Wills naming Harvard as a beneficiary
- Harvard University. Corporation (Organization)
Extent1.57 cubic feet (1 legal document box, 1 flat box, 1 oversized volume, 6 volumes, and 2 folders)
The records provide evidence of income the College received from outside sources, and offer a resource for studying the perceptions donors had towards the College and higher education in New England in general.
While the College did not receive the same level of private contributions in its first two centuries that it would in later years, there were some individuals who gave generously. Two of the College's earliest bequests came from Boston merchant Henry Webb, who donated land, and English merchant and landowner Sir Matthew Holworthy, who bequeathed £1000.
- Harris, Seymour E. The Economics of Harvard. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1970.
- Quincy, Josiah. The history of Harvard University. Cambridge: J. Owen, 1840
This finding aid was created by Diann Benti in October 2010.
Preservation and description of the Wills naming Harvard as a beneficiary was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
- Harvard University. Corporation. Wills naming Harvard as a beneficiary, 1660-1931: an inventory
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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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