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SUB-SERIES Identifier: UAV 170.270.7

Records of the Harvard Varsity Club : photographs, 1866-1966

The Harvard Varsity Club was first organized in 1886. After some years of waning interest, it was revived in 1908 in order to provide permanent quarters for athletic training and a meeting place for teams and alumni. Photographs are chiefly group portraits of Harvard men's athletic teams, but individual portraits, candids, and action shots of teams are also included. In addition, there are photographs of some Varsity Club events.

Dates

  • 1866-1966

Creator

Physical Description

Extent is approximate.

Researcher Access

The photographs are open for research use. Many of the photographs are fragile. Researchers will be expected to follow Harvard University Archives handling instructions.

Extent

1 collection (Approximately 6 cubic feet (54 portfolio folders))

748 photoprints : black-and-white ; various dimensions

Photographs are chiefly group portraits of Harvard men's athletic teams, but individual portraits, candids, and action shots of teams are also included. In addition, there are photographs of some Varsity Club events.

Historical note

Harvard Varsity Club was first organized in 1886. After some years of waning interest, it was revived in 1908 in order to provide permanent quarters for athletic training and a meeting place for teams and alumni. A club house on Quincy Street was built in 1912. The Club incorporated in 1955 and moved its home to the Carey Cage at Soldiers Field in 1981.

Arrangement

The photographs are chiefly grouped by sport. Within each sport, photographs are grouped into team portraits and candid/action shots.

Acquisition Information

Accession 9205 received from the Harvard Varsity Club, June 10, 1981.

The Varsity Club sent its photographs and other archival holdings to the Harvard University Archives in 1981 when it moved from 14 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Carey Cage at Soldiers Field in Boston.

Online access

Some of these photographs have been digitized and are available online. LInks accompany photograph descriptions.
Digitization Many of the photographs have been digitized and are available online. Links to digital images appear with individual image descriptions.

Related Materials

The Harvard University Archives holds photographs of Harvard athletic teams through the late 20th century, administrative records of the Harvard Athletic Association and the Harvard University Department of Athletics, records of teams and student organizations with an athletic or outdoor interests, and the personal archives of individual athletes, coaches and administrators of athletics programs at Harvard.

General note

This document last updated 2014 July 1.

Processing Information

K. A. Facos produced a list of the photographs and placed them in portfolio folders during the fall and winter of 1983; it is not known if the photos were reorganized at that time or simply kept in the order in which they were found.. Pencil annotations indicate the inventory was occasionally updated. It is unknown whether this means images were added or if these are merely corrections.

In July and August 2013, the 1983 inventory was transcribed from an annotated dot-matrix printout and converted to electronic form by James Moore and transformed into an archival finding aid by Kate Bowers.

Titles for individual images are chiefly concatenated from the 1983 list, which was printed in a nested tabular form. Collective titles were provided by the archivist. Any additional sources of title information are noted.
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Creator

Title
Harvard Varsity Club. Records of the Harvard Varsity Club : photographs, 1866-1966 : an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
EAD ID
hua25013

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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