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SUB-SERIES Identifier: UAI 5.50

Corporation records: waste-books, 1717-1827


The Harvard Corporation (also known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College) was established in 1650 as one of the Governing Boards of Harvard University. This collection consists of draft notes of Harvard Corporation proceedings.


  • 1717-1827


Researcher Access

The Corporation records: waste-books are open for research.


1 cubic feet (42 folders in 4 legal half-document boxes)

Drafts of notes recording the transactions, decisions, and votes enacted at Corporation meetings, which were later re-written into the formal record book. Materials consist of loose and sewn papers, as well as some ledger books. The drafts include annotations, corrections, and deletions, which may be of interest when compared with the formal entry of the same vote found in the formal minutes. There are significant gaps in coverage in this series.

Historical note

A waste-book was a standard record-keeping document; it was a rough volume in which entries were made of all transactions at the time of their occurrence to be posted later into the more formal books.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Related Materials

The Harvard University Archives also holds the formal minutes of the Harvard Corporation. An inventory of the formal mintues is available:

Inventory update

This document last updated 2019 September 18.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in September 2013 by Kate Bowers. Supplementary description was added in June 2016 by Olivia Mandica-Hart. Folder titles were transcribed by the archivist.

Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation records: waste-books, 1717-1827 : an inventory
Harvard University Archives
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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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