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COLLECTION Identifier: UAI 5.100

Harvard College Papers, 1st series, 1636-1825, 1831.

At a special meeting of the Corporation on February 6, 1850, the President and Fellows voted to have all manuscript papers related to the history of the College and College affairs identified, arranged, and bound. James W. Harris, an assistant in the Library who also served as an assistant to President Jared Sparks, was assigned the task of arranging and indexing the papers. The first series of College Papers comprises eleven volumes of historical and administrative records dating from 1651 to 1825 (as well as an 1831 document from the tenure of President Josiah Quincy). The collection chiefly consists of correspondence between College administrators (including the president, treasurer, steward, and librarian), professors, and tutors. The Papers also contain reports of committees and departments; copies of official memorials and petitions to the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers, as well as to the General Court of Massachusetts; copies of Harvard charters; financial records; plans of property; copies of votes by the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers; memoranda; bills of lading for goods shipped to the College; building estimates; and subscription papers for funds.

Dates

  • 1636-1825, 1831.

Conditions on Use and Access

The Harvard College Papers, 1st series is closed for research use due to the collection's fragile condition.

Positive microfilm of the Harvard College Papers, 1st series (UAI 5.131) is available for research use. Digital copies of the positive microfilm appear at the series level in this finding aid.

Negative microfilm of the Harvard College Papers, 1st series (UAI 5.132) is also available.

Extent

2 cubic feet (11 volumes)

The first series of College Papers comprise eleven volumes of historical and administrative records relating to the history of the College and College affairs dating from 1651 to 1825 (as well as an 1831 document from the tenure of President Josiah Quincy). The collection chiefly consists of correspondence between College administrators (including the president, treasurer, steward, and librarian), professors, and tutors. The Papers also contain reports of committees and departments; copies of official memorials and petitions to the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers, as well as to the General Court of Massachusetts; copies of Harvard charters; financial records; plans of property; copies of votes by the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers; memoranda; bills of lading for goods shipped to the College; building estimates; and subscription papers for funds. Half of the collection dates from the tenures of president John Thornton Kirkland (1810-1828) and treasurer John Davis (1810-1827).

The Papers offer thorough documentation of many aspects of College affairs. Topics covered in the correspondence include finances; curriculum; appointments and resignations of faculty (including those who declined appointment); the establishment and duties of professorships; bequests and legacies; student discipline and disorder; construction and repairs to College buildings and houses occupied by faculty members; donations to the library; appointments to the Boylston Medical Committee and the awarding of the Boylston prizes; responsibilities of the Steward including commons and the procurement of wood, as well as routine maintenance of the College including the cleaning of student rooms and sweeping chimneys; and special events including commencement and inaugurations. Other topics of note include in the establishment of the Harvard Medical School in 1782, the Harvard Divinity School in 1816, and the Harvard Law School in 1817, as well as changes in the organization of the Board of Overseers and the Corporation.

The Papers also provide evidence of Harvard’s relationship with the immediate community and beyond. Included is documentation of the Charlestown Ferry, the West Boston Bridge, and the Cambridge and Concord Turnpike, as well as records of community members (including women) who rented or purchased land or property from the College. The relationship between Harvard and the state government is revealed through copies of official memorials and petitions to the General Court (most often requesting additional grants or aid from the Court). Correspondence from administrators at other colleges and universities throughout the United States include introductions for scholars and faculty, requests for recommendations of faculty for open positions, and notifications of student disorders. Correspondence from Harvard faculty and alumni describe travel in England, Germany, Scotland, and Sweden. Of particular note are letters from four United States presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams, as well as politicians Henry Clay and Daniel Webster.

Throughout the volumes can be found evidence of Harvard’s support of ministry to and education of Native Americans in the correspondence of missionaries Gideon Hawley (1727-1807) and Phineas Fish (1785-1854) at Mashpee (or Marshpee), Massachusetts; Samuel Kirkland (1741-1808) at Oneida, New York; John Sergeant, Jr. (1747-1824) at Stockbridge, Massachusetts (and later New York); and Frederick Baylies (1774-1836) among the Chappaquiddick Indians on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Early missionary activities were funded by the Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England, an English organization whose funds were administered by Harvard, and the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge. The collection chiefly documents the work of the New England organization the Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Indians and Others in North America, which was founded in 1787. While the correspondence primarily concerns financial topics, it includes some reports of mission and school activities, as well as some details of individual Native Americans and African Americans. The collection also includes a report from a member of the Narragansett Tribe, Council Clerk Tobias Ross, detailing the status of Native American schools on Martha’s Vineyard.

Topics tangentially reflected within the Papers include the First Great Awakening, Shay’s Rebellion, efforts in the late 1790s to determine the St. Croix river boundary between the United States and British Canada, the War of 1812, the 1819 Supreme Court case of the Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, and General Lafayette’s attendance at Harvard’s commencement in 1824. There is little direct documentation of the American Revolution, although evidence of the effects of the Revolution, such as damages to Harvard buildings occupied by troops, the proposed occupation of Harvard buildings by General Burgoyne’s surrendered army, and the depreciation of currency, is included.

Historical note

At a special meeting of the Corporation on February 6, 1850, the President and Fellows voted that "the President cause to be examined and arranged all the manuscript papers relating to the College, whether records, letters, or other papers now in Gore Hall or other buildings of the University, and procure such as are worthy of preservation to be substantially bound." James W. Harris, an assistant in the Library who also served as an assistant to President Jared Sparks, was assigned the task of arranging and indexing the papers.

Historical and administrative records dating back as early as the mid 1600s were gathered together and arranged in chronological order in bound volumes which were then placed in the Library. After 1850, historical records continued to be collected and arranged on an intermittent basis. Papers that were accidentally overlooked, or newly discovered or received, were added later as supplements.

Each volume of the College Papers contains an index which refers to page numbers. In the late nineteenth century, Keeper of the Archives William Garrott Brown numbered each of the documents in the first five volumes which he used to assemble a calendar, or descriptive inventory. As part of the current project, the processing archivist numbered all documents in the remaining six volumes.
Note regarding date conventions Some documents dated between January 1 and March 25 before 1752 have been cited with the double date convention, e.g., March 13, 1638/9. This convention was used in England and the North American colonies between 1582 and 1752. The first date refers to the year according to the Julian calendar, which began on March 25, while the second refers to the year according to the Gregorian calendar, which began on January 1.

Note on digitial copies of positive microfilm of the Harvard College Papers, 1st series

For Volumes 1-5, item numbers listed in this finding aid correspond with item numbers appearing on digital copies of the positive microfilm.

For Volumes 6-11, item numbers listed in this finding aid were assigned by the archivist after the creation of the positive microfilm. Digital copies of the positive microfilm for these volumes do not contain item numbers.

Related Materials

Records the Harvard University Archives relating to College administration and finances
  1. Harvard University. Corporation. Records of the Harvard Corporation
  2. Harvard University. Board of Overseers. Formal meeting minutes, 1707-1932 (UAII 5.5): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua39010
  3. Harvard University. Treasurer. Records of the Treasurer of Harvard University (UAI 50.xx): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua05009
  4. Harvard University. Records of the Faculty relating to disorders, 1768-ca. 1880s (UAIII 15.21.6): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua31010
  5. Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Early Faculty minutes, 1725-1806 (UAIII 5.5): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua21010
  6. Harvard University. Records of Harvard lotteries, 1772-1814 (UAN 1): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua56010
  7. Harvard University. Steward. Early records of the Steward, 1649-1812 (UAI 71): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua19010
  8. Harvard University. Corporation. Records of Grants for Work among the Indians, 1720-1812 (UAI 20.720): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04010
  9. Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828 (UAI 5.120): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012
  10. Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers, 1st series, supplements to volumes I and II (Brown folios), 1636-1785 (UAI 5.110)
  11. Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers, 1st series, supplements to volumes III, IV, V, VI, and VII (Lane folios), 1785-1815 (UAI 5.115)
  12. Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers: Calendar, 1636-1815 (UAI 5.102)
Presidents papers at the Harvard University Archives
  1. Mather, Increase, 1639-1723. Papers of Increase Mather (UAI 15.860): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua28004
  2. Leverett, John, 1662-1724. Papers of John Leverett (UAI 15.866): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua29004
  3. Wadsworth, Benjamin, 1670-1737. Papers of Benjamin Wadsworth (UAI 15.868): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua01005
  4. Holyoke, Edward, 1689-1769. Papers of Edward Holyoke (UAI 15.870): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua02005
  5. Locke, Samuel, 1731-1778. Papers of Samuel Locke (UAI 15.872): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua03005
  6. Langdon, Samuel, 1723-1797. Papers of Samuel Langdonhttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04005
  7. Willard, Joseph, 1738-1804. Papers of Joseph Willard (UAI15.874): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua05005
  8. Webber, Samuel, 1759-1810. Papers of Samuel Webber (UAI 15.878): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua06005
  9. Kirkland, John Thornton, 1770-1840. Papers of John Thornton Kirkland (UAI 15.880): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua22001
Papers of selected Harvard faculty and administrators at the Harvard University Archives
  1. Pearson, Eliphalet, 1752-1826. Papers of Eliphalet Pearson, 1768-1819 (HUM 79): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua14011
  2. Winthrop, John, 1714-1779. Papers of John and Hannah Winthrop, 1728-1789 (HUM 9): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua07010
Records at the Harvard University Archives relating to gifts, donations, and bequests
  1. Harvard University. Corporation. Records of gifts and donations, 1643-1955 (UAI 15.400): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua33010
  2. Harvard University. Corporation. Wills naming Harvard as a beneficiary, 1660-1931 (UAI 15.1404): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua37010
Records at the Harvard University Archives relating to land, property, and buildings
  1. Harvard University. Corporation. Records of land and property owned by Harvard University, 1643-1835 (UAI 15.750): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua28010
  2. Harvard University. Corporation. Records of early Harvard buildings, 1710-1969 (UAI 15.10.5): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua50010

Separated Materials

Selected items were removed from the College Papers at various times. Some of these items have known new locations in collections at the Harvard University Archives and Houghton Library. The separated materials are listed in this inventory. The list of separated materials includes their current location if known.
Separated Materials These items were originally contained within the collection and are described in the volumes' indexes, but were removed from the collection at an unknown date. Their current location, when known, is noted in the list below.
Items removed from Volume 1
  1. Item 2: Orders for a military company, made by the Governor and Council, and firmed by the General Court, March 13, 1638/9
  2. Items 3-4: Constitution of Overseers and Corporation, ca. 1720s Scope and content: Listed in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Items 3 and 4. Two-leaf folio-sized handwritten copy of the 1642 General Court legislation and the Charter of 1650 attested, "Taken out of the College Records A true Copy compared p Henry Flynt." The verso has a handwritten title: "Constitution of Overseers and Corporation." Separated Material: Removed from UAI 5.100. Can be found in Harvard University. Charters and legislative acts relating to governance of Harvard, 1650-1814: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua10011 (UAI 15.100 Box 3, Folder 4).
  3. Item 22: Bill of lading of books sent to the College by Sir John Maynard, March 24, 1681 Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 2, Folder 3).
  4. Item 23a: Note from R. W. Winthrop, Jr., accompanying gift of the following (See 23b), December 16, 1886.
  5. Item 23b: Returns about College Subscriptions, May 1680 Scope and content: One-page handwritten list of the college subscriptions made by nearby Massachusetts towns in contribution towards the "new buildings of the Colledge." Written by a committee appointed by the General Court. Identified in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Item 23b. Separated Material: Removed from UAI 5.100. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Records of gifts and donations, 1643-1955: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua33010 (UAI 15.400 Box 2, Folder 9).
  6. Item 24: Returns about College Subscriptions, October 1680 Scope and content: One-page handwritten list written of the college subscriptions made by Massachusetts towns in support of Harvard. The list was made on the "further order" of the General Court. Identified in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Item 24. Separated Material: Removed from UAI 5.100. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Records of gifts and donations, 1643-1955: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua33010 (UAI 15.400 Box 2, Folder 10).
  7. Item 28: Provisions of the special committee appointed by the Overseers to see to the orderly observance of commencement. In the handwriting of Increase Mather.
  8. Item 35: Queries worthy of consideration, [1700] xlink:href="http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:3333135?buttons=y" Scope and content: Described in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Item 35. Separated Material: Removed from UAI 5.100. Can be found in Mather, Increase, 1639-1723. Papers of Increase Mather: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua28004 (UAI 15.860 Box 1, Folder 3).
  9. Item 36: Queries worthy of consideration, [1700] (undated manuscript copy) xlink:href="http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:3333138?buttons=y"Scope and content: Described in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Item 36. Separated Material: Removed from UAI 5.100. Can be found in Mather, Increase, 1639-1723. Papers of Increase Mather: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua28004 (UAI 15.860 Box 1, Folder 4).
  10. Item 41: Letter from Increase Mather to John Richards, June 12, 1693 http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:3333132?buttons=y Scope and content: Described in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Item 41. Separated Material: Removed from UAI 5.100. Can be found in Mather, Increase, 1639-1723. Papers of Increase Mather: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua28004 (UAI 15.860 Box 1, Folder 2).
  11. Item 46: Oratio salutatoria in .... The name Thomas Banister is signed to one of the loose sheets, of which there are several. Can be found in HUC 6697.90.
  12. Item 131: Letter from Cotton Mather to Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Webb, June 10, 1721/2 Scope and content: Described in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Item 131. Separated Material: Transferred to Houghton Library, 1973. Can be found in Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Papers: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou01836 MS Am 2389 (5).
  13. Item 132: Letter from Cotton Mather to Thomas Prince, January 10, 1721/2 Scope and content: Described in Calendar, Vol. 1 as Item 132. Separated Material: Transferred to Houghton Library, 1973. Can be found in Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Papers: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou01836 MS Am 2389 (4).
Items removed from Volume 2
  1. Item 5: Invoice of goods shipped on board the Devonshire, August 17, 1765. Removed for Tercentenary exhibit. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 7, Folder 6). A copy of a typescript of the document can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 2, Folder 66).
  2. Item 8: Invoice of goods shipped on board the John & Sukey, September 20, 1765. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 7, Folder 7). A copy of a typescript of the document can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 2, Folder 66).
  3. Item 25: Invoice of case shipped by Joseph Mico, April 24, 1767. Removed for the Tercentenary Exhibit. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 2, Folder 68).
  4. Item 66: John Hancock's bond as treasurer, August 30, 1773. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:4734371?buttons=yCan be found in Hancock, John, 1737-1793. John Hancock Collection, 1754-1792: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua06010 (UAI 50.27.73 Box 1, Folder 31)
  5. Item 67: list of bonds belonging to Harvard College, signed by John Hancock, September 2, 1773. Can be found in Harvard University. Treasurer. Records of the Treasurer of Harvard University: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua05009 (UAI 50.15. 36 Box 1, Folder 4)
  6. Item 69: Letter from Thomas Brand Hollis to John Hancock, May 28, 1774Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Records of gifts and donations, 1643-1955: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua33010 (UAI 15.400 Box 2, Folder 30)
  7. Item 70: Samuel Langdon to Thomas Brand Hollis, 1774? http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:3333490?buttons=yCan be found in Langdon, Samuel, 1723-1797. Papers of Samuel Langdon: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04005 (UAI 15.874 Box 1, Folder 4).
  8. Item 72: Samuel Langdon to Timothy Hollis, 1775? http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:3333495?buttons=yCan be found in Langdon, Samuel, 1723-1797. Papers of Samuel Langdon: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04005 (UAI 15.874 Box 1, Folder 5).
  9. Item 75: Resolve of House of Representatives empowering the President and Fellows to remove the library and apparatus to Concord, November 7, 1775Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 2, Folder 74).
  10. Item 81: Letter from Samuel Langdon for the Harvard Corporation to John Hancock, April 22, 1777. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:4734395?buttons=yCan be found in Hancock, John, 1737-1793. John Hancock Collection, 1754-1792: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua06010 (UAI 50.27.73 Box 1, Folder 53)
  11. Item 86: Catalogue of books selected from sequestered libraries for the use of the students in Harvard College, 1778. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 1, Folder 44).
  12. Item 87: Report of a Committee appointed by the Corporation to select books from sequestered libraries, 1778. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 1, Folder 45).
  13. Item 88: E. Storer's memorandum of what passed between Mr. Hancock and him respecting the College papers and accts.", 1778. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:4734400?buttons=yCan be found in Hancock, John, 1737-1793. John Hancock Collection, 1754-1792: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua06010 (UAI 50.27.73 Box 1, Folder 58)
  14. Item 90: Resolve passed by the House of Representatives appropriating certain books from the squestered libraries to the use of Harvard College, April 16 and 17, 1778. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 1, Folder 46).
  15. Item 96: Account of damages done to the Colleges by the army after April 19th 1775. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 8). http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:1074947?buttons=y http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:1074948?buttons=y
  16. Item 117: Copy of Chapter V, Section I of the constitution. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828 (UAI 5.120 Box 2, Folder 75).
  17. Item 142: Meeting vote of the faculty, making Wigglesworth acting president, August 16, 1780.
  18. Item 143: Petition of James Anderson to the Corporation, September 29, 1780. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 1, Folder 55).
  19. Item 175: A view of the livings of the President, the Hollis professors and the tutors of harvard college from 1750-1781. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 7, Folder 12).
  20. Item 176: Remarks on the view of instructors' livings.Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 1, Folder 59).
  21. Item 180: Letter from Edward Wigglesworth to Joseph Willard "to be communicated to the committee," March 7, 1782. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 1, Folder 60).
  22. Item 196: Letter from Joseph Willard to Ebenezer Storer, September 4, 1783. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 3, Folder 3).
Items removed from Volume 3
  1. Item 82: Rough draft of an address of the Corporation to President Washington, October 23, 1789. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 4, Folder 2).
  2. Item 83: Letter from George Washington, Boston, to the President and Fellows, October 27, 1789. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 4, Folder 3).
  3. Item 85: Address of the Corporation to Governor Hancock, January 1, 1780 [January 1, 1781]. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:4734369?buttons=yCan be found in Hancock, John, 1737-1793. John Hancock Collection, 1754-1792: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua0601 (UAI 50.27.73 Box 1, Folder 3)
  4. Item 121: Account of the medical institution, letter from Cambridge to the editors of the Massachusetts Magazine, August 16, 1791. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 3, Folder 19).
  5. Item 155: Address of the President and Fellows to the General Court, June 3, 1793.Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 4, Folder 6).
Items removed from Volume 5
  1. Item 50: Letter from Samuel Webber to the Corporation and Overseers, March 20, 1806, accepting the presidencyCan be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 4, Folder 28).
  2. Item 110: Letter from Samuel Webber to Jonathan Jackson, November 6, 1807Can be found in Webber, Samuel, 1759-1810. Papers of Samuel Webber, 1806-1815: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua06005 (UAI 15.878 Box 1)
Items removed from Volume 6
  1. Two documents relating to Commencement on August 29, 1810 were originally found on page 61.
  2. A letter from John Thornton Kirkland to the Board of Overseers, October 1, 1810, accepting the presidency, was originally found on page 65. Can be found in Kirkland, John Thornton, 1770-1840. Papers of John Thornton Kirkland: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua22001 (UAI 15.880 Box 1, Folder 23)
  3. A letter from John Thornton Kirkland to the Board of Overseers, October 5, 1810, discussing the furnishing of the president's house, was originally found on page 65. Can be found in Kirkland, John Thornton, 1770-1840. Papers of John Thornton Kirkland: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua22001 (UAI 15.880 Box 1, Folder 24)
  4. A circular of the medical instructors of Harvard College respecting lectures, 1811, was originally found on page 83. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 3, Folder 78).
Items removed from Volume 7
  1. A letter from John Thornton Kirkland to John Davis, November 17, 1812, about the College seals, was originally found on page 39. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 4, Folder 42).
  2. A letter from John Thornton Kirkland to John Davis, March 29, 1813, about the printing establishment was originally found on page 48.Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 6, Folder 1).
  3. A letter from John Thornton Kirkland to John Davis, June 1813, about the plate for the cornerstone of the new building was originally found on page 53. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 5, Folder 2).
  4. A document dated July 1, 1813 with draft remarks on the laying of the cornerstone of the new building was originally found on page 55. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 5, Folder 3).
  5. A plan of college buildings and lot, from Mr. Bulfinch, 1814, was originally found on page 60. At an unknown date it was removed from the volume. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Records of early Harvard buildings, 1710-1969: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua50010 (UAI 15.10.5 Box 1, Folder 51).
  6. Letter from Alban Elwell to Caleb Gannett, August 9, 1814, informing him of the capture and burning of the sloop Harvard was originally found on page 72. Can be found in UAI 20.801.
  7. A letter from John Gorham to John Thornton Kirkland, August 26, 1814, about alterations and additions in the Chemical Laboratory was originally found on page 73. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 5, Folder 7).
  8. A letter from J. T. Kirkland to [J. Lowell,] August 19, 1815, notifying him of his election as Lecturer on Jurisprudence was originally found on page 89.
Items removed from Volume 8
  1. A letter from John Thornton Kirkland to J. Lowell, August 14, 1815, was originally found on page 1. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 6, Folder 5).
  2. A letter from Edward Everett to John Davis, October 9, 1815, about purchasing books, was originally found on page 3. Can be found in the Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. Papers of Edward Everett: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua11005 (UAI 15.884 Box 2).
  3. Address at inauguration of first Royall Professor of Law, April 17, 1816, was originally found on page 17. It was removed by C.E. Walton for the Tercentenary Exhibition. Can be found in UAI 15.1023.
  4. A letter from John Adams to John Thornton Kirkland, July 10, 1816, regarding his subscription to the Theological establishment, was originally found in page 22. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:1076474 Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 5, Folder 11).
  5. A draft of a letter from John Thornton Kirkland to Abiel Holmes, December 12, 1816, about the plan of instruction in the Theological Seminary was originally found on page 34. It was removed by C.E. Walton for the Tercentenary Exhibit. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 6, Folder 8).
  6. A list of candidates for degrees, August 27, 1817, was originally found on page 61. It was removed at an unknown date.
  7. A list of candidates for degrees, August 1818, was originally found on page 81. It was removed at an unknown date.
  8. Remarks of President Kirkland in the Chapel upon the students attending the theater, March 29, 1819, were originally found on page 94. The document was removed at an unknown date. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 5, Folder 15).
Items removed from Volume 9
  1. An anonymous letter to John Thornton Kirkland, December 20, 1819, about students frequenting the theatre, was originally found on page 27. Can be found in Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012 (UAI 5.120 Box 5, Folder 17).
  2. A letter from William Croswell to the Harvard Corporation, June 6, 1821, was originally found on page 75. It was removed for the Library exhibit, March 1939.

References

  • Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation records : minutes, 1643-1989. Volume IX, 1847-1856, p. 133. UAI 5.130, Harvard University Archives.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2018 January 9.

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Processing Note Processing Archivist Juliana Kuipers surveyed and described this collection between July 2011 and February 2012.

Preservation and description of the Harvard College Papers, 1st series, was supported, in part, by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

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Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers, 1st series, 1636-1825, 1831 : an inventory
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