Album

John O. Pastore Photograph Album

In 1976, after a distinguished career of 42 years in politics, at the state and national level, Rhode Island Senator John O. Pastore retired from politics and donated his political papers to Providence College. Included among his papers was a photograph album of late 19th and early 20th century images.

These images depict scenes of Rhode Island life and in particular buildings and street scenes of the City of Providence. Many of the locations and buildings depicted in these images are now unrecognizable as the growing urbanization of the past century has changed the physical landscape of Rhode Island. Buildings have been torn down, roads and streets have been relocated, and of course Providence’s famed “Cove” has long been filled in. These few images, however, will provide the viewer with a nostalgic look of the “good ole days” of Rhode Island’s past.

The Presidents of Providence College

The Presidents of Providence College

The Presidents of Providence College collection is an online database featuring images and biographical information on each of the first eleven presidents of the college.

The Prose Poem

The Prose Poem: An International Journal began publication in 1992 as an anthology of prose poetry from around the world. Edited by Peter Johnson, Professor of English at Providence College, Providence, RI, nine volumes of The Prose Poem were published over the next decade. A collected volume, The Best of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, was published in 2000 by Providence College and White Pine Press. The Prose Poem ceased publication in 2000.

Providence College 1944 Veritas

Providence College 1944 Veritas

During World War II, in a patriotic spirit to contribute to the war effort, the class of 1944 choose to hand produce their Veritas in scrapbook form. The resulting effort was a unique artifact that contributed to the war effort by not using valuable strategic materials, yet preserved the memories of the graduating class.

Providence College Basketball, 1921-1941

Providence College Basketball, 1921-1941

Providence College started its basketball legacy on the very first day classes began in September of 1919 with an impromptu game.  However, it wasn’t until the college’s first varsity team began competition in the 1926-1927 season, led by Coach Archie Golembeski, that the legacy began in earnest for the College.

View team and player portraits, and season schedules from 1925 to 1940.  Many players were 3-sport athletes and some never had there photograph taken in uniform, but all are remembered here through our  All-Time Player Roster by Richard Coren.

Providence College Football, 1921-1941

Providence College Football Film Clips, 1936-1937

Providence College’s entry into football at the collegiate level began in 1921 and lasted until America’s entry into World War II in December of 1941. During those years many great Providence College athletes, such as Hank Soar ’37’, Mal Brown ’33’, Dexter Davis ’34’, and Heck Allen ’29’, graced not just the academic halls of Providence College, but also the gridiron fields of the college’s many rivals. The exhibit offers teams portraits, game play action shots, programs and score cards, along with rare film footage from the 1930’s.

The following films, which are the only known copies of Providence College football in existence, offer a unique glimpse of how the game was played at the collegiate level before World War II. Each of the films, which are silent, is between 8 and 14 minutes in length with many of the team members identifiable from their jersey numbers. Relive the days of football glory for Providence College through the only surviving film footage from the 1930’s.

Providence College Summer School of Sacred Theology

Providence College Summer School of Sacred Theology

The Providence College Summer School of Sacred Theology, while formally instituted in 1948, was a natural outgrowth of the scholastic educational movement within the Catholic Community begun in the mid-19th century.  Scholastic methodology and thought largely came about in response to ‘modernism’, which rejects the idea of a compassionate, all-powerful Creator — ideology contrary to Christian doctrine.  And by the early twentieth century neo-Thomism became official Catholic doctrine and the Church’s spiritual sword with which to oppose ‘modernism’.

Since those early days Providence College has always been in the forefront of providing religious education for the sisters of the Catholic Church.  Featuring photographs, brochures, news clippings, bulletins, and more, the exhibit highlights the historical story of advanced theological studies for religious women at Providence College.

Providence College War Memorial Grotto

Providence College War Memorial Grotto

Ever wonder what the stone Grotto in front of St. Dominic Chapel is all about? Completed in 1948, the War Memorial Grotto of Our Lady of the Rosary was constructed to honor those Providence College students who made the ultimate sacrifice to free the world of tyranny during the Second World War.

However, in the late 1990s, the decision was made by the College to build St. Dominic Chapel on the site to better serve the needs of the growing College community into the 21st century. A one-third scale of the Grotto façade was added to the entrance courtyard of the new Chapel as a reminder of the sacrifice made by every Providence College student who served during World War II.

This new online display by Special and Archival Collections chronicles the history and building of the Grotto, and gives faces to the student names listed on the Honor Roll panels of the Grotto. Visit the new online display by Special Collections to learn more about this little known piece of Providence College history.

Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book Collection

Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book Collection

The Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book Collection contains, among its approximately one hundred titles, works of some of the more well-known as well as lesser known 19th century naturalists and nature illustrators.

From a signed limited edition of Tory Peterson’s Audubon’s Birds of America to John Lettsom’s The Naturalists and Traveler’s Companion (1799) and from Bewick’s 1804 edition of History of British Birds to a set of select turn of the 20th century Biggle Farm Library books, the collection covers nearly all aspects of nature from the aquatic to flora and fauna.

The selections offered here represent just a small sampling of the works containing richly illustrated examples of the book’s particular topic within the collection.



The Rosarium Project will collect, highlight, digitally curate and bring to the Web historical primary sources about the genus Rosa. The project focuses on non-fiction materials written about the rose in English from the sixteenth century up to 1923. These resources will include books, pamphlets, ephemera, and articles from popular magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers. The digital texts—with their accompanying images, a rose glossary and a bibliography—will be fully searchable. Researchers will be able to browse the books and articles or search through them by keyword, author, title, subject, and other facets. Users will have freely available online access to historical documents about roses.

Senior Theses

Senior Theses

In collaboration with the Art Department, the English Department, the Global Studies Department, and the Social Work Department, DPS publishes the work of Providence College student-scholars through Digital Commons. Other departments are welcome and encouraged to participate. Contact DPS for further information.

Sociology Between the Gaps (SBG Journal)

Sociology Between the Gaps

Sociology between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics (SBG) is a new, innovative, peer-reviewed, open-access, cross-disciplinary, independent online journal published in English. This not-for-profit journal will be published electronically.

Sons of Providence

This multimedia exhibit features the collaborative research of Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi (History) and Dr. Arthur Urbano (Theology) chronicling the story of the Jewish men who attended Providence College from its founding through the era of the Second Vatican Council. Through interviews, student publications, archival materials, and historical context, learn about these alumni and the groundwork for positive interreligious relations between Jews and Christians laid at Providence College at a time when anti-Semitism was high at home and abroad.

Studio Art Majors

Studio Art majors

Providence College seniors display their artwork in the area of their concentration. These areas include Ceramics, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture. Students exhibit their thesis work with artist’s statement and also publish their work in the department’s annual Providence College Art Journal.

John Greenleaf Whittier Collection

John Greenleaf Whitter Collection

The Whittier collection includes personal correspondence, newspapers, souvenir programs, cabinet cards, sheet music, autographs, and more. The project homepage brings together digital reproductions of select collection material and provides links to information about other Whittier collections. An ongoing video interview series with Bruce Graver, Professor of English at Providence College, places the Whittier collection in context of the 19th century abolitionist movement, and traces the transition of publishing techniques spearheaded by the 19th century publishing house of Ticknor and Fields, Co., who was well known for publishing the writings of 19th century poets such as Whittier, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, as well as many other poets of the day.