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SUB-SERIES Identifier: UAIII 50.15.30

Tracts catalogs, 1773-1790

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains three manuscript catalogs, compiled in the 1770s, which list tracts (pamphlets and other unbound printed material) then in the library's collection. It also contains another manuscript catalog of tracts, begun in 1781, which is a compilation of the three earlier tracts catalogs with the inclusion of subsequent acquisitions. Entries in the first three catalogs of tracts - simply titled No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 - are arranged alphabetically within each volume, with shelf numbers entered in the left-hand margin. The entries include title, number of volumes, and place and date of publication. Most of these entries are in the hand of James Winthrop. Catalog No. 3 primarily lists tracts of sermons, including funeral sermons, "occasional sermons," charity sermons, election sermons, sermons to the sons of the clergy, sermons preached before the Society for the Reformation of Manners, ordination sermons, assize sermons, Thanksgiving sermons, occasional fast sermons, sermons before the King & Queen, sermons before the Society for Propagating the Gospel, sermons on the 30th of January, sermons on the 5th of November, birthday sermons, association & convention sermons, coronation & accession sermons, sermons to young people, and sermons on rebellion.


  • 1773-1790

Researcher Access

The Early Catalogs and Shelflists of the Harvard College Library are open for research.


4.77 cubic feet (1.5 legal document boxes, 5 flat boxes, 16 volumes and 1 microfilm box)


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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