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COLLECTION Identifier: UAI 20.900.1

Records of the Harvard Exhibit at the Paris Exposition

Overview

The Paris Exposition (also called the Exposition Universelle of 1900) was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from April 15 through November 12, 1900. The collection consists chiefly of some of the exhibit charts used by Harvard University in the Department of Education and Social Economy at the Paris Exposition. The charts, arranged in double columns with one in English, and the other in French, illustrated the growth of Harvard University and its contribution to education in the United States. Additionally, correspondence documents the efforts of John Bertram Williams, Harvard University Publication Agent, in the planning of the exhibit, and an unsigned handwritten report describes the extent of the Harvard exhibit.

Dates

  • 1899-1900

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

.6 cubic feet (1 portfolio folder, 1 accordion folder)
The collection consists chiefly of some of the exhibit charts used by Harvard University in the Department of Education and Social Economy at the Paris Exposition in 1900. The charts, which include images, sketches, and descriptive statements (arranged in double columns with one in English, and the other in French), offer a visual representation of the growth and achievements of Harvard University. Additionally, correspondence documents the efforts of John Bertram Williams, Harvard University Publication Agent, in the planning of the exhibit, and an unsigned handwritten report describes the extent of the Harvard exhibit at the Paris Exposition.

Historical note

The Paris Exposition (also called the Exposition Universelle of 1900) was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from April 15 through November 12, 1900. Featured among the exhibits in the Department of Education and Social Economy at the Exposition, the Harvard exhibit included charts that contained descriptive statements of the various schools of the University, including the Harvard Observatory, the Peabody Museum, the Harvard Law School, the Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Divinity School. The charts illustrated the growth of Harvard University and its contribution to education in the United States.

Acquisition information

The documents in this collection are University records and were acquired in the course of University business. Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the folder list below.

Related material

The Records of the Cercle Français de l'Université Harvard (HUD 3272): contain a certificate of the silver medal (medaille d’argent) won by the Cercle Français at the Paris Exposition http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua21008.

References

  • Harvard College (1780- ), Class of 1877. John Bertram Williams. Seventh Report, On the Occasion of the Fortieth Anniversary of Graduation, June 1917. Norwood, Massachusetts: Plimpton Press, 1917.
  • U.S. Educational Exhibit in Paris. The School Journal 60 (June 30, 1900) : 749.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2019 March 19.
People
  1. Williams, John Bertram, 1855-1908.
Groups
  1. Harvard University.
  2. Harvard University. Corporation.
  3. Harvard University -- Statistics.
  4. Harvard University -- Photographs.
  5. Harvard University -- Alumni and alumnae.
  6. Harvard University -- History -- 19th century.
  7. Harvard University -- Buildings.
  8. Harvard University -- Exhibitions.
Topics
  1. Exhibitions -- France -- Paris.
  2. Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 (Paris, France)
Formats and genres
  1. Contracts.
  2. Organizational charts.
  3. Charts (graphic documents)
  4. Diagrams.
  5. Correspondence.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in May 2014 by Dominic P. Grandinetti from a cursory inspection of the material and a variety of information sources. Titles were devised by the archivist. The records (UAI 20.900.1 and UAI 20.900.2) were re-processed as the Records of the Harvard Exhibit at the Paris Exposition, 1899-1900 and assigned the call number UAI 20.900.1. Call number UAI 20.900.2 (Records relating to the Paris Exposition, 1900) was eliminated.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard University. Corporation. Records of the Harvard Exhibit at the Paris Exposition, 1899-1900 : an inventory
EAD ID
hua25014

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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