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HUG 1447

Harvard family. The John Harvard family collection, 1577, 1622, and 1828-2007 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard University Archives
Call No.: HUG 1447
Creator: Harvard family.
Title: The John Harvard family collection, 1577, 1622, and 1828-2007.
Quantity: 3 cubic feet (6 document boxes, 6 portfolio boxes)
Abstract: John Harvard (1607-1638) was an English clergyman who settled in the American colonies, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1637. Upon his death in 1638, Harvard left half of his estate and personal library to the newly founded college at Newtown which later became Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts General Court named the college in his honor in 1639. The College became Harvard University in 1780. This collection consists of letters, photographs, legal documents (facsimiles and originals), news clippings, poetry, pamphlets, and postcards presenting what little information is available about John Harvard's life and family as well as the many honors and memorials bestowed upon Harvard after his death by generations of Harvard alumni.
Note: This document last updated 2014 February 24.

Acquisition Information:

Items in The John Harvard family collection were acquired through donation or purchase. Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the descriptions and item list. A comprehensive list is also located at the end of the finding aid.

Conditions on Use and Access:

The John Harvard family collection is open for research. Availability of materials that are fragile or otherwise require special handling may limited. Consult reference staff for details.

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Preferred citation for publication:

Harvard family. The John Harvard family collection, 1577, 1622, and 1828-2007. HUG 1447, Harvard University Archives.

Processing Information:

The John Harvard family collection was first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980. In April 2007, Dominic P. Grandinetti re-processed the material. Re-processing included integrating several small collections, re-housing materials in the appropriate containers, establishment of a series hierarchy, and the creation of this inventory. The archivist placed the documents into acid-free folders, re-housed the materials into archival document boxes, and examined the folder contents to establish the date of the material.
A detailed list of integrated and repatriated items resulting from the processing of this collection is available at the end of this finding aid.
Additional preservation and description of the John Harvard family collection was supported, in part, by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Arrangement

The John Harvard family collection is arranged in four series:

Chronology

John Harvard and Harvard College

Biographical Essay

Introduction
John Harvard (1607-1638) was a colonial clergyman who settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1637. Upon his death in 1638, Harvard left half his estate and personal library to the newly founded college at Newtown (later Cambridge, Massachusetts). The Massachusetts General Court named the college (now Harvard University) in his honor in 1639. Few details about John Harvard's life seem to have survived. Much of what is known about John Harvard originates from the studies of genealogist Henry F. Waters (A.B. 1855) who unearthed Harvard's birth and parentage from the study of British legal documents in 1885.
Early life and career
John Harvard was born into a Puritan English family in 1607 (baptized November 29, 1607) in Southwark, England. His father, Robert Harvard (d. 1625), was a butcher who owned his own shop and several pieces of property, including the Queen's Head Tavern. Active in church affairs, Robert Harvard held many posts at the Saint Saviour's Church including Vestryman, Warden, Overseer of the Poor, and Governor of the Saint Saviour's Grammar School. Robert Harvard married Barbara Destyn on June 26, 1600, but the marriage was short-lived; Barbara Harvard died of the plague in September 1603. On April 8, 1605, Robert Harvard was remarried to Katherine Rogers (1584-1635) of Stratford-on-Avon, the thirteenth child of Thomas Rogers, a cattle dealer and alderman. As a child, John Harvard lived in the Surrey End of London Bridge, and, attended Saint Saviour's Grammar School. At the age of twenty, and with the help of Nicholas Morton, the Rector of Saint Saviour's Church, John Harvard entered Emmanuel College (B.A. 1632 and M.A. 1634) on December 19, 1627. Although Harvard received religious training, there is no known record of him becoming an ordained minister. Except for two Harvard signatures on a subscription book related to Harvard's taking his degree, it is believed that Emmanuel College has no other record of Harvard at the school.
New England
On April 19, 1636, John Harvard married Ann Sadler (b. 1614), the daughter of the Reverend John Sadler, Vicar of Ringmer. By this time, most of Harvard's family had died of the plague, his father and most of his brothers and sisters in 1625 and Katherine Harvard in 1635. When Harvard's remaining brother, Thomas, died in 1637, John Harvard inherited the entire Harvard family estate. John and Ann Harvard joined the many thousands of Puritans migrating to the New World.Harvard was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown, Massachusetts on August 1, 1637. Harvard established himself quickly in the New World. He built a new home, was appointed to one of several town committees, and became a teaching elder of the First Church of Charlestown.
Harvard College
Despite the popular belief that John Harvard founded Harvard College, the school was established by the Massachusetts General Court in 1636 before Harvard's arrival to New England. The school was already in operation with a new building planned some weeks or months before Harvard's death of consumption, probably tuberculosis, at Charlestown on September 14, 1638. It is thought that on his death bed, Harvard being too sick to write a will, he bequeathed half his estate (£779 17s. 2d.) and his entire library of classical and theological books to the school. These books became the College's first library collection. On March 13, 1639, in recognition of Harvard's bequest and to honor his memory, the Massachusetts General Court agreed that the school being built in Cambridge would be known as Harvard College. Harvard's bequest, which up to that point exceeded all other gifts to the College, was used to build the first college building on campus (known later as Harvard Hall). After his death, some of his contemporaries described him as a pious and godly man - a lover of learning and favorably disposed to helping his fellows in the New World.
References:

Harvard Family Members

Parents and Siblings

Spouses

Deaths

Scope of the Collection

The John Harvard family collection was assembled and arranged from a variety of sources. This collection presents what little information is available about John Harvard's life, family, and the world of the seventeenth century in which he lived. Letters, photographs, legal documents (facsimiles and originals), reprints, articles, news clippings, poetry, pamphlets, postcards, flyers, blueprints, circulars, lists, agreements, sketches, labels, a notebook, a video recording and a digital recording recall John Harvard's brief life, the importance of his bequest to Harvard University, and the many honors and memorials bestowed upon Harvard after his death by generations of Harvard alumni. The collection also contains sixteenth and seventeen century deeds for property that the Harvard family owned in England and genealogical information about the Harvard family.

Series Descriptions and Item List

Acquisition Information :

Items in The John Harvard family collection were acquired through donation or purchase. Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the descriptions and item list.
The acquisitions are as follows:
  • 1885, John T. Hassam
  • 1885, The President's Office
  • 1886, Albert Bushnell Hart
  • 1886, Clothworkers' Company
  • 1888, W. Creighton
  • 1888, William Rendle
  • 1893, A.P. Peabody
  • 1894, A.B.Weymouth
  • 1894, John G. Palfrey
  • 1897, Philip Norman
  • 1897, James Atkins Noyes
  • 1901, E.S. Shuckburgh
  • 1901, Louisa H. Cress
  • 1907, Bright Fund
  • 1907, W.H. Tillinghast
  • 1908, Andrew McFarland Davis
  • 1909, James Atkins Noyes
  • 1912, Hayes Fund
  • 1913, William R. Thayer
  • 1917, G.F. Parkman Fund
  • 1918, Edgar Huidekoper Wells
  • 1918, V. Sydney Rothschild
  • 1919, Edgar Huidekoper Wells
  • 1919, William R. Thayer
  • 1919, Alfred Claghorn Potter
  • 1921, Bright Fund
  • 1921, Walter Faxon
  • 1922, President's Office
  • 1923, James Atkins Noyes
  • 1925, James Atkins Noyes
  • 1925, Stedman B. Hoar
  • 1928, Edgar Huidekoper Wells
  • 1929, Edwin H. Abbot
  • 1930, K.J. Conant
  • 1931, President's Office
  • 1932, Henry Wilder Foote
  • 1934, Louis A. Holman
  • 1934, E.J. van Lennep
  • 1936, N.B. Day
  • 1937, A.F. Dankin
  • 1937, Lynn Historical Society
  • 1937, Samuel Eliot Morison
  • 1938, Walter B. Briggs
  • 1940, Allan Forbes
  • 1942, William A. Clark
  • 1943, Henry J. Cadbury
  • 1944, Gardner W. Allen
  • 1946, Publication Office
  • 1947, Mrs. Roland Norman
  • 1947, T.W. Lamont
  • 1952, H.D. Cope
  • 1952, Jonathan B. Hayward
  • 1955, David M. Little
  • 1958, Henry Wilder Foote
  • 1958, Association of Harvard College Class Secretaries
  • 1959, Kenneth D. Lougsdorf
  • 1966, The National Secular Society
  • 1969, Roger C. Dalling
  • 1971, Estate of Mrs. Lewis K. Conant
  • 1991, Abram T. Collier
  • Accession number: 09694; 1983 April 4
  • Accession number: 11442; 1988 June 29
  • Accession number: 11915; 1990 February 15
  • Accession number: 12952; 1994 September 12
  • Accession number: 14364; 2001 July 23
  • Integrated and repatriated items processing information:

    The following material was integrated into this collection:
    The following material was placed with other collections:
    The following published works retain their existing catalog records:
    The following folder was missing at the time of the 2007 re-processing:
    Call numbers beyond the base call number were eliminated. A list of these obsolete call numbers is included in this finding aid.

    Obsolete Call Numbers:

    The following list provides a map to old call numbers that were eradicated by the archivist during the 2007 re-processing. All the papers for The John Harvard Family Collection are gathered under a single call number.
  • HUB 1447.274: Harvard Memorial Chapel (Southwark, England, clippings, etc.): moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUB 3550PF: Broadsides: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUB 3550.2: John Harvard Mall. Clippings, etc.: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUB 3550.5F: The John Harvard Mall: A Record of Its Buildings, Completion, Dedication and Use: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 300: John Harvard Quinquennial File: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 300: John Harvard Quinquennial File: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.2: Clippings, pamphlets, etc.: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.2: Clippings, pamphlets, etc.: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.3PF: Deed 1577, possibly having to do with John Harvard: moved to Harvard Family Legal Documents.
  • HUG 1447.3PF: Deed 1622, mentioning John Sadler: moved to Harvard Family Legal Documents.
  • HUG 1447.3PF: Facsimile of Admission Book: moved to Harvard Family Legal Documents.
  • HUG 1447.3PF : Pictures of Harvard House and monument: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.4F: John Harvard Facsimiles: moved to Harvard Family Legal Documents.
  • HUG 1447.6: Abbot, E.H. and Thayer, W.R., Discoverer of John Harvard, H.F. Waters, HC 1855: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.7: Benson, S. Guide to Saviour's Church: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.11: Cadbury, H.J. John, Harvard's Library: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.12: John Harvard Chapel in Southwark Cathedral: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.14: Corelli, M., P.S. Brentall, and B. Vyver, Harvard House guide book: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.15: John Harvard Videorecording: moved to Biographical Materials.
  • HUG 1447.16A: Davis, A. McF., John Harvard's Life in America: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.16B: Davis, A. McF., John Harvard's Life in America: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.21: Edwards, G.W., The Harvard Family and St. Olave's and St. Saviour's Schools. Detached from R.C. Carrington's Two Schools: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.23: John Harvard's window at Emmanuel College: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.24.83: Ellis, G.E., Speech on proposed statue of J. Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.24.84A: Ellis, G.E., Memorial of J. Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.24.84B: Ellis, G.E., Memorial of J. Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.25: Emmanuel College Chapel Masters Hymn: withdrawn from The John Harvard Family Collection.
  • HUG 1447.26PF: Facsimiles of records relating to J. Harvard Family: moved to Harvard Family Legal Documents.
  • HUG 1447.27: Everett, E.E., Address at erection of Harvard monument, September 26, 1828: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.29A: Foote, H.W., Church in which J. Harvard was married: moved to Harvard Family Legal Documents.
  • HUG 1447.29A: Foote, H.W., Church in which J. Harvard was married: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.29B: Foote, H.W., Church in which J. Harvard was married: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.29.5: Photographs of, and papers concerning, the church at South Malling, Sussex, in which John Harvard was married: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.36A: Hart, A.B., What do we know about J. Harvard?: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.36B: Hart, A., What do we know about J. Harvard? (contains address by Edward Everett): moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.37: Holman, L.A., Harvard family and correspondence about Lionel's entrance into Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.38: Hiers, M.M., Upon Looking at French's John Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.39: Harvard House Gazette: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.40: Harvard House Memorial Trust: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.42: John Harvard's Memorials, Charlestown, Massachusetts: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.49: Lewes Church (where John Harvard was married miscellany): moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.56: Monument to John Harvard: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.61: Norman, Peggie Harvard, Letter to T.W. Lamont, papers relating to Harvard family: moved to Biographical Materials.
  • HUG 1447.70.500: Portrait of John Harvard, b. ca. 1770 and portrait of John Harvard, b. ca. 1820: moved to Biographical Materials.
  • HUG 1447.71P/PF: Harvard, John: moved to Biographical Materials.
  • HUG 1447.71: Potter, A.C., Catalogue of J. Harvard's Library: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.72P/PF : Queen's Head Inn, Yard, Southwark, England: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.73: Rand, E.K., J. Wilson's Latin Verses on John Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.75.85: Rendle, W., John Harvard and Associations at Southwark: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.75.86A : Rendle, W., John Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.75.86B: Rendle, W., John Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.75.87: Rendle, W., Notes on Southwark relating to J. Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.76: Ringmer Church, J. Harvard and Wm. Penn: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.76.5: Ringmer Church, correspondence, pamphlets: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.77: Rodway, A. Sword of Harvard: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.78: Harvard House correspondence: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.81.3: John Harvard and His Times: withdrawn from The John Harvard Family Collection.
  • HUG 1447.81.5: John Harvard and His Times: withdrawn from The John Harvard Family Collection.
  • HUG 1447.82: John Harvard's signature, photographs of a title page: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.82.8: Southwark Cathedral, A.D. 597-1637, An Appeal: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.83: Stevens, T.P., John Harvard and Southwark: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.84: Taylor, W., Annals of St. Mary Overy: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.85: John Harvard Tercentenary, 1907: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.85: John Harvard Tercentenary, 1907: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.86: John Harvard Exhibition: moved to Memorials and Commemorations.
  • HUG 1447.88: Thompson, C. St. Saviour: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.92: Waters, H.F., John Harvard and his ancestry, also Genealogical Gleanings in England: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.92.32 : Waters, H.F., Genealogical Gleanings in England, reprinted from New England Historical and Genealogical Register, October, 1865: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.92.42: Waters, H.F., John Harvard and his ancestry, Part I. reprint from New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1885. Part II, reprint from New England Historical and Genealogical Register, October 1886: moved to Writings about John Harvard and his family.
  • HUG 1447.93 : Sim, Muriel (Peggy) Harvard, Misc. correspondence and papers regarding Harvard family: moved to Biographical Materials.

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