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COLLECTION Identifier: HUPSF (BP)

Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Subjects, oversize

The oversized images in this series chiefly depict the Harvard community and its environment, chiefly groups of people or places they inhabit and the format of the images is chiefly photographs. Rarely, images may be other two-dimensional images such as engravings, drawings, or paintings, or photographic reproductions of such two-dimensional artwork.

Dates

  • 1850-1989

Conditions on Use and Access

Some images may be restricted due to their physical condition. Such conditions will be noted in the list below. Please consult Reference Staff for details. If, at the time of retrieval, staff determine that an image is too fragile to be transported to the reading room or handled, additional restrictions on access may be imposed.

Extent

9 cubic feet

882 photographs

36 boxes

Oversized photographs chiefly depict the Harvard community and its environment, chiefly groups of people or places they inhabit. Some images included here are not photographs. Rarely, images may be other two-dimensional images such as engravings,drawings, or paintings, or photographic reproductions of such two-dimensional artwork.

List order and physical arrangement

This inventory lists the photographs in alphabetical order by category. The photographs themselves are stored according to size, so their physical arrangement does not match the order in which they are listed below.

Creation of the Photographic Subject File

The Photographic Subject file was compiled by Harvard University Archives staff starting in approximately the late 19th century. Staff generally filed photographs or other two-dimensional images, regardless of their source, into categories based on group name or topic in order to house them together and for ease of reference. This practice was ceased in the year 2000.

Photographs received after the year 2000 without context continue to be added to the HUPSF categories; however, photographs that are acquired in a context, either filed within textual collections or as part of primarily photographic collections, remain within their original collection or record group.

Acquisition Information

These images were acquired from the last third of the nineteenth century through the twenthieth century. The photographs either entered the University Archives alone or within larger collections or record groups.

Online access

Some of the images have been digitized and are available online. LInks to online images accompany the image description.

Related Material in the Harvard University Archives

Almost every collection in the Harvard University archives includes at least a small amount of photographic material. Some of the Archives' holdings are either primarily photographic or include large numbers of photographs. Search Harvard's on-line library information system (HOLLIS).
Large photographic collections
  1. Records of the Office of News and Public Affairs : Photographs. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04003
  2. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04006
  3. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, oversize. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua01009
  4. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Subjects. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua20004
  5. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Views. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua21004
  6. Undergraduate Class albums

Inventory update

This document last updated 2017 January 26.

Processing Information

Creation of this Finding Aid The lists of folders were typed by Laurie Maranian in August 2004. The large-size photographs were re-housed and listed in the Archives location database by Colin Lukens earlier that same year. The two lists were combined, the links to digitized images added, and the remainder of this finding aid was written by Kate Bowers in late August 2004.

Staff from the Weissman Preservation Center rehoused and provided physical image information for the images in this finding aid in the Spring of 2008. Digitized images and descriptive information for the oversized HUPSF images were added to the finding aid by Amy Devin in February 2009. The finding aid was finalized by Kate Bowers, Pat Donoghue, and Jennifer Pelose in late February 2009.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Subjects, oversize: an inventory
EAD ID
hua34008

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.

Contact:
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