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UAI 15.870

Holyoke, Edward, 1689-1769. Papers of Edward Holyoke : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 15.870
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Holyoke, Edward, 1689-1769.
Title: Papers of Edward Holyoke, 1720-1767.
Date(s): 1720-1767.
Quantity: 0.41 cubic feet (21 folders)
Quantity: 1 half legal document box, 1 folio box
Abstract: Edward Holyoke (1689-1769) was pastor of the Second Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts, from 1716 to 1737 and the ninth president of Harvard College, serving for thirty-two years from 1737 to 1769. This collection documents Holyoke family affairs, as well as Holyoke's activities and interests as president of Harvard. It contains family correspondence, genealogies, and descriptions of property; presidential correspondence; Harvard financial accounts; and a few of Holyoke's sermons.

Acquisition Information:

The Papers of Edward Holyoke were acquired by the Harvard University Archives through donation and purchase. The acquisitions are as follows:
  • 1862 Mrs. M.B. Blanchard
  • 1897 Franklin Bowditch Dexter
  • 1932 Hamilton V. Bail
  • 1934 Hamilton V. Bail
  • 1938 American Autograph Shop
  • 1942 American Autograph Shop
  • 1986 March 4: Accession number: 10674
  • Processing Information:

    Most of this material was first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980. The collection was reprocessed in 2005, with subsequent preparation for digitization in 2009. Reprocessing involved a collection survey, rehousing in size- and format-appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid. Preparation for digitization involved minor adjustments to the physical arrangement of the collection, with corresponding updates to the finding aid and the addition of links to the digital copies.
    The digitization of Edward Holyoke's papers was made possible in part by generous support from the Sidney Verba Fund.

    Conditions on Use and Access:

    The Papers of Edward Holyoke are open for research use. Access to fragile original documents may be restricted. Please consult the reference staff for further details.

    Preferred Citation:

    Holyoke, Edward, 1689-1769. Papers of Edward Holyoke, 1720-1767. UAI 15.870, Harvard University Archives.

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    Biography

    Edward Holyoke (1689-1769) was the ninth president of Harvard College, serving for thirty-two years from 1737 to 1769.
    Holyoke was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1689. After attending Harvard (A.B. 1705, A.M. 1708), he served as a tutor at the College from 1712 to 1716 and as a Fellow of the Corporation in 1713. From 1709 to 1712, he also served part time as the College librarian. In 1716, he resigned his Harvard positions to become pastor of the Second Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts, where he served for the next twenty-one years. Holyoke returned to Harvard in 1737, when he was appointed president.
    During Holyoke's presidency, the College flourished. A number of academic reforms were instituted, including subject specialization by the tutors, the introduction of public exhibitions by students, consisting of orations, debates, and dialogues, and the establishment of academic merit as the criteria for admission to Harvard.
    Holyoke was married three times. In 1717, he married Elizabeth Browne of Marblehead, Massachusetts. They had two children before Elizabeth died in 1719. In 1725, Holyoke married Margaret Appleton of Ipswich, Massachusetts, with whom he had eight children. Margaret died in 1740. In 1742, Holyoke married Mary Whipple Epes, with whom he had one child. Mary died in 1790.

    Series in the Collection

    Scope of the Papers of Edward Holyoke

    This collection documents Holyoke family affairs, as well as Edward Holyoke's activities and interests as a pastor and as president of Harvard. It contains family correspondence, genealogies, and descriptions of property; presidential correspondence; Harvard financial accounts; and a few of Holyoke's sermons.

    Inventory update

    This document last updated 2016 March 25.

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