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UAV 156.287

Tolman, Bertha Illsley, compiler. Index to University records, 1636-1870 and Sibley's private journal, 1847-1882 : compiled approximately 1940-1969

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAV 156.287
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Tolman, Bertha Illsley.
Title: Index to University records, 1636-1870 and Sibley's private journal, 1847-1882
Date(s): compiled 1940-1969.
Quantity: 2 cubic feet (70 drawers)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Bertha Illsley Tolman began working in the Harvard University Bursar's Office in 1912, transferring to the University Archives (then in Widener Library) in July 1934. While at the Archives, she created a card index to the major series of University records, and some related historical materials, including the personal diary of Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley and the correspondence of five Harvard presidents. The Tolman Index, informally named for its compiler, is an exhaustive name and subject index covering the records of Harvard University from its earliest days in 1636; the index coverage ends with the first year of President Eliot's administration in 1870. The index was digitized in 2012.

Processing Note:

Juliana Kuipers created this finding aid in April 2012.

Conditions on Use and Access:

The Index to University records, 1636-1870 and Sibley's private journal, 1847-1882 is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

Tolman, Bertha Illsley, compiler. Index to University records, 1636-1870 and Sibley's private journal, 1847-1882. UAV 156.287, Harvard University Archives.

Historical note

Bertha Illsley Tolman was born on November 29, 1884. She began working in the Harvard University Bursar's Office in 1912, transferring to the University Archives (then in Widener Library) in July 1934. Tolman officially retired in 1949, but continued to work part-time for nearly twenty more years until her final retirement in 1969. While at the Archives, she created a card index to the major series of University records and some related historical materials, including the personal diary of Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley and correspondence of five Harvard presidents. Tolman was also responsible for clipping news items on Harvard alumni for the Archives' biographical files. Tolman died on April 22, 1970, in Concord, New Hampshire.

Arrangement

The cards and the drawers are arranged in alphabetical order.

Scope of the Index to University records, 1636-1870 and Sibley's private journal, 1847-1882

The Tolman Index, named informally for its compiler, Bertha Illsley Tolman, is an exhaustive name and subject index covering the records of Harvard University from its earliest days in 1636; this index forms part of the Records of the Harvard University Archives (UAV 156). Included in the index are votes and minutes of the Board of Overseers, Corporation, and Faculty, as well as additional records of the Corporation, such as the College Papers and Corporation Papers, and of the Overseers, such as reports and papers of committees. The index also covers the personal diary of Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley and correspondence of Harvard presidents Edward Everett, Charles Felton, John Thornton Kirkland, Jared Sparks, and James Walker.
Records of the Harvard Corporation covered by this index include:
Records of the Board of Overseers covered by this index include:
Records of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences covered by this index include:
Additional records and papers covered by this index include:

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