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SUB-SERIES Identifier: UAV 170.270.2

Records of the Harvard Athletic Association : team photographs, 1868-1947

Overview

The Harvard Athletic Association was formed in 1874, and in 1951 became the Harvard University Department of Athletics. Team photographs were taken almost as early as teams formed. These photographs contain some of the earliest group portraits of Harvard athletic teams. The 19th-century and early 20th-century team photographs appear to be photographic duplicates of earlier photographs. Paper lists of the individuals depicted accompany many of the images.

Dates

  • 1868-1947

Creator

Physical Description

Extent is approximate.

Researcher Access

The photographs are open for research use. Many of the photographs are fragile. Researchers will be expected to follow Harvard University Archives handling instructions.

Extent

5 cubic feet (approximately 900 black-and-white 11x14 inch photoprints in 5 flat boxes)
These photographs contain some of the earliest group portraits of Harvard athletic teams. The 19th-century and early 20th-century team photographs appear to be photographic duplicates of earlier photographs. Paper lists of the individuals depicted accompany many of the images

Historical note

The Harvard Athletic Association was formed in 1874, and in 1951 became the Harvard University Department of Athletics. Team photographs were taken almost as early as teams formed.

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged alphabetically by sport and chronolocially within each sport.

Handwritten inventories available

This inventory lists all the sports for which there are team photographs are in the collection but lacks details about most of the individual photographs.

Photographs listed below are only those that have been digitized. Comprehensive handwritten lists of all the photographs in the collection are available on paper in the Harvard University Archives reading room.

Acquisition Information

These photographs were probably received by the Harvard University Archives from the Department of Athletics between the late 1950s and the early 1970s.

Existence and Location of Copies

Many of the photographs have been digitized and are available online. Links to digital images appear with individual image descriptions.

Related Materials

The Harvard University Archives holds photographs of Harvard athletic teams through the mid-1980s, administrative records of the Harvard Athletic Association and the Harvard University Department of Athletics, records of teams and student organizations with an athletic or outdoor interests, and the personal archives of individual athletes, coaches and administrators of athletics programs at Harvard.

General note

This document last updated 2016 October 12.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in July 2013 by Kate Bowers.

Titles were provided by the archivists unless otherwise noted.

The collection was first described in approximately 1975 and was probably re-housed at that time.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard Athletic Association. Records of the Harvard Athletic Association : team photographs, 1868-1947 : an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
EAD ID
hua05013

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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