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COLLECTION Identifier: UAIII 50.15.88.3

Harvard College Library bills and list of books purchased, 1877-1971

Overview

This collection belongs to a group of records called Library routine records, which generally includes ongoing series of records pertaining to day-to-day operations of the Harvard College Library, such as job applications, charging records, shelf lists, and bills. This collection contains invoices, bills, and other material presumably related to the purchase of books in the Harvard College Library from 1877 through 1971. Material is arranged chronologically in groups, and alphabetically thereunder.

Dates

  • 1877-1971

Creator

Researcher Access

The Harvard College Library bills and list of books purchased are open for research with the following exceptions: Harvard University records in this collection are restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. Specific restrictions are noted in the inventory. Access to fragile original documents may be restricted. Permission of the University Archives is required for photocopying or publishing.

Extent

20.6 cubic feet (56 document boxes, 2 flat boxes)
This collection contains invoices, bills, and other material presumably related to the purchase of books in the Harvard College Library from 1877 through 1971. Material is arranged chronologically in groups, and alphabetically thereunder.

Historical Note

Whereas most Harvard College Library records are grouped by creator or owner (such as librarians or other staff members) or by Library department, this collection belongs to a group called Library routine records. This group generally includes ongoing series of records pertaining to day-to-day operations of the Harvard College Library, such as job applications, charging records, shelf lists, and bills. As these records presumably contain bills for the purchase of books, the history of the Harvard College Library Order Department may be of interest (see Related Materials).

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in chronological groups of correspondence by academic year(s). Within groups, files are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition information

The documents in this collection are University records and were presumably acquired in the course of University business.

Related Materials

Collections in the Harvard University Archives:
  1. Harvard College Library. Harvard College Library Order Department letters, 1881-1976 (UAIII 50.8.116): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua25016
  2. Harvard College Library. Harvard College Library Catalogue Department subject files: Thomas Franklin Currier, 1894-1952 (UAIII 50.8.113.3.2): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua30016

Separated Material

In the Harvard University Archives:
  1. Bills and lists of books purchased, 1803-1878 (UAIII 50.15.88.2)

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 July 1.
Groups
  1. Harvard College Library.
Topics
  1. Academic libraries--Acquisitions.
  2. Academic libraries--Administration.
  3. Academic libraries--Collection development.
  4. Academic libraries--Massachusetts--Cambridge.
  5. Harvard University--Libraries.
  6. Universities and colleges--Libraries.
Places
  1. Cambridge (Mass.)
Formats and genres
  1. Administrative records.
  2. Invoices.

Processing Information

The processing of this material involved a survey of legacy data about this collection; intellectual arrangement, including integration of one related collection (see superseded call number); and the creation of this finding aid. Material was not examined. Titles transcribed by the archivist from legacy data.

This finding aid was created by Leah Edelman in June 2016.

Preservation and description of the Harvard College Library bills and list of books purchased was supported by the Harvard Library's Hidden Collections initiative.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard College Library. Harvard College Library bills and list of books purchased, 1877-1971: an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
EAD ID
hua36016

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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