Collection Title: University Records
Series Title: Third President Sister Elvira Bredel
Collection Number: 10
Series Number: 121
Extent: 1 manuscript box, 0.5 linear feet
Abstract: The Third President Sister Elvira Bredel Collection contains material related to the tenure of the third president of the University of St. Francis, Sister Elvira Bredel (1953-1962). It contains correspondence, photographs, reports, and materials related to conferences and meetings attended by the President.
History: Before Sister Elvira Bredel became President of the College of St. Francis in 1953, she was on the committee board that organized Student Government and drew up the first Student Government handbook. When she became president, she organized the Lay Advisory Board and the President’s Council.
During her presidency, CSF gained membership in the Associated Colleges of Illinois and established a graduate program in theology. She oversaw the first remodeling of Tower Hall in 1955 to accommodate the college’s growing student population. Additional student dorms were added in Tower Hall, the chemistry department was moved to St. Albert Hall, and the science lecture hall was created in St. Albert’s to accommodate the growth of the science department.
Physical Location: LG12- Section 3 - Shelf 3
Processor: Linnea Knapp, Archives Librarian
Restrictions on use and reproduction: All rights held by the University of St. Francis. For permission to reproduce, distribute or otherwise use materials, please contact Archives Staff.
Restrictions on access: None
Provenance/ Source of Acquisition: President's Office
Types of material: The Third President Sister Elvira Bredel collection consists of Caritas material, College of St. Francis reports, correspondences between the president and the Diocese of Joliet, Right Reverend Romeo Blanchette, and Right Reverend Monsignor Edwin V. Hoover, meeting minutes and Joliet Diocese material.