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Harvard College Papers, 1st series

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.100
Overview: 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...

Harvard College Papers, 2nd series

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.125
Overview:

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. Loose records were gathered into two sets of volumes. Each set was named "Harvard College Papers," and the sets became "1st series" and "2nd series". This second series holds material similar to that of the first series, dated from 1826 to 1863.

Admittaturs

Collection Identifier: UAIII 15.5.8
Overview: From the Latin meaning "be admitted," an admittatur served as a student's certificate of admission to Harvard College beginning in the 1650s. The collection contains admittaturs to Harvard College signed by the President and several Tutors and Fellows. The admittaturs document a component of the College's 17th and 18th century admissions procedures, and the manuscript and printed copies of the College laws complement the Laws and Statutes collection and provide insight into the Harvard...

Buildings papers on Appleton Chapel

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.60.x
Overview:

Harvard University's Appleton Chapel was constructed in 1855-1856. It was designed by architect Paul Schulze as a stand-alone building to replace the chapel in University Hall. Appleton Chapel as a structure was replaced in turn by Memorial Church. Memorial Church was dedicated in 1932. The Appleton Chapel continues as a named chapel within the new building. This collection holds a scattering of records relating to the design, dedication, and use of the chapel.

Buildings papers on Gore Hall, 1840 and 1907

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.48
Overview:

Gore Hall housed the Harvard College Library. It was designed by Richard Bond, built in 1838, and demolished in 1913 to make way for the Harry Elkins Widener Library. This collection holds a scattering of architectural drawings for the design and re-design of Gore Hall.

College Books, 1636-1827

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.5
Overview: This collection consists of eight bound volumes, known as the College Books, which contain Harvard Corporation records from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. They include the earliest known Corporation records. In addition to extensive minutes from Corporation meetings, the College Books also contain early minutes of Harvard's Board of Overseers and entries about a broad range of other topics, including donations from Thomas Hollis, the roles and responsibilities of the...

Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.120
Overview: This artificial collection is comprised of loose documents relating to the Harvard Corporation gathered by archivists during the winter of 1933 and arranged chronologically as part of a project to compile and arrange miscellaneous University records that was prompted by a Corporation vote in 1850. The collection chiefly consists of copies of Corporation votes and correspondence of University administrators, circa 1650-1828. The collection also includes financial documents, including...

Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 1 and 2

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.110
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...

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...

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.

Diplomas

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.

Harvard University Admission books, 1823-1884

Collection Identifier: UAIII 15.5
Overview:

The Harvard Corporation's role in examining and documenting candidates for admission evolved over time. These books were part of the Corporation's routine records for a practice that ceased in 1884. Contains lists of admitted students with their signatures.

Laws and statutes of Harvard

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.800
Overview: The Harvard laws and statutes, first compiled in 1642 and revised periodically thereafter, defined appropriate student conduct, and detailed the requirements for admitted students; later laws included regulations for the library, the steward and butler, and governors and officers of the College. The collection contains manuscript copies of College laws from 1655 through 1789, a handwritten copy of the "Freshmen laws," and printed copies of laws in both draft and published forms from 1790...

Harvard University Corporation Papers relating to the Marshpee Indians Digital

Series Identifier: UAI 20.811
Overview: The collection contains handwritten records kept by Harvard University relating to the interactions between the Marshpee Indians and Reverend Phineas Fish from his appointment as pastor for the Marshpee Indians by Harvard in 1811 until his departure in 1841. Chiefly consisting of correspondence between administrators of Harvard University, local government officials, and Phineas Fish, the volume also includes contracts, petitions, and a small printed booklet relating to the legal case...

Recommendations received for degrees out of course, 1874-1910

Sub-Series Identifier: UAI 15.330.4
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.

Harvard University Corporation records: minutes

Collection Identifier: UAI 5.30
Overview: The Harvard Corporation (also known as The President and Fellows of Harvard College), was established by the Massachusetts General Court in 1650 with responsibilty for managing Harvard's academic, financial, and policy matters. The minutes document the Corporation's role in the governance of the University, its decisions, University business practices, and Harvard's evolution from a small college into a modern university. Pre-1827 minutes in this collection are 19th century copies...

Records of early Harvard buildings, 1710-1969

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.10.5
Overview: The Records of early Harvard buildings consist of floor plans, drawings, receipts, estimates, and correspondence resulting from the construction of Harvard College buildings in the Old Yard during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The records include several drawings and floor plans of Massachusetts Hall, the oldest surviving building at Harvard; as well as correspondence, notes, and sketches from the construction of University Hall, designed by architect Charles Bulfinch. In...

Records of gifts and donations

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.400
Overview: In the 17th and 18th century, Harvard College relied on government grants and tax allocations, town subscriptions, and private donations to fund the school. The history of donations at Harvard reflects both the generosity of donors and the challenges of collecting funds in a colony lacking an established financial structure. The Records of donations and gifts document contributions made to Harvard University by private citizens, companies, the Massachusetts colonial and state governments,...

Records of grants for work among the Indians

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.720
Overview: These records document Harvard’s administrative and financial sponsorship of missionary work among several Native American tribes between 1720 and 1812. The collection includes the missionary journals of Samuel Kirkland (1741-1808), who lived among the Oneida tribe in New York for more than forty years, and John Sergeant (1747-1824), who lived among the Stockbridge tribe in Massachusetts and New York for almost fifty years. In addition to their documentation of Sergeant's and Kirkland's...

Records of land and property owned by Harvard University

Collection Identifier: UAI15.750
Overview: In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Harvard received numerous gifts of land and property from benevolent individuals as well as from the General Court of Massachusetts and the proprietors of several settlements in western Massachusetts. The Records of land and property owned by Harvard University contain records related to the land and property owned and managed by Harvard between 1643 and 1835 and include legal documents, leases and memoranda, surveyors' plans and appraisals of...

Records of the Corporation relating to College tax exemptions

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.799
Overview: This collection contains documents created and collected by the Harvard Corporation as part of their efforts between 1797 and 1799 to persuade the Massachusetts General Court to enact legislation increasing the monetary value of their real estate tax-exemption. The Corporation's efforts incited protest from the town of Cambridge which argued that the exemptions placed a burden on the town by unfairly limiting their tax revenue. The collection offers a resource for studying the College's...

Records of the Harvard Bicentenary Celebration

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.836.xx
Overview:

The records document some of the activities related to the Harvard Bicentenary Celebration held on September 8, 1836. Materials include extracts listing the votes of the Corporation about the 1836 celebration, a plan for the evening illumination of Holworthy Hall, a volume of autographs signed by Harvard graduates and guests, blank tickets for the “Dinner of the Alumni” held during the celebration and letters from Harvard alumni confirming their attendance at the dinner.

Records of the Harvard Exhibit at the Paris Exposition

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.900.1
Overview: The Paris Exposition (also called the Exposition Universelle of 1900) was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from April 15 through November 12, 1900. The collection consists chiefly of some of the exhibit charts used by Harvard University in the Department of Education and Social Economy at the Paris Exposition. The charts, arranged in double columns with one in English, and the other in French, illustrated the growth of Harvard University and its contribution to education in the United...

Records of the Harvard exhibit at the St. Louis Exposition

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.904.5
Overview: The St. Louis Exposition (also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition) was an international exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri from April 30 through December 1, 1904 to celebrate the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and book lists documenting the efforts of Harvard University Librarian William Coolidge Lane (1859-1931) to compile a comprehensive listing of books authored and edited by Harvard graduates and faculty to be...