The Frank J. Macchiarola Digital Archive

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The Frank J. Macchiarola Archive is a collection intended for the research and study of the career and works of Frank J. Macchiarola.  The collection consists of:

  •  The Special Papers Collection: 36 bound volumes of publications, speeches and business documents from 1968-2006
  • The Scrapbook Collection: 26 scrapbooks containing newspaper and journal clippings from 1974-1990.  
  • Dr. Macchiarola's undergraduate thesis
  • Dr. Macchiarola's PhD dissertation.


The Archive is located in the Cellar Level of the St. Francis College Library. It is available to students, faculty and staff for in-library use and available to the public by appointment. Visit the Contact Us page to schedule an appointment.


About the Digital Archive 


Portions of the The Frank J. Macchiarola Archive have been digitized and organized into three separate online collections: The Special Papers Collection,  The Scrapbook Collection and the Photos and Images Collection which contains personal and public photographs.


Most of the Digital Archive was collected from Dr. Macchiarola’s office at St. Francis College.  The papers were gathered by Library staff who conducted an inventory then barcoded and cataloged the volumes.  The scrapbooks and speech portions of his Special Papers were then sent to Data Conversion Laboratory where they were scanned and OCR (optical character recognition) technology was applied to make the scans keyword searchable and accessible to future researchers. Using Omeka, an open-source web archiving platform, Library Staff created a customized archive site where they uploaded the scans and added Dublin Core metadata to each item. 


The Archive was officially made available to the public and research community on April 7, 2016.


About Frank J. Macchiarola


Dr. Macchiarola hugging a student Dr. Macchiarola as a student

Francis Joseph Macchiarola was the President of St. Francis College from 1996-2008.  He was also an alumnus of St. Francis College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1962. He went on to receive his law degree at Columbia Law School and his Ph.D from Columbia University. 


Dr. Macchiarola had a long and distinguished career in the fields of education, law, public service and executive management. Among his many positions, he served as the Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education (1978-1983), the President of the Partnership for New York City (1983-1988), the Dean of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University (1991-1996), and the President and then Chancellor of St. Francis College (1996-2012).


Dr. Macchiarola's deeply rooted Catholic faith, recognized through numerous awards and accolades, strongly influenced his life's work of helping others. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed upon him the Papal Honor of Knight Commander of the Holy Order of St. Gregory the Great. Among numerous other honors, Dr. Macchiarola also received the St. Thomas Moore Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild Diocese Brooklyn (2002), the Lifetime Achievement Award from Catholic Teachers Association (1999), and the Cavalieri, Order of the Merit of the Republic of Italy (1980). 


Other Archives


Scholars researching Dr. Macchiarola may be interested in the following other archival sources:

For curriculum vitae and list of publications click here.