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Inventory of Presidents' Papers,Papers of Aloysius Varsi, S.J., 1868-1876
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Inventory of Presidents' Papers, Papers of Aloysius Varsi, S.J.,
    Date (inclusive): 1868-1876
    Record group: 3DB06
    Accession number: 989-016
    Creator: Varsi, Aloysius, S.J.
    Extent: 11 folders
    Repository: Santa Clara University Archives
    Santa Clara, CA 95053
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Santa Clara University permits public access to its archives within the context of respect for individual privacy, administrative confidentiality, and the integrity of the records. It reserves the right to close all or any portion of its records to researchers.
    The archival files of any office may be opened to a qualified researcher by the administrator of that office or his/her designee at any time.
    Archival collections may be used by researchers only in the Reading Room of the University Archives and may be photocopied only at the discretion of the archivist.

    Publications Rights

    Permission to copy or publish any portion of the Archives' materials must be given by the Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Presidents' Papers, Papers of Aloysius Varsi, S.J., Santa Clara University. University Archives.


    Aloysius Varsi was born in Sardinia, March 9, 1830, ordained a Jesuit in 1845, and then sent to the United States in 1861, where he taught first at the Jesuit college in Boston, and then at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. In 1864, Varsi came to Santa Clara College to teach physics and mathematics. In 1867, he became the 6th president of Santa Clara, serving from 1868-1876. After an unprecedented nine years as president, Varsi was appointed provincial superior of the Society of Jesus in California. He served a term of five years as superior, after which he became prefect of St. Ignatius College in San Francisco. Aloysius Varsi, S.J., died November 27, 1900 in San Francisco. He was buried at Santa Clara. During his term as president of Santa Clara College, Varsi built the impressive College theatre and dormitory, known as the "Ship."

    Scope and Content

    The Varsi Papers contain building specifications, correspondence regarding new construction at Santa Clara College, inventories of property, scientific equipment, supplies, and College mineral collections. The papers also include a list of Capuchins expelled from Guatemala, 1872.