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The Benjamin Waterhouse papers, 1797-1829 (inclusive), consist of Waterhouse's (1754-1846) letters to colleagues, including Lyman Spalding (1775-1821), concerning smallpox inoculation and other medical topics. There are also copies of manuscript letters to the Harvard Corporation in which Waterhouse defends himself against allegations he was working against the interests of Harvard Medical School.
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.