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4 President's Office: Sister Dorothy Browne Collection

Sister Dorothy Browne Collection

I. Overview

 Title: Sister Dorothy Browne Collection

Date: 1963-1997

Location: 04/11-13

Extent: 3 box (1.5 linear ft.)

Language: English


II. Biographical note

Sister M. Dorothy Browne, OP, PhD (1907-1997)

Born in Chicago and the youngest of nine children, Sister Dorothy attended Chicago Teachers College and the University of Chicago before joining the Dominican order at age 24. After receiving both her master’s and doctorate in education from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., she taught elementary school in Illinois and Michigan. She headed the education department at Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan, before coming to Barry.

Sister Dorothy Browne was assigned to Barry College first in 1942 as professor of education and supervisor for the Adrian Dominican schools throughout Florida. She became Dean of the College in 1946, holding that position until 1957 when she was elected to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She returned to Barry in 1963 as the first resident president, and served until 1974 when Sister Trinita Flood assumed the presidency.

 When she left Barry in 1974, she studied contemporary theology and joined the faculty of Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois. She later retired to the Dominican Motherhouse in Adrian, Michigan, where she died on Easter Sunday, 1997.


III. The Collection

The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, press releases, programs and publications documenting Sister Dorothy’s presidency at Barry College. It also includes biographical information and awards and recognitions.


IV. Container list

Box                 Title

Personal Files


11        Biographical Data

            Sister Dorothy Browne, 1966-1968: interview transcription

            Sister Dorothy Browne, 1975-1997


Box                 Title

 11        Installation as President, Feb. 5, 1964

            Memoranda, 1968, 1970

            Correspondence from public figures, 1968-1975

            Correspondence to Mother Genevieve Weber, 1963-1966

            Barry College: Open House, Oct. 23, 1972

            President’s Report: The Founders Made Me Do It

12        Presidency files by year, 1963-74

            Correspondence with Bass Museum of Art, 1965, 1967

            Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1974

            President Search Committee, 1974

13        Speeches and works, 1964-1979

            Task Force on Coeducation, 1974

            Traffic Light N.E. Second Ave.


Awards & Recognitions

Box                 Title

13        Awards Presented to Sister Dorothy

            Citizen of the Year Award

            Barry Mark Honoring Sister Dorothy

            Distinguished Service Award from FACU

            President’s Dinner, 1974

            Testimonial Dinner Honoring Sister Dorothy


V. Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Processed by: Sister Arnold Benedetto, O.P., revised by Ximena Valdivia, 2011

Preferred Citation: Sister Dorothy Browne Collection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida.

Librarian / Archivist

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Frances Sciurba