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SUB-SERIES Identifier: UAI 15.330.4

Recommendations received for degrees out of course, 1874-1910

Overview

Students who had withdrawn from the College prior to completing their coursework could be nominated by their classmates to receive degrees. Consists primarily of petitions to the President and Fellows of Harvard College requesting the granting of bachelor degrees out of course. The petitions illustrate the loyalty and long-standing friendships among Harvard College classmates.

Dates

  • 1874-1910

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

1.3 cubic feet (3 legal document boxes)

Consists primarily of petitions to the President and Fellows of Harvard College requesting the granting of bachelor degrees out of course. The records include testimony of alumni regarding the academic and moral character of degree candidates, the reasons for their withdrawal from the College, an account of candidates' achievements and experiences since leaving the College, and indicate whether or not the petition was granted. The petitions illustrate the loyalty and long-standing friendships among Harvard College classmates. Materials consist of handwritten and typewritten correspondence, petitions, students records, and letters of endorsement.

Historical note

Students who had withdrawn from the College prior to completing their coursework could be nominated by their classmates to receive degrees. Petitions were circulated and submitted on behalf of withdrawn students by their classmates. Many were circulated in advance of a class anniversary.

Arrangement

The records are in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

Discovered in the basement of Emerson Hall in 1947.

General note

This document last updated 2013 December 4.

Condition

Some folders show water and mold damage.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in December 2013 by Kate Bowers from a variety of information sources. The material was not examined.

Collection title was devised by the archivist. Folder information in square brackets was provided by the archivist.

Title
Harvard University. Corporation. Recommendations received for degrees out of course, 1874-1910: an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hua41013

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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