- 1913 - 1957
0.5 cubic feet
The images show Standish Hall and Gore Hall, their gates and courtyards, as well as parts of neighboring buildings and the Charles River. Interior photographs show the library, dining hall, and common room in Gore Hall, some with students and staff in them.
The photographs are chiefly gelatin silver prints, with some collotype prints. Most of the photographs are unmounted on photographic paper, but some are printed as postcards and some are mounted.
One group of photographs documents the 1957 inauguration of House Master (later Faculty Dean) David E. Owen. Images depict the inaugural academic procession, Owen speaking at a lectern in the Gore Hall courtyard, and a celebration in the dining hall. People featured in this group of photographs include Harvard University President Nathan M. Pusey, former Winthrop House Master Ronald M. Ferry, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences McGeorge Bundy, and Allston Burr Senior Tutor Albert A. Mavrinac.
Gore and Standish Halls were built at the cost of $870,000 in 1914. Both are red brick structures with English Baroque details designed by the architectural firm Coolidge, Shepley and Rutan. Standish Hall was built with funds from the gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, who named the building for her ancestor, Captain Myles Standish, a settler who arrived on the Mayflower. Gore Hall was funded by gifts from several alumni and was named for Christopher Gore, Harvard College Class of 1776. Renovations and additions to convert the two dormitories into Winthrop House in 1931 cost $315,000 and were designed by Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch and Abbot.
The new House was named in honor of two men, both named John Winthrop. The first John Winthrop settled in Massachusetts in 1630 to lead the Massachusetts Bay Company. He became the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and served for sixteen years. The second John Winthrop, Class of 1732, is widely regarded as the first American astronomer. He was the Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy from 1738 until his death in 1779, and he served as acting president of Harvard College in 1769 and 1773. The Winthrop House crest is based on the Winthrop family coat of arms, and several portraits of the Winthrop family are displayed in the House dining hall and library.
Winthrop House residents observe several traditions, some that the whole House participates in and some that are limited to each class. The all-House traditions include the Arbella Ball in the spring, Winter Formal, a spring carnival called Thropstock, a monthly open house hosted by the Faculty Deans, and Stein Club, which organizes themed gatherings throughout the school year. The class traditions include a gathering with desserts for sophomores to meet their other classmates, a parents' weekend for juniors, and a masquerade ball hosted by the Faculty Deans for seniors. Winthrop House also hosts the Perini-Woods Senior Common Room Speaker Series, named to honor David B. Perini and Robert W. Woods, residents who both passed away in their twenties.
Notable past residents of Winthrop House include John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Ben Bernanke, Lloyd Blankfein, Alan Keyes, Grover Norquist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Barney Frank, Robert Rubin, and Amy Zegart.
A library building also named Gore Hall was built by a bequest from Gore, and it served as Harvard's library from 1841 until it was demolished in 1913 when Widener Library was constructed.
This collection was formerly part of an even larger group of photographs, the Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Views, into which Archives staff filed images. Within the Views, images were grouped based on location, building, or landscape feature.
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- Education, Bricks and Mortar: Harvard Buildings and Their Contribution to the Advancement of Learning. Cambridge, Mass.: The President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1949.
- King, Moses. Harvard and its surroundings. Cambridge: Moses King, publisher, 1884.
- "Facilities & History." Winthrop House, accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.winthrophouse.net/icb/icb.do?keyword=k80873&tabgroupid=icb.tabgroup131003
- "House Life." Winthrop House, accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.winthrophouse.net/icb/icb.do?keyword=k80873&tabgroupid=icb.tabgroup136704
Description of the Photographic views of Winthrop House, 1913-1957 was supported by the Harvard Library's Hidden Collection initiative.
- Photographic views of Winthrop House, 1913-1957: an inventory
- EAD ID
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