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Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 3-7

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.115
Overview: At a special meeting of the Harvard 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. The first series of the Harvard College Papers comprises eleven volumes of historical and administrative records dating back as early as the mid-1600s arranged in chronological order. Papers that were accidentally overlooked, or newly discovered or received, were added later...

Corporation papers, 2nd series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers

Series Identifier: UAI 5.130
Overview: The Harvard Corporation is one of the goverrning bodies of Harvard University. These papers are chiefly comprised of copies of Corporation votes and correspondence of University administrators, circa 1826 to 1870.

Corporation records: waste-books, 1717-1827

Sub-Series Identifier: UAI 5.50
Overview: The Harvard Corporation (also known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College) was established in 1650 as one of the Governing Boards of Harvard University. This collection consists of draft notes of Harvard Corporation proceedings.


Collection Identifier: UAIII15.18.1
Overview: This collection contains 29 diplomas conferred by Harvard College from 1676 to 1799, acknowledging the successful completion of a course of study. Included among the diplomas in this collection are general diplomas; Bachelor of Arts diplomas; Master of Arts diplomas; and honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Divinity, and Master of Arts.

Division of Audio Visual Education records

Collection Identifier: Arch AA128
Overview: The records span the years 1945 to 1971 and document the department’s efforts to both contribute to a better understanding of the usefulness of visual aids in teaching and establish a film archive to complement its pioneering case method teaching.

Documentary History of the Library

Collection Identifier: HUF 523.6.73
Overview: This collection of printed documents, both published and unpublished, reflects the history, growth and management of the Harvard College Library from 1773 to 1879. Documents include Visiting Committee reports, library and sales catalogues, library regulations, circular letters to patrons and alumni, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, fundraising appeals, blank receipts for gifts to the library, and blank forms regarding borrowing privileges, book order requests, and arrival notifications.

Drafts of Faculty votes

Collection Identifier: UAIII 27.80
Overview: This collection contains drafts of five miscellaneous votes by the Harvard Faculty between 1742 and 1803 related to student behavior, both in specific cases and in the development of College rules. The Harvard Faculty, initially known as the Immediate Government, began holding meetings in 1725 to discuss educational and administrative concerns of the College. The group primarily consisted of the president of Harvard College, the professors, and the tutors. The documents in this collection...

Early Faculty minutes, 1725-1806

Collection Identifier: UAIII 5.5
Overview: This collection contains the official minutes of Harvard University Faculty meetings held from 1725 to 1806, as well as "waste books" (volumes containing notes taken at the meetings which were later edited and augmented to create the official minutes) and other unofficial minutes taken in 1760 and from 1771 to 1800. These early minutes predate the existence of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (established in 1890) and were taken at meetings of what was then simply called "the Faculty," which...

Early records of the Speaking Club

Collection Identifier: HUD 3803.2500
Overview: These early records of the Speaking Club, a private student club established at Harvard College as a forum for practicing oratory, contain information about club rules and regulations, signed declarations of its members, lists of speakers and their topics, meeting minutes, votes, orders, financial accounts, and other routine administrative information. The records also include information about the library kept by the Club for its members. These early records are only a subset of the existing...

Early records of the Steward, 1649-1812

Collection Identifier: UAI 71
Overview: The Steward was appointed by the Corporation to manage the residential operations of Harvard College. The Steward purchased the College's food provisions and fuel, and supervised the Butler and kitchen staff. The Steward also acted as the financial officer for student accounts, collecting tuition and room and board fees. This collection contains account books, bonds, bills, and receipts. The records document the day-to-day expenses of Harvard students, and place students and their families...