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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
Overview: 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
Overview: 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
Overview: 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. This...

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 College...