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The mathematical theses consist of equations and drawings which illustrate the equations. At the time of their creation, the purpose of these finely executed documents on large sheets of paper was to demonstrate a student's mastery of one or more mathematical concepts, yet the enduring value of many of the them lies in the fact that they are works of art.
Benjamin Wadsworth (1750-1826), a Danvers, Massachusetts, minister, was born on July 18, 1750, in Milton. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in 1769 and received an AM in 1772. This collection consists of an estate document and deed of his father, Benjamin Wadsworth (1707-1771), as well as a wooden box cover with an engraving of Harvard Hall and surrounding buildings, dated 1765-1775.