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Bruce Willard Forbes letters to his parents

Collection Identifier: HUM 266
Overview: Bruce Willard Forbes (1921-2016) attended the University of Michigan, receiving his AB in French in 1942; in 1943, Forbes earned his MA from Harvard University. Forbes later entered the ministry and spent the next five decades as a priest at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. The collection contains seventy-six letters written by Forbes while he was a Harvard graduate student between January 29 and August 21, 1943. The letters document Forbes’ experiences as a student on the Harvard...

Thaddeus Mason Harris personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUG 1445
Overview:

Thaddeus Mason Harris (1768-1842) was a Harvard librarian, Unitarian minister, and author in Boston. This collection contains correspondence, sermons, and commonplace books of Harris, dated 1746-1846.

Letters to Lemuel Shaw

Collection Identifier: HUD 200.505
Overview:

This collection contains letters to Lemuel Shaw, dated 1798-1857, from five other members of the Harvard College class of 1800: Timothy Boutelle, Timothy Flint, Abiel Holbrook, William Sawyer, and Daniel Kimball. A folder enclosed with the correspondence indicates Shaw was on a committee to collect biographical information on the class of 1800, and these letters, which date from their college days until late adulthood, may have been used to compile a class book.

Records of Harvard College Observatory Director Joseph Winlock

Collection Identifier: UAV 630.10
Overview: Joseph Winlock (1826-1875) was an astronomer and mathematician who served as the third director of the Harvard College Observatory from 1866 until his death on June 11, 1875. The records document Joseph Winlock's tenure as director, and primarily consist of Winlock's incoming and outgoing correspondence files. The letters relate to Observatory publications, relationships with other scientific institutions, and discussions of astronomical and meteorological information. The records also...

Records of the Harvard College Observatory Chronometric Expedition

Collection Identifier: UAV 630.349
Overview: In the mid-nineteenth century, the Chronometric Expedition was carried out by the Harvard College Observatory, under the direction of William Cranch Bond and in conjunction with the United States Coast Survey. The expedition used chronometers that were made by William Bond & Son, the Bond family's private business, to determine differences of longitude between the observatories in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Liverpool, England. The records primarily consist of notebooks, data sheets,...

Records of Harvard College Observatory Director George Phillips Bond

Collection Identifier: UAV 630.6
Overview: The Records of Harvard College Observatory Director George Phillips Bond, consisting of correspondence and subject files, manuscript drafts, and astronomical data, chiefly document the research activities of the Harvard College Observatory from 1859 to 1865. Chronicled are observations of planets, including Mars and Jupiter; efforts to determine the brightness of stars; and the detection of comets, eclipses, and other astronomical phenomena. George Phillips Bond (1825-1865), an astronomer,...

Records of Harvard College Observatory Director William Cranch Bond

Collection Identifier: UAV 630.2
Overview: The Records of Harvard College Observatory Director William Cranch Bond document the founding, growth, and scientific research of the Harvard College Observatory primarily from 1840 to 1859. Also chronicled is the Observatory’s participation in advances made in astronomy, stellar photography, meteorology, continental exploration, and technological improvements in astronomical instruments in the early nineteenth century. William Cranch Bond (1789-1859), American astronomer and instrument...

Records of the Harvard College Observatory Time Service

Sub-Fonds Identifier: UAV 630.377
Overview: In 1872, under Director Joseph Winlock, the Harvard College Observatory established the world’s first public time service, which it provided as a commercial service until 1892. The Observatory sold its time service to railroads and businesses by sending hourly signals over Boston’s fire alarm system and distributing time across the region via Western Union telegraph lines; this work eventually resulted in the establishment of the country's first time zone. The Records of the Harvard College...

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.

Evro Layton personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 332
Overview: Evro Layton (1924-2005) was a bibliographer at the Harvard College Library from 1958 to 1968, where she was instrumental in improving the university's Modern Greek collection. Layton published various articles and books related to the history of Greek printing, particularly during the 16th century. The bulk of the collection includes photocopied reference materials, some with handwritten annotations, many of which are Greek language; these document Layton's research activities, particularly...

Frank A. Loda personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 286
Abstract: Frank Aloysius Loda, Jr., (born 1934), physician and professor, received his AB (1956) from Harvard University and his MD (1960) from Vanderbilt University (four years in medical school and one year as an intern in pediatrics). The collection contains approximately 550 letters and postcards from Loda to his family in Texarkana, Arkansas. The letters and postcards document Loda’s experiences as an undergraduate student at Harvard University from 1952 to 1956, and his post-graduate studies...

Letters from Francis P. Magoun, Jr. to Rudolf Hertz

Collection Identifier: HUM 331
Overview: The collection contains correspondence from Francis P. Magoun, Jr. to his friend Professor Rudolf Hertz from 1946-1953. Most of the letters discuss personal and family matters, while some letters include Magoun’s comments on the political volatility that existed during the Cold War in the 1950s, particularly the Cold War with the Soviet Union and United States involvement in the Korean War. Little in these letters chronicle Magoun’s teaching at Harvard University. Francis Peabody Magoun,...

André Morize personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUG 4582
Overview: André Morize (1883-1957), professor and French military captain, taught military science and French literature at Harvard from 1918 until his retirement in 1950. He served in an infantry regiment of the French Army from 1914 to 1917, as sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. In the 1920s, Morize established the French Summer School at Middlebury College, where he served as director until 1946. The collection consists of photographs, memorabilia, correspondence, writings, teaching and research...

Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents

Collection Identifier: HUD 815.69
Overview: Henry Bromfield Pearson (1795-1867), a lawyer who practiced in Philadelphia and Boston, was the son of Eliphalet Pearson, Harvard’s second Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages from 1786 to 1806, the College’s interim President from 1804 to 1806, and a member of the Harvard Corporation. After beginning his studies at Yale College as a member of the Class of 1815, Pearson entered Harvard College as a senior in 1815 and graduated with an A.B in 1816. All letters in this...

Papers of William Dandridge Peck

Collection Identifier: HUG 1677
Overview: William Dandridge Peck (1763-1822) was the first Massachusetts Professor of Natural History at Harvard. The Papers of William Dandridge Peck contain his personal and professional correspondence, travel journals, lectures, writings, and botanical and zoological drawings, dated 1775-1822. The collection also includes an obituary notice and auction catalogue of Peck’s library and research notes and transcripts of letters and journals of Peck by biographer Thomas Barbour, created circa...

Benjamin Peirce personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUG 1680
Overview:

Benjamin Peirce (1778-1831), a Harvard historian and librarian, was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He earned his AB from Harvard in 1801, and was a merchant and state legislator prior to his appointment as college librarian in 1826. This collection contains personal correspondence, student papers, political writings, and manuscripts, notes, and letters relating to Peirce's work on the history of Harvard University, dated 1787-1832.

Lawrence G. Smith personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 260
Overview:

The personal archive of Lawrence G. Smith documents his academic and social experiences as a Harvard undergraduate and graduate student, and as an alumnus. The collection includes Smith's personal correspondence, diaries, and Harvard College Class of 1959 reunion memorabilia.

Eileen Southern personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 253
Overview:

Eileen Jackson Southern (1920-2002) was the first African-American woman to be appointed as a tenured full professor at Harvard University, where she taught from 1975 to 1987. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, and publications that chronicle her time as a Harvard College professor and as Chair of the Afro-American Department, as well as her tenure at the City University of New York, and retirement.

Joseph LeVow Steinberg personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 335
Overview: The Joseph LeVow Steinberg personal archive contains correspondence and student materials chronicling Steinberg’s academic and social life at Harvard College from 1952 to 1959. Also included are Harvard ephemera collected by Steinberg both as a student and alumnus from 1936 to 2012 which document his participation in sport and cultural activities at Harvard College as well as his life-long interest in events at Harvard. Joseph LeVow Steinberg (born 1934), an attorney, received an AB from...

Edward W. Wagner personal archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 243
Overview: Edward Willett Wagner (1924-2001) was Professor of Korean Studies at Harvard for thirty-five years and was a pioneer in the study of Korean history in the United States. A specialist in pre-modern Korean history, Wagner's research centered on the study of the elite structure of Korea’s Yi (Chosŏn) dynasty. The Edward W. Wagner personal archive documents Wagner’s academic and professional career as a teacher, writer, and historian and highlights his role as an authority on the history and...

Wyman family archive

Collection Identifier: HUM 271
Overview: The collection documents five generations of the Wyman family, as well as the Morrill and Whitney families. It contains correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, notes, diaries, and financial documents, providing a view of New England daily life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The bulk of the collection relates to Rufus Wyman (1810-1870), Jeffries Wyman (1814-1874), Jeffries Wyman (1864-1941), Jeffries Wyman (1901-1995), and Anne Cabot Wyman (1929-2014) and families. Financial...