Chronology of University Names

Links are provided to the appropriate text of the Acts and Resolves passed by the General Court of Massachusetts.

 

1899-1946  New Bedford Textile School (Acts and Resolves of 1895, Chapter 475)

1946-1953  New Bedford Textile Institute (Acts and Resolves of 1946, Chapter 257)

1953-1957  New Bedford  Institute of Textiles and Technology (Acts and Resolves of 1953, Chapter 488)

1957-1960  New Bedford Institute of Technology (Acts and Resolves of 1957, Chapter 347)

1899-1946  Bradford Durfee Textile School of Fall River, Massachusetts (Acts and Resolves of 1895, Chapter 475)

1946-1957  Bradford Durfee Technical Institute (Acts and Resolves of 1946, Chapter 257)

1957-1960  Bradford Durfee College of Technology (Acts and Resolves of 1957, Chapter 347)

1881-1988  Swain Free School (absorbed by SMU in 1988)

1960-1969  Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (Acts and Resolves of 1960, Chapter 543)

1969-1991  Southeastern Massachusetts University (Acts and Resolves of 1969, Chapter 396)

1991+          University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Acts and Resolves of 1991, Chapter 142)

 

Other early names used by the school were the American Correspondence School of Textiles and the New Bedford State Textile School, but neither appear to be officially authorized by the Board of Trustees, as are the other names the school was known by.