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Branigan Scholars

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-2002

Scope and Contents

The Branigan Scholars span the years 1987-present. These records are mainly the papers students wrote to fulfill the scholarship requirement. Typically each year 1-2 students receive the scholarship. In some years no students were chosen. This is a current, on-going program and with each year of new student projects, new records are added to this collection.

Materials include mostly unpublished student research papers and correspondence. The records comprise 2 series contained in 2 boxes. They include: Series I: Administrative Series II: Projects


  • 1987-present

Organizational History

Edward Vincent Branigan is a graduate of the Manhattan College class of 1940. During World War II, he served in the United States Merchant Marine, where he was trained as a marine engineer. After the war, he continued as a marine engineer for Esso Shipping and Humble Oil, now Exxon, until his retirement in 1971.

The Edward Branigan Fund was established in 1976 through the generous contributions of Mr. Branigan and matching gifts from Exxon. Enhanced by additional support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Branigan Scholars Fund has provided the financial resources for students to pursue projects independent of their coursework.

The aim of the program is to promote undergraduate research in the humanities by awarding monetary grants for student-initiated projects. Each Branigan Scholar works closely with a Manhattan College faculty member, who serves as advisor. The Branigan Grants foster the Manhattan College tradition of strengthening humanities education through the development of students’ scholarly interests and goals in close collaboration with members of the faculty.

Students enrolled in the Manhattan College School of Arts and Science, who are not seniors at the time of application, are eligible to apply. The grant may be used to support a creative or traditional research project or to facilitate student participation in a conference or an internship experience. Applicants must submit a description of the project, objectives and work plan, and a letter of reference from the Manhattan College faculty member who will direct the research. The Branigan Scholars Committee selects the award recipients. The Committee also reviews and accepts the finished projects.


2 Linear Feet (Housed in 3 document boxes. )


The bulk of the records of the Branigan Scholars were transferred to the Archives in the fall of 2002 from the School of Arts Professor, Joan Cammarata, Chair of the Branigan Scholars Committee. The Records, 1.5 linear feet of material, covered the years 1987-2002 and pertain to the Edwin Branigan Scholarship for undergraduate research in the humanities. The collection is primarily composed of scholars’ projects and a small number of administrative records, which contain mainly correspondence regarding the Branigan Scholars Grant. At the end of each academic year, the most recently-completed projects are transferred to the Archives.

Processing Information

No materials have been separated or disposed of and the collection is unrestricted.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manhattan College Archives Repository

O'Malley Library, Room 200
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
O'Malley Library, Room 200
Riverdale New York 10471 United States