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Library Exhibits

Providence College Phillips Memorial Library is pleased to present for the Fall 2018 semester new library exhibits drawn from the

College’s Special and Archival Collections held by the Phillips Memorial Library.


In Honor of the Reverend Jon Stuart McPhail, O.P.

who dedicated 35 years of service to the College, many of which were mentoring those many students who have walked the hallways of this storied institution.  Everyone on campus knows of McPhail’s Bar in Slavin Center, but did you know it was named after Fr. McPhail?  Come learn why the student body voted to name their favorite gathering place after him and why Fr. McPhail is so beloved around campus.  Providence College is blessed to have this special Dominican influence the lives of so many students who have been fortunate to meet him.   Please join us as we celebrate this noted Providence College mentor who received numerous accolades for his dedication to the PC community.


Featured manuscript exhibits presents materials from the

Louis F. Budenz Papers and the Alice LaFond Altieri Papers.

Louis Francis Budenz (1891-1972) was a writer, labor activist, Communist supporter, and later anti-Communist advocate. His collection consists of correspondence and an array of publications and ephemeral, such as flyers and news clippings that he collected for almost 40 years on Communism in the United States and abroad. Most notably was his involvement in the 1950 hearings before the Subcommittee on the Investigation of Loyalty of State Department Employees, better known as the Tydings Committee. These hearings were led by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy from his claim that there were a number of Communists employed within the State Department. Beginning in 1956, Louis F. Budenz came to Providence College as Professor of Economics.

Alice LaFond Altieri (1894-1976) was one of the first women elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. She served in the legislature during the 1935 “Bloodless Revolution,” a period of colorful political characters and dramatic reorganization of State government. Her collection consists of political and personal correspondence, scrapbooks and clippings, speeches, reports and memorabilia, which reflect Altieri’s participation in State and local politics and in numerous civic and charitable organizations.

Come celebrate the new academic year with us by stopping by the Library to learn more about these notable individuals and our very own Special Collections!

All Library exhibits are free and open to the public during normal hours. If you are a person with a disability and require an assistive device, service, or other accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Central Reservations Coordinator (401-865-2070; M-F 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.) well in advance of your visit.