Cathedral College Collection

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The finding aid for the newly-processed Cathedral College Collection is available here.  The collection is an exciting addition to the Archives collections.

Cathedral College was an important part of the seminary formation program in the Archdiocese of New York for a number of years.  The College opened in September 1903, and was originally located on Madison Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets.  Future archbishop of New York Patrick Hayes was the first president of the school.  The school operated as a 6-year seminary formation program, with many graduates going on to attend St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, and eventually be ordained as priests for the archdiocese.

Cathedral College

The first home of Cathedral College, on Madison Avenue. The building was later torn down and replaced with offices.

In September of 1942, the school moved to a new location on West 87th Street and West End Avenue.  There was an residence for the priests who served on the faculty not too far away.  In 1968, the college merged with the Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston, Queens as a 4-year formation program, and Cathedral Preparatory Seminary became a stand-alone 4-year high school.  In 1989, Cathedral College at Douglaston closed, and in 1998, the Prep was converted from a four-year high school to a weekend formation program, which still exists today.

One of the highlights of the Cathedral College Collection is the series of graduation photographs, spanning the years 1908 to 1968, missing only 1919, 1939, and 1943 (if you have any of those years, we would love to hear from you!).  Also included in the collection are a number of publications released by the school, including a series of yearbooks as well as copies of The Chimes and The Cathedralite, two school publications.

If you have any questions about the collection, please visit the finding aid or contact the archives.


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