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SERIES Identifier: UAIII 5.33

Administrative Correspondence Series, 1890-1953

Scope of the Administrative Correspondence Series

The series consists of the incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Deans of Harvard College. It provides a record of the tremendous volume of correspondence generated and received by the Office, as well as the importance placed by the Deans on the need to communicate with and be informed by various Harvard communities.

Correspondents include the University President, Assistant Deans, various committee chairmen, the College Medical Officer, faculty, colleagues, parents, students, alumni, local and national business leaders, prospective students, secondary school administrators, and the general public. Materials consist primarily of handwritten and typed correspondence, telegrams, and thank you notes.

In much of the correspondence, the Deans offer advice and support to parents who were concerned with the welfare of their sons. In addition, a significant part of the correspondence consists of answers to questions regarding admission to the College, entrance examinations, academic standing, financial aid, career advice, job recommendations, the work of the Administrative Board, disciplinary action, and enforcement of College rules and regulations.

There are no more files in the Administrative Correspondence series after 1953. After this date, the Subject Files Series holds this type of correspondence.


  • 1890-1953

Physical Description

52 cubic feet (156 boxes)

Special Restriction on Access

Selected folders below are restricted for 80 years. See Reference Staff for details.


230 cubic feet (670 boxes)


It contains 7 subseries of records, the arrangement of which follows office filing and record keeping procedures.

Related Materials

The Administrative Correspondence Series should be used in conjunction with the General Subject Files except for the administration of Dean Briggs Dean Briggs who did not separate his administrative correspondence and general subject files.

The topics discussed in the Administrative Correspondence Series match those covered in the General Subject Files, however in the Administrative Correspondence Series, the access points for researchers are the academic year and the correspondent's last name. The subject files are named for the people, places, and times involved in a particular topic of interest.


Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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