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Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, oversize, ca. 1829-1985


Oversized photographs of individuals associated with Harvard University: faculty, students, administrators, staff, honorees, and habitués of Harvard Square. For those whose lives pre-date the era of photography, the contents of the folders are often photographic reproductions of other image types, such as etchings, paintings, or drawings. In a few cases, the images themselves may be original etchings or sketches.


  • Creation: 1829-1985

Conditions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this material. Fragile or oversized items may require special handling.


8 cubic feet
34 boxes
880 photographs

Caveat to Researchers

While the vast majority of the images are correctly identified, the file is the work of many unknown hands. Researchers should consider that the identities of individuals in this file to be potentially unreliable, and should seek additional confirmation that the person depicted is correctly identified.

Acquisition Information

The material in this collection was gathered by the University Archives chiefly through gifts.

Related Material

Related image collecitons at the Harvard University Archives include:

Search HOLLIS, Harvard's on-line library information system, for works by and about Harvard faculty, students, staff, and visitors, such as Harvard directories, class reports, and individual or collective biographies.

Inventory Update

This document last updated 2011 March 8.

Processing Information

Staff in the Harvard University Archives, and their predecessors, staff in the Harvard College Library, compiled this collection from a variety of sources. The oversized photographs described here came from collections of personal papers, student photograph albums, and some university records. Photographs of individuals were gathered under the individual's name. The groups of photographs were then housed in alphabetical order.

The oversized images were compiled into this finding aid by Patrice Donoghue and Amy Devin in February 2009. Jennifer Pelose finalized this finding aid in late February 2009.

Notes on the List of Portraits

For most individuals, the date of their earliest Harvard degree is noted. This information is useful in differentiating between individuals with identical names. There has been no attempt to include in this list comprehensive biographical information, although in some cases additional information has been included in this list.

Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, oversize: an inventory
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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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