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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 many...

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...

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 for...

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 copies...

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 and...