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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...

Records of the Harvard University exhibition at the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893-1894

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.892
Overview: The World’s Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as The Chicago World’s Fair) was held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World in 1492. This collection documents the University’s exhibition at the Exposition, offering a visual representation of the growth and achievements of Harvard University from 1636 to 1893. The collection contains records of preparations...

Records of the Harvard University Tercentenary Celebration,

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.936
Overview: The tercentenary celebration of the founding of Harvard University highlighting Harvard’s educational resources and connections with American education and international scholarship officially began on November 7, 1935 and culminated on September 16-18, 1936. These records document the final ceremonial events of September 16-18, 1936, including invitations to delegates and their processional order. The bulk of the records consist of congratulatory messages presented to Harvard University by...

Records of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of Harvard College, 1886-1887, 1894

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.886
Overview: The records document the 250th anniversary celebration of the founding of Harvard College, also known as the “Harvard Jubilee,” held on November 5 through 8, 1886. Materials include circular letters, seating plans, advertisements, expense reports, speeches, badges, admission tickets, invitations, registration cards, circular letters, event programs, and letters which highlight the organizational and planning stages of the celebration and demonstrate the University-wide effort to realize a...

Records relating to Harvard's interest in the Charlestown ferry

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.707
Overview: In 1640, the Massachusetts General Court granted Harvard College the revenue from the Boston-Charlestown ferry to help support the institution. This collection contains documents created and collected by the Harvard Corporation in its capacity managing the Charlestown ferry from the 1640s until 1785, and after the completion of the Charles River Bridge in 1785, in their efforts to secure a compensatory annuity for their loss of income. Records include leases and bonds with ferrymen, and...

Records relating to Harvard's ownership of the sloop Cyrus

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.793
Overview: In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, much of the fuel wood used in Boston was cut on farms in New Hampshire and Maine and transported to the city by coastal sloops (a type of smaller sailing vessels). Between 1793 and 1798, Harvard College maintained the sloop Cyrus to transport wood from the College's property in Maine, through the Boston harbor, and up the Charles River to Cambridge. The wood was both sold at market and used to supply the College. This collection contains ownership...

Records relating to the adoption of crimson as the official Harvard University color, 1858, 1910, 1950

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.910
Overview: Crimson was first used as the Harvard College color by the Harvard crew team at the Boston City Regatta on June 19, 1858 and was officially designated as Harvard University’s color by a vote of the Harvard Corporation on May 23, 1910. Crimson is now used for various Harvard related insignia including pennants, doctoral gowns, neckties, and football helmets. This collection consists of two crimson silk handkerchiefs, one worn by the Harvard crew team in the Boston City Regatta in 1858, and a...

Records relating to the ceremonies in honor of Winston Churchill at Harvard University on 6 September 1943

Sub-Group Identifier: UAI 20.943

On September 6, 1943, Harvard University presented British Prime Minister Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Records include instructions to event staff, the text of Mr. Churchill's speech, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera such as programs, order of exercises, samples of tickets, and place cards.

Records relating to the founding of the Boylston Professorship of Rhetoric and Oratory

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.970

This collection documents the founding of the Boylston Professorship of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard which was endowed in 1771 by the will of Boston merchant Nicholas Boylston (1716-1771). The will, statutes, and other related documents describe the rules and regulations of the Boylston Professorship and demonstrate the selection process used to recruit and evaluate candidates to fill faculty positions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at Harvard University.

Records relating to the founding of the Hersey Professorship of the Theory and Practice of Physic

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.980

The committee reports and Corporation votes extracted from the Harvard Corporation meeting minutes in this collection document the legislative process by which the Hersey Professorship of the Theory and Practice of Physic, the Hersey Professorship of Anatomy and Surgery, and the Erving Professorship of Chemistry and Materia Medica, were established at Harvard College. The creation of these professorships led to the establishment of the Harvard Medical School in 1782.

Records relating to the publication of Harvard and the Federal Government, A Report to the Faculties and Governing Boards of Harvard University, 1959-1961

Collection Identifier: UAI 20.961
Overview: As a result of government research expenditures during and following World War II, Harvard University, as well as other universities and colleges in the United States, became increasingly involved in federal programs. In order to assess the significance of this new relationship between the government and Harvard, the school undertook a study of the impact of federal programs on the University. This collection chiefly documents the preparation of Harvard and the Federal...


Collection Identifier: UAI 15.1310
Overview: The Harvard College seal was first created in the 17th century as a legal symbol of authentication to validate official documents created by the University's governing bodies. Between the earliest depiction of the College seal in 1643 and the more recent 1935 manifestation, there have been multiple designs of the seal, and while all have incorporated a shield, inscriptions including Harvard's current motto "Veritas," and embellishments, design details have varied over the years....

Wills naming Harvard as a beneficiary

Collection Identifier: UAI 15.1404
Overview: In the 17th and 18th centuries, Harvard College relied on government grants and tax allocations, town subscriptions, and private donations to fund the school. Donations were often made as bequests and recorded in a donor's will. This collection contains copies of wills that include bequests to Harvard, and related papers such as court records and certificates of death. Most of the documents are copies kept by the Harvard Corporation to manage bequests, or were created and donated to the...