Records of the Treasurer of Harvard University, 1669-2007
- Harvard University. Treasurer (Organization)
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Extent127.42 cubic feet (124 legal document boxes, 49 flat boxes, 16 document boxes, 11 card boxes, 220 volumes, 2 half document boxes, 1 legal half document box, 202 folders, 4 record cartons, and 1 reel)
The collection spans the progression of Harvard’s financial recordkeeping from handwritten fund notes of the mid-seventeenth century to electronically issued reports in the early 21st century. The records trace Harvard’s transition from a small publicly-funded college to one of the world’s largest private universities.
The two most complete record series are the Reports and the University Accounts, which document the University’s core financial activities from 1669 to the present. The most extensive series in the collection, Real Estate, contains photographs, leases, mortgages, and related correspondence resulting from the University’s properties in thirteen states, the District of Columbia, and Bermuda. The other series in the collection are less comprehensive.
The Records of the Treasurer of Harvard University begin with the tenure of John Richards, 1669-1682. Limited records (in the form of annual reports) are available from 1825 to the present.
From the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries, the Treasurer shared some fiscal responsibilities with the Steward, later known as the Bursar. The Steward was responsible for collecting room and board fees and for paying for related goods and services. Since 1974, the Treasurer has chaired the Board of Directors of the Harvard Management Company, which is responsible for the University’s endowment, pension assets, working capital, and non-cash gifts.
- Harris, Seymour E. The Economics of Harvard. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1970.
- Morison, Samuel Eliot. Three Centuries of Harvard. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1936.
Harvard Treasurers 1643-Present
- Herbert Pelham
- Thomas Danforth
- John Richards
- Samuel Nowell
- John Richards
- Thomas Brattle
- William Brattle
- John White
- Edward Hutchinson
- Thomas Hubbard
- John Hancock
- Ebenezer Storer
- Jonathan Jackson
- John Davis
- Ebenezer Francis
- Thomas Wren Ward
- Samuel Atkins Eliot
- William Turell Andrews
- Amos Adams Lawrence
- Nathaniel Silsbee
- Edward William Hooper
- Charles Francis Adams
- Henry Lee Shattuck
- William H. Claflin, Jr.
- Paul Cabot
- George Bennett
- George Putnam
- Roderick M. MacDougall
- D. Ronald Daniel
- 2004- :
- James F. Rothenberg
- Collected papers, 1678-1896
- Gifts and named funds, 1863-1937
- Inventories of College property, 1715-1827
- Records of the Massachusetts Professorship of Natural History, 1806-1830
- Payments to beneficiaries of exhibitions, 1804-1861
- Records of the Theological Institution, 1816-1830
- Records of the Trustees under the will of John Eliot Thayer, 1857-1898
- Records of the Trustees of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 1859-1877
- University accounts, 1669-1938
In the course of the project, call numbers were retained only for record series beginning in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The call numbers that were not retained were simplified. A list of obsolete call numbers is available in the archives. For the convenience of tracking existing citations, former call numbers and box numbers are noted on many of the folders.
Within the finding aid, dates are routinely expressed in the format of month, day, year. Whenever possible, titles were taken from the title page, cover or spine of a volume, or from the original folder. Titles appearing in the finding aid reflect the original sequence and spelling of words, but not necessarily the original punctuation or capitalization. Abbreviations have been fully spelled out.
Published versions of the documents in this collection are noted in the folder lists.
- Harvard University. Treasurer. Records of the Treasurer of Harvard University : an inventory
- HarvardUniversity Archives
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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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