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SERIES Identifier: UAI 15.92

Architectural plans for Widener Library at Harvard University

Overview

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, located in Harvard Yard, was dedicated on Commencement Day in 1915. Construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1914. These records are architectural drawings and plans, including plans for the building itself as well as interior fixtures, from pre-construction through construction and alterations.

Dates

  • 1911-1961

Creator

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Extent

8.5 cubic feet (18 porfolio folders)
These records are architectural drawings and plans for the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library at Harvard University, including plans for the building itself as well as interior fixtures, from pre-construction through construction and alterations.

Historical note

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, located in Harvard Yard, was dedicated on Commencement Day in 1915. Construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1914. The building was funded with a gift from Eleanor Elkins Widener to honor the memory of her son, an avid book collector and 1907 graduate of Harvard College who died on the Titanic in 1912. The library was designed by Horace Trumbauer & Associates, with Julian F. Abele, a prominent African-American architect, as chief designer. Widener Library replaced Gore Hall, Harvard's first library building, which stood on the same site from 1838 to 1913.

Obsolete folder numbers

UAI 15.92.2 was formerly included as part of this collection and was housed in Folder 14. There is no longer a folder 14 in this collection.

Acquisition Information

Records transferred to the Harvard University Archives.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 August 29.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in December 2013 by Kate Bowers from a cursory inspection of the material and a variety of information sources.

Titles were devised by the archivist.
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Creator

Title
Harvard University. Architectural plans for Widener Library at Harvard University, 1911-1961: an inventory
Author
Harvard University Archives
EAD ID
hua49013

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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