Category: Ask the Archivist

History of the Little Building

Little Building, Boston

  The Little Building was constructed at 80 Boylston Street, originally the site of the Pelham Hotel, between 1915 and 1917. It was named after prominent financier and businessman John Mason Little and was designed by celebrated Boston architect Clarence…

What Is Deertrees Theatre?

Students who attended Emerson College in the 1960s may recall a summer program at Deertrees, Emerson’s Center for the Performing Arts. From June to August, students could retreat to the 80-acre site in Harrison, Maine, for a seven- to eight-week…

Was Emerson Started as an All-Women’s College?

No! Although the student body was predominantly female when the College opened, Emerson has always been a co-ed institution. Of the 62 students listed in the 1881 course catalog, at least 10 of these were men. Some students are listed…

Items Uncovered During Theater Renovations

Until Emerson built the Tufte Performance and Production Center, which opened in 2003, all buildings that the College occupied had been purchased and remodeled to suit a college campus. Remodeling buildings has come with some challenges but also some fun…

Early Works of Notable Alumni: Part 2

Are there any early works of notable Emerson alums in the Archives? Here are the remaining notables broken down by discipline: Comedy Bill Dana, Comedian/Actor/Screenwriter Bill Dana attended Emerson College as William Szathmary and graduated in 1950. Starting out as a…

Early Works of Notable Alumni: Part 1

Are there any early works of notable Emerson alums in the Archives? Why yes! We have had many “notable” alumni; some may have been more notable in their own time than in current memory. What we have in the Archives…

The Great Degree Controversy

What was the “great degree controversy?” In the previous post, there was some question as to whether or not Emerson could legally confer a Master of Arts in 1887. That MA, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy given to…

Emerson’s First Graduating Class

How big was Emerson’s first graduating class and in what year did its members graduate? Although a straightforward question, there is no straightforward answer. What we now believe “graduation” to mean is not the same as it was in Charles…

Introducing: Ask the Archivist

“Ask the Archivist” is a new column on the blog. Christina Zamon (Iwasaki Library) will answer your questions about the Archives and its collections. Send your questions to people@emerson.edu. What can I see in the Archives? I often have requests from…