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SUB-SERIES Identifier: UAI 15.898

Personal and family materials, 1862-1970, 1862-1970

Scope of the personal and family materials subseries

The notebooks, scrapbooks, daily calendars, photographs, diaries and other assorted materials in this subseries document Conant's life as well as the lives of some of his family members. There are materials from his early school days along with diplomas and other documents marking pivotal events in his life. The daily calendars contain brief entries regarding Conant's appointments.

Materials about Conant's family members includes two diaries with brief entries kept by Conant's father, James Scott Conant, from August 1864 to May 1865. Part of this time, Conant's father was fighting in the Civil War and the entries reflect his daily activities. Grace "Patty" Thayer (Richards) Conant's social notebooks, 1933-ca.1954 contain correspondence regarding arrangements with caterers, guest lists, and seating arrangements at various social functions held while Conant was President of Harvard University.


  • Creation: 1862-1970

Physical Description

(1.3 cubic feet (approx.))

Conditions on Use and Access

Restrictions on access apply. Consult with the reference staff of the Harvard University Archives for details.


50 cubic feet (177 containers)


The material in this subseries is arranged roughly chronologically.


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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