This collection documents the activities of Marymount College prior to its merge with Loyola University in 1973.
Marymount College is one of the founding institutions of Loyola Marymount University. Marymount College and Loyola University
were on similar yet separate trajectories in the early twentieth century, growing rapidly along with the city of Los Angeles
itself. In 1923, the Religious of Sacred Heart of Mary began teaching local young women. This school was first an elementary
school and then a high school. Ten years later Marymount Junior College opened in Westwood, which eventually expanded into
a four-year university that granted baccalaureate degrees in 1948. At this point, the school became known as Marymount College
of Los Angeles. In 1960, Marymount College moved its two-year and four-year programs to a new campus on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Marymount College partnered with St. Joseph College of Orange, a four-year liberal arts college run by the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Orange, in 1967. One year later, Marymount College moved onto the Loyola University’s Westchester campus and two
schools affiliated in 1968. Marymount’s two-year and four-year programs separated with the two-year program remaining as a
separate institution on the Palos Verdes campus. Both Marymount and Loyola remained autonomous throughout the next five years,
maintaining their own separate administrations, registrars, admissions, presidents, and so on. These doubled efforts were
not sustainable and combining resources through a merger became a serious consideration. Marymount College and Loyola University
officially merged in 1973.
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