St. John’s University Sports Scrapbook Collection, 1907-1966

This collection of 48 scrapbooks contains newspaper clippings, as well as some photographs and memorabilia, of various St. John’s University and St. John’s Prep athletic teams and events, primarily basketball and baseball.

Due to their fragile condition, these scrapbooks must be viewed on microfilm.

Reel #1 1923-1932
St. John’s College 1923-1926
St. John’s College 1926-1932
Reel #2 1932-1937
St. John’s College 1932-1933
St. John’s College 1936-1937
Reel #3 1940-1943
St. John’s College 1940-1941 (spine reads 1939)
St. John’s College 1942-1943 (spine reads 1942)
Reel #4 1907-1939, 1966
Theo Jollon, Baseball & Basketball:
     -Basketball 1907-08, 1908-09, 1909-10, 1910-11, 1911-12
     -Baseball 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912
St. John’s Prep & St. John’s College 1910-c.1916 (includes photographs)
St. John’s College Baseball, Arthur B. Carton, Manager 1923
St. John’s University Baseball 1949
St. John’s University, Baseball-College World Series 1966
St. John’s College, Basketball 1931-1932
St. John’s College, Basketball 1932-1933
St. John’s University, Basketball 1933-1934
St. John’s University, Basketball 1934-1935
St. John’s University, Basketball 1935-1936
St. John’s University, Basketball 1936-1937
St. John’s University, Basketball 1937-1938
St. John’s University, Basketball 1938-1939
St. John’s University, Basketball 1940-1941
Reel #5 1940-1945
St. John’s University, Basketball 1940-1941
St. John’s University, Basketball 1939-1940
St. John’s University, Basketball 1941-1942
St. John’s University, Basketball 1942-1943
St. John’s University, Basketball 1943-1944 #1
St. John’s University, Basketball 1943-1944 #2
St. John’s University, Basketball 1944-1945 #1
St. John’s University, Basketball 1944-1945 #2
Reel #6 1945-1965
St. John’s University, Basketball 1945-1946
St. John’s University, Basketball 1946-1947
St. John’s University, Basketball c.1947
St. John’s University, Basketball 1947-1949
St. John’s University, Basketball 1949-1950 #1
St. John’s University, Basketball 1949-1950 #2
St. John’s University, Basketball 1950-1951
St. John’s University, Basketball 1957-1958
St. John’s University, Athletics 1964-1965
Reel #7 1908-1916, 1923-1972
St. John’s University, Athletics 1964-1965 (continued from Reel #6)
St. John’s College, Sports Memorabilia 1908-1916
St. John’s University, Sports Memorabilia 1936-1937
St. John’s Prep, Athletic Association I 1923-1932
St. John’s Prep, Athletic Association II 1932-1937
St. John’s Prep, Athletic Association III 1937-1941
St. John’s Prep 1941-1948
St. John’s Prep 1948-1952
St. John’s Prep 1952-1959
St. John’s Prep, Basketball 1949-1950
St. John’s Prep (Finis) 1959-1972


Westminster Cathedral Scrapbooks, 1899-1934

A set of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings about Westminster Cathedral, its clergy, music, liturgies, lectures, special events, political cartoons, and pictures. Some loose clippings remain the back of volume 4.  Each volume is indexed. Title on each book: “Newspaper Cuttings.” Volume 3 was never present in the collection.

Some of the periodicals represented are: Catholic Times, Tablet, Pall Mall Gazette, The Outlook, London Evening News, Daily Chronicle, Catholic Herald, Daily Mirror, Punch, and the Morning Post.

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Vincent Bavetta Collection, circa 1909-1940s

Vincenzo (Vincent) Bavetta, Jr. was born on Feb. 27, 1879 in Agrigento, Sicily. One of four children, he moved to America with his family in 1889 and later became a naturalized citizen in 1894. Between October 1900 and January 1901 Bavetta studied composition with noted composer Edward MacDowell at Columbia University in New York City. Around 1905, Vincent and his two brothers Vito and Anthony became involved in the Brooklyn Marine Band for which Vincent wrote the band’s arrangements and original music. Later, the Bavetta brothers formed their own professional band named, “V[ito]. Bavetta’s Concert Band”. The bands played regularly at Dreamland at Coney Island, Luna Park in Brooklyn, and the Hotel Riccadonna at Brighton Beach. In 1927, Vincent began working at St. John’s University, reviving the college’s long-dormant orchestra. By 1930, the orchestra grew from an extracurricular activity to a fully accredited course. He continued to teach at St. John’s until 1932. In the late 1950’s, Vincent and his wife moved from Brooklyn to Wantagh, Long Island where he died in 1965.

Vincent Bavetta’s unfinished five-part opera centers on the story of Pygmalion (King of Cyprus) who cannot find love because he has studied women and finds them vain and loquacious. His only joy in life is the statue that he created, wishing her warm and alive. The statue speaks, telling him not to blaspheme for fear of punishment by the gods. Pygmalion asks the statue to speak again, saying he doesn’t care about the gods’ punishment. Bavetta likely worked on this piece after his time at St. John’s, possibly in the late 1930s-1940s.  Also included are several photographs of the Brooklyn Marine Band at Coney Island in 1910, when Vincent Bavetta was the conductor.

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Bavetta Marine Band, Brooklyn

Records of St. John the Baptist Church, Brooklyn, 1873-1989

In 1865, the Right Reverend John Loughlin, the first bishop of Brooklyn, invited the Order of the Mission of St. Vincent de Paul (the Vincentians) to found a Catholic institution of learning in Brooklyn. Led by the Reverend Edward M. Smith, C.M., a small community of Vincentians purchased a large plot of land for the college, on which was a small house for the brothers. The name originally chosen for the college in 1868 was Mary, Queen of the Isles, but by 1869 was
changed to St. John the Baptist, Bishop Loughlin’s patron. The college grounds would include a parish church, also run by the Congregation of the Mission. The cornerstone of a wooden-framed church was laid in 1869. This wooden church was soon rendered inadequately small by the growth of the parish, and in 1888 the cornerstone to a new church was laid. This new church, designed by the famed architect Patrick C. Keely, was based on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
It took six years to build the stone structure, which was finally dedicated in 1894. When St. John’s College (later, St. John’s University) moved to Queens in the late 1950’s, the direct affiliation was ended. However, it continues to serve as an active parish and as the main church of the Vincentian community that was founded in 1868.

This collection contains various programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other documents relating to St. John the Baptist Church and the Vincentian community in Brooklyn. Of note are the detailed Sunday Announcement books dating from 1873 to 1936 which list upcoming masses, meetings and events of various parish groups including the college,
parochial school, and Sunday school classes; as well as marriage banns and prayer requests for ill and deceased members of the parish.

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Digital Collection

St. John the Baptist Church 1894 program

William Vaudrey Papers, 1829-1872

This collection documents William Vaudrey’s voyages around the world. It includes his diaries and their transcriptions by an unknown hand. The diaries are written in very small, nearly illegible script, and sometimes in faint pencil. Some are illustrated with small architectural drawings, which are also reproduced in the transcriptions. The diaries seem to have been prepared for publication, however no trace of publication was found (as of 2018). The transcriptions may have been written soon after the original diaries, indicated by the neat, formal cursive which uses the “long s” or “descending s” which was still sometimes used in handwriting the late 19th century. Vaudrey’s diaries give a description of the countries he visited, and relay the difficulties of the journey in the middle of the nineteenth century, as well as provide some anthropological approaches to the populations encountered. The collection also includes travel documents such as passports, as well as correspondence with relatives and travel companions.

Little is known about William Vaudrey Esq., except by his own papers. He was an English subject born in Lancashire. It appears that he traveled for pleasure. According to his French passport, he was 25 years old in 1838.

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William Vaudrey travel diary image

F.H. Madison United States Naval Academy Plebe Exam Notebook 1894-1895

This notebook contains copies of exams given F. H. Madison, a plebe (Class of 1898) at the United States Naval Academy, in mathematics, algebra, geometry, French, English and history from 1894 to 1895. Together with his grades in these subjects are the names of instructors and marks for efficiency and conduct. Mounted in the notebook are numerous pictures of ships of the American, French, English and Italian navies. Some of the vessels illustrated were built by the William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Company.

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F.H. Madison Navy Plebe Book image

Samuel Bayless Journal, 1859-1864

This is the second volume of the diary of Samuel Bayless (1827-1917) from Kirkwood (Conklin), four miles East of Binghamton, New York. There are near daily entries from September 1, 1859 to May 31, 1864 spanning 432 numbered pages, with seven additional pages at the end of the volume with notes and drawings. There is a typed transcription (complete until the entry on August 3, 1861, page 186) by an unknown person, which contains numerous errors. The journal describes his family, the farm, the weather, politics, and local historical events.

According to his diary, on September 1, 1859, his parents were living; he was married to Matilda Langdon whose parents were both living, and he had one daughter, Ida, born December 12, 1858. On July 27, 1860, his wife Matilda died after giving birth to a baby girl. The baby, Matilda, died on August 24, 1860.

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Jollon Family Papers, 1898-1955

This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other documents related to the Jollon family, of which several members attended St. John’s University. The majority of the papers relate to Alfred J. Jollon, who graduated from St. John’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1905 and a Master of Arts in 1908. He served on the St. John’s College Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees, and was awarded an Honorary Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. John’s College in 1929.

In addition, there are various documents that illustrate the university’s history, including correspondence regarding a patent filed and received by Dr. Rev. Edward J. Carey, C.M. of St. John’s College for a type of athletic hurdle equipment (filed October 21, 1922, issued April 14, 1925).

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St. John’s University Student Organizations Collection

The Student Organization Collection consists of one or more folders for each organization. If you have material to contribute about your student organization, please contact the University Archives. Types of materials collected include:

Posters Newsletters
Photographs Founding documents
Scrapbooks Meeting minutes
Video and Audio Correspondence
Memorabilia Reports

Series 1 – General
Series 2 – Honor Societies
Series 3 – Greek Societies

Student Organizations – General
Academic and Leadership Peer Help Assistance (ALPHA)
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
Accounting Society
Actuarial Club
AD Club
African Students Association
Albanian American Cultural Club
Amateur Radio Club
American Chemical Society
American Pharmaceutical Association
American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
APICS – Educational Society for Resource Management
Arab Students United (ASU)
Arabic Club
Asian Students Association
Association for Computing Machinery
Association of Latino Professionals for America
Autor de la Francophonie (see also: French Club)
Avaaz (Sikh Student Organization)
Biology Students Organization
Black Student Union
Business Administration Society
Caribbean Students Association
Category (Ad Agency)
Catholic Intercollegiate Women’s Glee Club (CINWGCA)
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Catholic Student Community
CAUSE (Community and University Services in Education)
Chamber Music Society
Chappell Players
Cheer Team
Chinese Christian Fellowship
Chinese Cultural Association
Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA)
Chinese Students Association
Christian Fellowship
Circle K
Circolo Italiano
CLACS (Committee on Latin American and Carribean Students)
Classical Studies Association
College Democrats
College of Pyschiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (CPNP)
Commuter Connection Committee
Crew Club
Criminal Justice Association
Crusade Society / Crusaders
Cyber (Cyber Security Club)
Debate Society
Delta Rho (Non-Traditional Student Society)
Disney Club
Drama: Dramatic and Military Entertainments
Drama: Genesian Guild – Teachers College
Drama: St. John’s College Dramatic Society
Drama: The Stagers – University College
Drug Information Association
Earth Club
Earth Club Eco Fair
Economics and Finance Society
EDEN (Religious and Artistic)
Education Society
Feminists Unite
Filipino Society
Food for Thought (Poetry Club)
French Club (see also: Autor de la Francophonie)
Gaelic Society
Glamour Gals
Glee Club
Global Goals
Guyanese Student Association
Habitat for Humanity
Haitian Society
Haraya: Black Students Coalition / Pan African Students Coalition
Hellenic Club
Her Campus (Journalism)
Hindu Students Council
Historical Society
Homeland Security Student Association
Indian Subcontinental Students Org. (ISSO)
Industry Pharmacy Association
Intellectual Society
International Association of Indente Students (Creative Expression, Dialog, Service)
International Students Association
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Irish Society
Italian Cultural Society
Japan Forum
Jazz Band
Jazz Ensemble
Jewish Cultural Society
Jewish Organization of Cultural Students (JOCS)
Jewish Students Association
Kerala Students Organization
Korean Campus Crusade for Christ
Korean Students Association
Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
Legal Society
Live Dance Crew
Management Society
Marketing Club
Math Club
Minstrel Society
Minute Men
Mixed Chorus
Music Club
Muslim Students Association
National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Black Accountants
New Vision Art Society (NEVAS)
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) Hispanic Heritage Month
Organizations Committee
Otaku Brigade (Anime, Sci-Fi, Comics, Gaming)
Pep Band
Phillipine Americans Reaching Everyone (PARE)
Philosophy Club
Polish Culutre Club
Pre-Dental Club
Project Sunshine
PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)
Psychology Club
RAAZ (South Asian Dance)
Red House (Fashion)
Rho Chi Post (Pharmacy Newsletter)
RISE Network (Black and Latino Freshman)
Senior Committee
Sensacion Dance Team
Shruti (South Asian Acapella Team)
Sinai’s Radiant Liturgial Dance Ministry
SJU Views
Social Justice Book Club
Social Justice Exchange
Society for Visual Arts
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Sociology Club
Sodality of the Immaculate Conception
Speakers Association / Speakers Club
Spech and Hearing Association
Spectrum (LGBT)
Sports Management Club
St. John’s Committee for Peace
St. Vincent DePaul Society
St. Vincent’s College: Evening & Weekend Student Association
Startup Society
Step Ya Game Up (Step Dance Team)
Student Art League
Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP)
Student Leadership Program
Student P.O.W. Action Committee
Student Psychological Association
Student Society of Pediatric Pharmacy
Student Veterans Association
Students for Life
Tau Omega Chi (Toxicology Club)
Ukrainian Club
United Nations Association of the USA at SJU (UNA-USA)
Vietnamese Cultural Organization
Vietnamese Student Association
Vincentian Service Corps
Voices of Victory
We Are One 365 (Veterans/Military)
Women on Wall Street
WRED (Television Club)
WSJU (Radio Station – St. Vincent’s College)
Yearbook Committee
Young Republicans

St. John’s University Scrapbook, 1870-1935

This scrapbook contains memorabilia and newspaper clippings related to St. John’s University and to the Catholic community in Brooklyn, including events held at the Lewis Avenue, Brooklyn Campus at St. John’s College Hall, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the St. John’s Seminary, the St. John’s Parochial
School, and events in celebration of John Loughlin, the first Bishop of Brooklyn (1817-1891). There are also programs for various events relating to the centenary celebration of the Miraculous Medal in 1930. A number of St. John’s University presidents, church officials, and other prominent persons related to
early St. John’s history are represented in the scrapbook.

It is inferred that Joseph W. Carroll, a student at St. John’s University from 1870-1874, was the original creator of the scrapbook because of a penmanship sample which matches the remains of correspondence long ago ripped out of the
scrapbook dating to 1870 when he was a student at St. John’s, as well as Carroll’s involvement in the various events for Bishop Loughlin included in this scrapbook.

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St. John's University Scrapbook