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COLLECTION Identifier: HUPSF

Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Subjects, ca. 1850-2004

The images in this series chiefly depict the Harvard community and its environment, chiefly groups of people or places they inhabit and the format of the images is chiefly photographs. Rarely, images may be other two-dimensional images such as engravings, drawings, or paintings, or photographic reproductions of such two-dimensional artwork.

Dates

  • 1850-2004

Physical Description

Extents are approximate.

Conditions on Use and Access

Some images may be restricted due to their physical condition. Such conditions will be noted in the list below. Please consult Reference Staff for details. If, at the time of retrieval, staff determine that an image is too fragile to be transported to the reading room or handled, additional restrictions on access may be imposed.

Extent

10000 photographs

30 cubic feet (30 boxes, 21 drawers)

Photographs chiefly depict the Harvard community and its environment, chiefly groups of people or places they inhabit. Some images included here are not photographs. Rarely, images may be other two-dimensional images such as engravings, drawings, or paintings, or photographic reproductions of such two-dimensional artwork.

Understanding the List

The list below is in alphabetical order by category. For each of the categories, folders containing one or more images are listed.

Creation of the Photographic Subject File

The Photographic Subject file was compiled by Harvard University Archives staff starting in approximately the late 19th century. Staff generally filed photographs or other 2-dimensional images, regardless of their source, into categories based on group name or topic in order to house them together and for ease of reference. This practice was ceased in the year 2000.

Photographs received after the year 2000 without context continue to be added to the HUPSF categories; however, photographs that are acquired in a context, either filed within textual collections or as part of primarily photographic collections, remain within their original collection or record group.

Acquisition Information

These images were acquired from the last third of the nineteenth century through the 20th. The photographs either entered the University Archives alone or within larger collections or record groups.

Related Material in the Harvard University Archives

Almost every collection in the Harvard University archives includes at least a small amount of photographic material. Some of the Archives' holdings are either primarily photographic or include large numbers of photographs. Search Harvard's on-line library information system (HOLLIS).
Large photographic collections
  1. Records of the Office of News and Public Affairs : Photographs. Click here to link to inventory.
  2. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits
  3. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Views
  4. Undergraduate Class albums

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 October 24.
Requesting images When reqesting images, please include the following information: call number "HUPSF," category name (for example, "Advocate"), Photo number/s (for example, "(4-6)"), and folder number, if indicated (for example, "Folder 2").
General note
  1. Harvard University -- Photographs.
  2. Harvard University -- Pictorial works.
  3. Harvard University -- Faculty -- Photographs.
  4. Harvard University -- Students -- Photographs.
  5. Harvard University -- Employees -- Photographs
  6. Harvard University -- Presidents -- Photographs
  7. Harvard University -- Buildings -- Photographs
  8. Harvard University -- Sports -- Photographs
  9. Harvard University -- Students -- Societies, etc. -- Photographs
  10. Cambridge (Mass.) -- Pictorial works.
  11. Cambridge (Mass.) -- Photographs
  12. Harvard Yard (Cambridge, Mass.) -- Photographs
  13. Photographs
  14. Engravings
  15. Paintings
  16. Aerial photographs

Processing Information

Creation of this Finding Aid The lists of folders were typed by Laurie Maranian in August 2004. The large-size photographs were re-housed and listed in the Archives location database by Colin Lukens earlier that same year. The two lists were combined, the links to digitized images added, and the remainder of this finding aid was written by Kate Bowers in late August 2004.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Subjects: an inventory
EAD ID
hua20004

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.

Contact:
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Cambridge MA 02138 USA
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