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HUD 9000

Harvard University. Baseball Collection : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUD 9000
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University.
Title: Baseball collection,
Date(s): 1867-1980, 2004-2005
Quantity: 7 cubic feet (13 boxes)
Abstract: This collection consists chiefly of ephemera and information about baseball at Harvard; it also includes baseball clothing and equipment. The earliest original artifacts are tickets in the 1867 folder.

Acquisition Information:

The material in this collection was received from a variety of sources or collected by the Harvard University Archives (or its predecessor, the Harvard College Library) in small amounts over many years. Acquisition information was not often recorded. Where acquisition information is available for an item, it appears in the inventory below. Portions appear to have originated from disassembled scrapbooks.

Custodial Information:

Archivists in the Harvard University Archives and their predecessors assembled baseball ephemera from numerous sources to create this collection. Archivists and librarians had placed it in roughly chronological order.

Processing Information:

From October 2005 to January 2006, this collection was re-processed by intern Kurt Eichner who made date estimates for all undated material and edited the chronological order. He also placed all items in appropriate archival containers.
During the spring and summer of 2006, Kate Bowers and Juliana Kuipers distinguished between the records proper and the assembled ephemera, inserted equipment and clothing into the ephemera collection, and produced two separate descriptions. One of these descriptions is this collection, the "Harvard University Baseball Collection," which consists chiefly of ephemera from largely unknown sources. The other is the Records of the Harvard University Base Ball Club (HUD 9500): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua02006. The records are the products of team organization, administration, and coaching and chiefly came from the persons responsible for those activities.
Most newspaper clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free paper; an exception was made only in cases where the content was primarily visual in which photocopying would have diminished the clarity of the image. The presence of images is noted in the description.
Photographs that had been housed in this collection have been moved to the Harvard University Photograph Subject Files : Baseball (HUPSF Baseball): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua20004

Conditions on Use and Access:

Open for research.
Some material may require special handling due to fragility. Consult reference staff for details.

Related Materials

In the Harvard University Archives:
Also search in HOLLIS, Harvard's on-line library information system, for other works by and about baseball at Harvard, including The H Book of Harvard Athletics, 1852-1922 and The Second H Book of Harvard Athletics, 1923-1963. Some book-like items contained in this collection are also cataloged individually in HOLLIS.

Chronology of Harvard University Baseball, 1858-2006

Baseball was played by members of the Harvard community shortly before the Civil War, circa 1858. The sport was formally organized on campus in 1864, and has been played continuously since then. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the team was organized first under the auspices of the Harvard Athletic Association and later under the Harvard University Department of Athletics.




The collection is arranged in three groups:

Scope of the Harvard University Baseball Collection

This collection chiefly consists of ephemera and information about baseball at Harvard; the collection also contains baseball clothing and equipment. The earliest original artifacts are tickets in the 1867 folder.
The collection focuses on baseball as played at Harvard University including play by the '66 Base Ball Club and the Harvard University Base Ball Club (H.U.B.B.C). The material dates from baseball's inception at Harvard in the early 1860s until the 1980s, with additional material dating from the beginning of the 21st century.
Materials consist chiefly of ephemera such as tickets, scorecards, programs, and ribbons. The tickets (whole game tickets, torn tickets and season passes) are largely monochromatic with a few graphic flourishes on tickets from 1894, 1913, and the 1920s. Scorecards are varied in format and construction. They range from single sheets to programs, but all were blank forms used to keep score in various ways. These scorecards often include photographs of the teams. The collection contains ribbons issued to ushers for baseball games in 1868, 1893, 1894, 1896, 1905, 1909, and 1913. Still other formats in the collection are dinner programs from 1897, 1901 and 1905, and reunion buttons commemorating the defeat of Yale's baseball team by Harvard's team in 1876, 1877, and 1878. Other textiles include cap and blazer monograms cut from the Harvard Base Ball Club uniforms of 1894.
The baseball clothing and equipment in the collection includes a uniform, cap, socks, a bat, catcher's mask, catcher's mitts, and baseballs.
The collection also contains works about baseball in the form of newspaper and magazine articles and unpublished essays. Newspaper articles are usually from Boston papers and occasionally give play-by-play descriptions of games. Essays and magazine articles are chiefly written by Harvard alumni about Harvard baseball topics or are memoirs.
Interesting graphics appear on all formats in the collection. Some are colorful such as "A Stern Chase" from 1883, a postcard from 1905 showing a Harvard ballplayer, and a program from a Harvard-Princeton game from 1900. Other graphics which are not quite so colorful include a scorecard from 1870 depicting a ballplayer and a dog and a cartoon from 1883 detailing various sports as an Egyptian hieroglyph.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 October 14.

Obsolete Call Numbers

Material was greatly re-organized in 2005-2006. For the sake of those who might have citations to call numbers made obsolete by the new organization, this list indicates which folder now holds the material from the former call number.

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