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Books & More: Resources for Fairfield University History

Selected Books

For more books and historical documents related to Fairfield University History, visit  Fairfield University History Online.  

 

Chronicles of Fairfield University, 1942-1992.

Six individual pamphlets created as part of the observance of the 50th anniversary of Fairfield University and Fairfield College Preparatory School.

ONLINE:  Chronicles of Fairfield University, 1942-1992.  Books 1 - 6          

PRINT: Stacks Upper Level, Call Number: LD1771.F2C57 BK.1-6

A History of Fairfield University - Turcotte, Robert William. 
This is a thesis submitted in 1975 by Robert William Turcotte as part of his masters degree for Trinity College, Hartford, CT. It covers the history of Fairfield University from its founding in 1942 through the installation of its sixth president, Rev. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., in 1973.

ONLINE: A History of Fairfield University

PRINT: Stacks Upper Level, Call Number: LD1771.F2T87

Fairfield University: the Emergence of a Modern Catholic Institution - Preville, Joseph Richard. 
This is a dissertation submitted in 1985 by Joseph Richard Preville as part of his doctoral degree for Boston College. It covers the history of Fairfield University from 1942 through 1983.

ONLINE: Fairfield University: the Emergence of a Modern Catholic Institution

PRINT: Stacks Upper Level, Call Number: LD1771.F2 P74

If These Stones Could Speak: the Phenomenal Growth of Fairfield University's Campus - MacDonnell, Joseph. 
This book by Rev. Joseph F. MacDonnell, S.J. provides a concise rendering of the founding of Fairfield University and provides history and facts about each of the twenty-four buildings that made up the University campus as of 1996.

ONLINE: If These Stones Could Speak: the Phenomenal Growth of Fairfield University's Campus

PRINT: Stacks Upper Level, Call Number: LD1771.F2 M23

Why are the Fairfield University Buildings Named After Dead Jesuits? - MacDonnell, Joseph. 
This book by Rev. Joseph F. MacDonnell, S.J. provides biographical information and explains the significant contributions of approximately thirty Jesuit fathers, many of whom have Fairfield University buildings named in their honor.

ONLINE: Why are the Fairfield University Buildings Named After Dead Jesuits?

PRINT: Stacks Upper Level, Call Number: LD1771.F2M24

 

Selected Journals

Below is a selected list of journals published by Fairfield University since its founding in 1942.

Bellarmine Quarterly / Bellarmine Letters (1942-1964)

Student journal which includes essays, poems, stories, photos and illustrations.  Issues of the Bellarmine Quarterly from 1942 through 1951 are available online in the Fairfield University Digital Archives.  Print copies of all issues are retained in the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. 

Fairfield... a University in Motion (1967-1979)

Magazine for Fairfield University students, staff, faculty and alumni.  Also called Fairfield: University in Motion.  Print copies are retained in the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. 

Fairfield Now / Fairfield University Magazine (1978-present)

Current issues of the University's alumni magazine and back issues from 1998 onward are available on the University webiste by clicking here.   Print copies of all available issues are retained in the library periodicals section as well as the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections.

Frontiers / New Frontiers (1955-1973)

Literary journal for Fairfield University.  Print copies are retained in the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections.

Groundstar (1974-1981)

Literary journal for Fairfield University.  Print copies are retained in the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections.

Sound (1989-2003)

Literary journal for Fairfield University.  Print copies are retained in the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections.

Dogwood: a Journal of Poetry and Prose (2001-present)

Dogwood: a Journal of Poetry and Prose is an annual publication sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department at Fairfield University.  It is published once a year in print form, but current content, subscription rates, submission policies and back issues are also available on their website.  Print copies of all available issues are retained in the library periodicals section as well as in the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections.

Mason's Road (2010-present)

Mason’s Road is an online literary magazine sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing and run by the graduate students of the program. They publish fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, visual art, craft essays, writing exercises, and audio works.  Issues are published twice a year, in July and December.

Student Newspapers

The Mirror (1977-present)

The Fairfield Mirror (or the Mirror) is the official student newspaper of Fairfield University, running from September 22, 1977 to the present.  It typically publishes weekly on Wednesday during the academic year with additional issues during commencement and June orientation.  Print copies of the current issue of the Mirror are often distributed weekly to designated locations on campus, including the Campus Center, the Library, and the Kelley Center.

To access the website as well as articles from the current issue of the Mirror, please visit The Mirror Online.  Back issues of the Mirror from 1977 through 2003 are available on microfiche at the library; please see the Library Classic Catalog for more information.

The University Voice (1970-1977)

The University Voice was the official (some would say more conservative) student newspaper that ran from October 1, 1970 through May 11, 1977.  The University Voice is available on microfiche at the library; please see the Library Classic Catalog for more information.

The Fairfield Free Press and Review (1970-1975)

Reported to be the more radical of the two student newspapers published at the time (the University Voice being the other) which ran from September 10, 1970 through April 24, 1975. The Fairfield Free Press and Review is available on microfiche at the library; please see the Library Classic Catalog for more information.

The Stag (1949-1970)

The official student newspaper for Fairfield University during the University's formative years, the Stag ran from September 23, 1949 through May 6, 1970.  The Stag is available online as part of the Library's digital collection the Fairfield University History Online.  It is also available on microfiche at the library; please see the Library Classic Catalog for more information.

The Fulcrum (1948-1949)

The Fulcrum ran from January 9, 1948 through May 20, 1949.  The Fulcrum is available online as part of the Library's digital collection the Fairfield University History Online.  It is also available on microfiche at the library; please see the Library Classic Catalog for more information.

The Tentative (1947)

The first Fairfield University student newspaper, the Tentative was a mimeographed publication that ran from November 7, 1947 through December 19, 1947.  The Tentative is available online as part of the Library's digital collection the Fairfield University History Online.  It is also available on microfiche at the library; please see the Library Classic Catalog for more information.

News@Fairfield and Campus Currents

is now the official source for University news and announcements as of 2013.  News@Fairfield updates come out via email every Thursday during the academic semester.

Campus Currents was "the official news publication of Fairfield University" from 1993 through 2012.  Back issues are available in print in the University Archives (for more information, please contact the Archivist). 

DVDs and Videos

DVDs and Videotapes about the history of Fairfield University or related topics can be found by going to All Search.   (Type in your search term: then under Content Type in the left column, click on "More" and the check off DVD or Videorecording.)    

The archives also houses a selection of taped lectures and events that took place here at the university. To see what lectures are available, search by name (for example: Joan Didion) or else try "fairfield university and quick center." 

To search for any Fairfield University event, type in "fairfield university" plus a keyword - for example, "fairfield university and earth day." 

Two examples of Fairfield-related material are the following:

  • Fairfield University Commencements 
    Call Number: LD1771.F2 C653; LD1771.F2F25; LD1771.F2N5
    Videos and DVDs of the graduation procession, mass, and keynote addresses from 1983 - present.
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  • Fifty Years of Excellence: a History of Fairfield College Preparatory School - Szablewicz, John W. 
    Call Number: LD7501.F25S82
    Video made in conjunction with the observance of the 50th anniversary of Fairfield University and Fairfield College Preparatory School.