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ITEM — Box: UAI 5.30 Box 1 Identifier: UAI 5.30

Corporation records volume 1, December 27, 1643-September 5, 1750 Digital

Scope and Contents

Spine title: "College Records 1."

This volume contains handwritten copies of the proceedings of the meetings of the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers from December 27, 1643 through September 5, 1750 extracted from the early College Books. The volume was compiled by James W. Harris in 1855 by order of a Corporation vote passed December 24, 1852, and includes an alphabetical index.

The first 45 pages of the volume (numbered A-Z, Aa-Ss) are transcriptions of entries originally recorded in College Book 1 (also referred to as "College Book No. 1 & 2" due to a 19th century labeling error) and College Book 3. The remainder of the volume (numbered 1-508) is a transcription of College Book 4 (also referred to as College Book No. 4 & 5" due to a 19th century labeling error). The transcriptions from College Book 1 and 3 are annotated with the book and page number of the original entry.

The entries do not represent the whole of College Book 1 and College Book 3; they are extractions only of the recorded proceedings of the College's governing boards, and do not include records such as student lists, college laws and accounting statements also found in the College Books. As well, they have been arranged in a strict chronological order not originally used in College Book 1 and 3.


  • December 27, 1643-September 5, 1750

Researcher Access

The Corporation records itemized in this finding aid are open for research. For volumes 1-21 please use the bound photostat copies available in the Harvard University Archives reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Please use the bound photostat copy of this volume available in the Harvard University Archives reading room.


.6 cubic feet (6 volumes)


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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