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SUB-SERIES Identifier: HUD 244.704

Harvard College Class of 1844 photograph album, compiled 1867-1895

Overview

The album contains photographs of nearly all members of the Harvard College Class of 1844. There is chiefly one image per person. Some are reproducations of images from the sitter’s student days, some are probably contemporary with the receipt of the request for the photograph. Wheelright’s notes on the receipt of each image are pasted in at the front of the album.

Dates

  • compiled 1867-1895

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research. The album is fragile and will require special handling and supports when opened. Nails attaching the hasp to the cover are loose and care should be taken that they do not fall out.

Extent

0.1 cubic foot
1 photograph albums (54 photographic prints) : black and white ; 22 cm.
The album contains photographs of nearly all members of the Harvard College Class of 1844. There is one image per person with the exception of Edwin A. Wild. Some are reproducations of images from the sitter's student days, some are probably contemporary with the receipt of the request for the photograph. Wheelright's notes on the receipt of each image are pasted in at the front of the album. Some photographs were duplicated for inclusion and the originals returned to the sender. Many images are duplicates of daguerreotypes. The album itself features heavy card stock supports (pages) with windows for the insertion of images.
Member of the Class of 1844 lacking Bemis, Isaac Vose is listed as a member of the class in the Harvard University Quinquennial Catalogue of Officers and Graduates, 1636-1930, but there is no page reserved for him in the album.

Historical note

This album was compiled by Edward Wheelright, Class Secretary to the Harvard College Class of 1844, after a vote of the class in 1868 "That the Class Secretary be requested to address a circular to the members of the Class requesting them to communicate to him such information as they are willing to give as regards themselves and their lives since graduation and also in regard to other members of the Class and that the same be prepared by him and printed to be laid before the Class at its twenty-fifth Anniversary." The compilation, intended to be completed for the anniverary in 1869, continued for decades longer.

Arrangement

The photographs are listed in alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Date of gift and donor unrecorded.

Online access

This entire album has been digitized and is available online.

Related Materials

Related Materials Forms a part of the Records of the Harvard College Class of 1844. (HUD 244)

Photograph albums of other Harvard College classes and portrait photographs of many members of the Harvard College community are also held in the Harvard University Archives.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 March 29.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in March 204 by Kate Bowers.

Collection title devised by the archivist. Contents titles were transcribed.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1844. Harvard College Class of 1844 photograph album, compiled 1867-1895: an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
EAD ID
hua15014

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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