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Name of Creator: Solomon, Bernard.
Title:Bernard "Bunny" Solomon papers
Reference Code:M77
Location Code:70/4, FF4/D3
Extent:2.30 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the public life of Bernard Solomon, encompassing his political, professional, and philanthropic activities, including his active involvement with Northeastern University. The bulk of the collection comprises photographs and clippings from newspapers and other publications. Solomon carefully collected mentions of himself and his compatriots in the press regarding his myriad positions and interests. In his lengthy public career, Solomon has made the acquaintance of many important and influential public figures, particularly in the political arena. Correspondence from these individuals, often indicative of great friendship, comprises much of the remainder of the collection. Of particular interest are photographs of and correspondence with President John F. Kennedy, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, President Harry S. Truman, and Cesar Chavez.
Historical Abstract:Bernard "Bunny" Solomon was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1923. A member of Northeastern University's Class of 1946, he served in Europe in World War II, returning home to a position in his father's lingerie manufacturing business. He became an active Democrat and was appointed State Purchasing Agent under Governor Foster Furcolo in 1957. Solomon resigned his position in 1960 and became a vice president of the Stop & Shop Companies. In 1982, he left Stop & Shop to become the vice chairman of Patriot Bank, later Bank of New England. Solomon retired in 1990. He has been an active fund raiser for and booster of Northeastern University. The indoor and outdoor track facilities and the indoor basketball court are named in his honor. In recognition of his tireless support for Northeastern, Solomon was granted an honorary Doctorate of Public Service in 1991.
Language and Scripts:Materials are in English.
System of Arrangement: Organized into 5 series: 1. Political; 2. Professional; 3. Philanthropic; 4. Northeastern University; and 5. Personal.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Chandler, Albert Benjamin
  • Chavez, Cesar, 1927-
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Crane, Robert Q.
  • Falcuey, Dan
  • Furcolo, Foster, 1917-
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978
  • Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
  • King, Edward J., 1925-McNamara, Edmund
  • Peabody, Endicott
  • Solomon, Bernard
  • Tedeschi, Ralph
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
  • Tsongas, Paul
  • Volpe, John A.
  • White, Kevin H.
  • Curry, John A., b. 1934
  • Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
  • Frank, Barney
  • Freeland, Richard Middleton, b. 1941
  • Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
  • Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
  • Knowles, Asa S. (Smallidge), 1909-1990
  • Muskie, Edmund S., 1914
  • Ryder, Kenneth G., b. 1924
  • Sargent, Francis W.

  • Northeastern University -- Awards
  • Northeastern University -- Benefactors
  • Northeastern University -- Buildings
  • Northeastern University -- Funds and scholarships
  • Northeastern University -- Sports

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Molly Overholt, October 2002; Danielle Hubing, September 2009.