Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art, Art History and Design

Department or Program Chair

Steven Polacco, MFA

First Reader

Leslie Ross, PhD


When students register for classes, they often take for granted the subjects that they register for. To these students their classes represent a means to an end. However, in the midst of the registration rush, when the registering student takes a moment to consider the time and work that had to be invested in to establishing these subjects, they might find a new appreciation for the classes that they are taking. This work is a tribute to the work of Dominican University faculty members who had to work hard to bring to fruition the Art History department as it exists today and the work that continues to go in to it to grow to in the future.

This paper is the culmination of a year’s worth of research utilizing the Dominican University archives. The purpose of this research was to piece together a comprehensive timeline documenting the work of developing the current Art History program at Dominican University. In conjecture with this research project, I also curated and installed a display in Archbishop Alemany Library in San Rafael. The purpose of the display was to show my research findings to the student body as well as display some of the archival materials that were so vital in researching and writing my paper.