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SERIES Identifier: UAI 5.115

Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 5-7, 1805-1826

Scope and Contents

Volume 2 contains duplicate and original papers, which supplement College Papers, Volumes 5-7, 1805-1819, and some later materials dated through 1826. The bulk of the volume consists of accounts and bills to Harvard related to the construction of Stoughton Hall, from assorted contractors, masons, painters, and carpenters. There are also votes, memoranda, and communications by Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, some relating to changes to Board membership through acts passed by the Massachusetts General Court; subscription requests; petitions; deeds and extracts or copies of wills from Harvard benefactors; lists of salaries for College kitchen staff; and accounts of books ordered by each Harvard class member. Additionally contains a small amount of correspondence of Samuel Webber, including a letter accepting the presidency.

The volume is in chronological order except for some single items or groups of documents related to specific topics or persons, which date up to 1826. These include records of repairs and rent for properties on Harvard's Webb Estate, dated 1810-1826, information on the Boylston bequest, dated 1810-1822, receipts from Bowdoin Prize winners, dated 1814-1817; correspondence of Christopher Gore, dated 1815-1819; and accounts of future Harvard President Edward Everett while he was a professor of Greek literature at the College, dated 1815-1825.

Item numbers were assigned by the archivist. In the College Papers, 1st series, Volume 5 is dated 1805-1809; Volume 6 is dated 1809-1811; and Volume 7 is dated 1811-1815, 1819. Because of disruptions in the chronological order in this volume of supplements, it is difficult to determine which items correspond to Volumes 5-7.

Documents that do not follow chronological order are related to the Boylston bequest (item 50), Webb Estate (items 57-102), and Bowdoin Prizes (145-156), Christopher Gore correspondence (items 164-168), and accounts of Edward Everett (item 171).

Dates

  • 1785-1826

Researcher Access

Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 3-7, is closed for research use due to the collection's fragile condition.

Positive microfilm of the supplements to the Harvard College Papers, 1st series (UAI I.5.131.5) is available for research use.

Extent

1 cubic feet (4 legal document boxes, 1 flat box)

Creator

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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