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COLLECTION Identifier: UAIII 50.15.30

Early Catalogs and Shelflists of the Harvard College Library

Catalogus Librorum: An Alphabetical List of the Books belonging to the Library of Harv’d College, , ca. 1765-1770 Digital

Scope and Contents Books are listed alphabetically, by author, title, or other keyword, and entries include format, number of volumes, and place and date of publication. Annotations denote volumes donated by Thomas Hollis, John Hancock, and the Province of New Hampshire (indicated by "Hamp."). The shelf location of the Hollis donations has been added.

Supplement to Catalogus Librorum: An Alphabetical List of the Books belonging to the Library of Harv’d College, ca. 1768-1770 Digital

Scope and Contents This manuscript supplement, written in multiple hands including that of William Mayhew, augments the alphabetical catalog begun by Andrew Eliot in 1765. It is believed to have been created in 1768, with additional entries made through 1770. Entries contain the same information as that in the Catalogus Librorum, including annotations to indicate donations from Thomas Hollis, John Hancock, and New Hampshire.

A List of Books that have been presented to the Library of Harvard College since the Alphabetical List was made out [supplement to Catalogus Librorum], ca. 1770 Digital

Scope and Contents Unlike the catalog it supplements, this folio manuscript is not alphabetized. It includes the title, format, and number of volumes for 85 additions to the Harvard College Library, presumably made in the years soon after Eliot began his Catalogus Librorum.

Alphabetical library catalog created by William Mayhew, ca. 1770, with additions through 1789 Digital

Scope and Contents Entries are arranged alphabetically by title, author, or other keyword. They contain each item's title, number of volumes, and format. Notations indicate volumes donated by Thomas Hollis, John Hancock, or the Province of New Hampshire. Although the initial entries are in the hand of William Mayhew, there are additions and annotations through at least 1789, in multiple hands. This was apparently an active record, regularly updated by subsequent librarians. The alcove, bookcase, and shelf...

Alphabetical library catalog created by Amos Adams, ca. 1771, with additions through 1774 Digital

Scope and Contents An accompanying note reads: “This volume was probably in use when the Revolutionary War drove the College to Concord.” Adams is believed to have begun this catalog in 1771, as it contains volumes not listed in William Mayhew's catalog, compiled only a year earlier. Entries include title; format; place and date of publication; alcove, bookcase, and shelf location; and donor.

Library catalog, believed to be from the College's evacuation to Concord during the Revolutionary War, ca. 1775 Digital

Scope and Contents This manuscript catalog is believed to be in the hand of Samuel Langdon, Harvard's President during the American Revolutionary War. Books are listed alphabetically and entries include title, format, number of volumes, and location information. A sheet glued to the back cover contains “A List of Broken Volumes,” presumably books that were somehow damaged.

One leaf from an alphabetical library catalog (Lu - Ly), ca. 1779? Digital

Scope and Contents This manuscript document has been dated to 1779 by one source, 1785 by another, and 1790 by another. It is believed to be the sole remaining page of a library catalog copied by Phillips Payson.