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ITEM — Box: 5 Identifier: UAIII 50.15.30, UAIII 50.15.30 Box 5

Alphabetical library catalog created by William Mayhew, ca. 1770, with additions through 1789 Digital

Scope and Contents

Entries are arranged alphabetically by title, author, or other keyword. They contain each item's title, number of volumes, and format. Notations indicate volumes donated by Thomas Hollis, John Hancock, or the Province of New Hampshire. Although the initial entries are in the hand of William Mayhew, there are additions and annotations through at least 1789, in multiple hands. This was apparently an active record, regularly updated by subsequent librarians. The alcove, bookcase, and shelf location of numerous books has been added to the original entry.


  • ca. 1770, with additions through 1789

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)

Former call number

Formerly classified as UAIII 50.15.32 Mayhew Catalogue


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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