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HUD 9500

Harvard University Base Ball Club. Records of Organized Baseball at Harvard : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUD 9500
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University Base Ball Club
Title: Records of Organized Baseball at Harvard
Date(s): 1876-1920 and 1940-1945
Quantity: .8 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: These records result from the organization, administration, and coaching of organized baseball played by the Harvard community. They date chiefly from 1870-1910.

Acquisition Information:

Where acquisition information is available for an item, it appears in the item description.

Custodial Information:

Archivists in the Harvard University Archives and their predecessors assembled baseball material from a number sources to create this collection.

Processing Information:

Re-processed by intern Kurt Eichner and archivist Kate Bowers from October 2005 to January 2006. Formerly, as material relating to baseball was acquired over the years, archivists and librarians at Harvard placed it in roughly chronological order without regard to provenance or function, leaving undated material in a "general" folder.
During the spring and summer of 2006, Ms. Bowers and Juliana Kuipers re-established the original context of the material by creating two collections based on the function and provenance of the material. One of these is the "Harvard University Baseball Collection" which consists chiefly of ephemera from a wide variety of largely unknown sources. The other is this collection, the records, which are the product of team organization, administration, and coaching and chiefly come from the persons responsible for those activities.

Conditions on Use and Access:

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

Related Collections

The Harvard University Archives also holds:
Also search in HOLLIS, Harvard's on-line library information system, for other works by and about baseball at Harvard. 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 (ca. 1858). It was formally organized in 1864. It 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 Dept. of Athletics.


Scope of the Records of Organized Baseball at Harvard

These records result from the organization, administration, and coaching of formally organized baseball played by the Harvard community.


This document last updated 2008 January 10.

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