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RECORD GROUP Identifier: UAV 159

Records of the Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe, 1956-2000


The Records of the Office for the Arts at Harvard & Radcliffe document the creative and performing arts at Harvard and Radcliffe and document the Office's activities in support of those arts. A small amount of records pre-date the office.


  • 1956-2000


Physical Description

Extent is approximate.

Conditions on Use and Access

Access to unpublished archival records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation of the record(s). Access to student and personnel records is restricted for 80 years. See reference staff for details. No restrictions on access apply to published records.

The Records of the Office for the Arts are stored in an off-site facility. Researchers are advised to contact Reference Staff for more information concerning retrieval of material.

Special Restrictions relating to Recordings

The Harvard University Archives does not make copies of sound and video recordings in this collection for researchers. Requests for copies of sound recordings may come only through the Office for the Arts. Researchers who wish to obtain copies of recordings will need to contact the Office for the Arts and ask the Office to request a copy from the Archives.


51 cubic feet (51 boxes)

Records consist of 41 boxes of archival master and sub-master video and audio tapes and ten boxes of paper administrative records.

History of the Office for the Arts

The Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe (OFA) was established in 1973 with joint funding to coordinate and support the creative and performing arts at Harvard and Radcliffe. The Office was administered by Radcliffe College until Radcliffe and Harvard University merged in October 1999. At the time of the merger, the name of the office changed to Office for the Arts at Harvard. The Office oversees the Learning from Performers Program, the Jazz Program, the dance program, and painting,printmaking and pottery courses. It gives grants to students for music lessons, funds and coordinates student dramatic productions, and publishes Arts Spectrum, a bi-weekly calendar and Practice and Performance, a guide to the arts for undergraduates.

Series and Subseries in the Collection

  1. Audio and Video Recordings (in Boxes 1-40 and Box 51)
  2. Administrative Records (in Boxes 41-50)
  3. ___Early Records
  4. ___General Records
  5. ___Meetings with President Bok
  6. ___Potential Projects
  7. ___Monthly and Biannual Reports
  8. ___Personnel
  9. ___Programs
  10. ______Registration
  11. ______Music Lesson Subsidy Program
  12. _________General Records
  13. _________Teachers
  14. ______Dance
  15. ______Pottery
  16. ______Visual
  17. ______Creative Listening
  18. ______Learning from Performers
  19. ______Learning from Performers Jazz Program
  20. ______Artist in Residence Program
  21. ______Artist in Residence Program Japan Visiting Artist Program
  22. ___Musical Theatre Lab
  23. ___Agassiz Theatre
  24. ______Agassiz Theatre General Records
  25. ______Agassiz Theatre Productions
  26. ___Fundraising
  27. ___Harvard 350th Celebration
  28. ___OFA Tenth Anniversary
  29. ___Awards
  30. ___Publicity
  31. ___Budget
  32. ___Publications
  33. ___Grants
  34. ______Arts Council Grants
  35. ______Office for the Arts Grants
  36. ______Arts First Grants
  37. Lists of audio and video recordings

Nature of This Inventory

This finding aid contains a detailed inventory of the paper records only. Researchers interested in the audio and video recordings as a collection may wish to consult the OFA's lists of tapes; researchers interested in individual recordings should search in Harvard's on-line library catalog, in which each recording is described individually.

Custodial Information

The Records of the Office for the Arts were maintained by the Radcliffe College Archives until the merger of Radcliffe College and Harvard University in October 1999. Shortly after the merger, the records were transferred to the Harvard University Archives.

Acquisition Information

  1. Accession number: 14106, Radcliffe College Archives, 2000 February 15
  2. Accession number: 14293, Radcliffe College Archives, 2001 March 30

General note

This document last updated 2014 February 24.

Processing Information

Processed by Dawn Marsh, July 2001, under the direction of Kate Bowers.

Ms. Marsh arranged the records into series, produced a folder list, relocated at-risk materials to the vault, and placed the records in archival cartons. She removed publications from the archival records and forwarded them to cataloging staff for processing. Harvard University Archives staff determined that prompt processing of a minimal level was appropriate for this record group; therefore, documents were not placed in archival folders nor were staples or paperclips removed. Processing staff discarded duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Harvard University Archives as expressed in the Harvard University General Records Schedule.

Office for the Arts at Harvard & Radcliffe. Records of the Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe : 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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