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UAII 10.6.1

Harvard University. Board of Overseers. Records of the Board of Overseers: reports from academic departments, 1859-1902: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAII 10.6.1
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. Board of Overseers
Title: Records of the Board of Overseers: reports from academic departments, 1859-1902
Date(s): 1859-1902
Quantity: 2 cubic feet (10 volumes, 2 folders, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Harvard University Board of Overseers is one of two governing bodies of Harvard University. One of the methods by which the Overseers carry out their charge is by organizing visiting committees to visit departments and schools and report back on their findings. Reports describe the status and activities of the academic departments at Harvard University. Most of the reports are handwritten, many of them in the form of letters addressed to the Board of Overseers. Many of the reports are from officials within the departments, rather than from members of the Visiting Committees. Reports from later years are increasingly likely to be typewritten or printed and less likely to be in the epistolary form.

Acquisition information:

The documents in this collection are University records and were acquired in the course of University business.

Processing Information:

This finding aid was created by Kate Bowers and Jennifer Pelose in July 2016.

Researcher Access:

Open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Harvard University. Board of Overseers. Records of the Board of Overseers: reports from academic departments, 1859-1902. UAII 10.6.1, Harvard University Archives.

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Historical Note

The Harvard University Board of Overseers is one of two governing bodies of Harvard University. One of the methods by which the Overseers carry out their charge is by organizing visiting committees to visit departments and schools and report back on their findings.

Organization of the reports

There does not appear to be a distinction in content between the bound and the loose reports. It is likely that the reports were gathered and bound by the Board of Overseers as a means to keep the reports together in chronological groupings by year.

Scope and Contents

Reports describe the status and activities of the academic departments at Harvard University. Most of the reports are handwritten, many of them in the form of letters addressed to the Board of Overseers. Many of the reports are from officials within the departments, rather than from members of the Visiting Committees. Reports from later years are increasingly likely to be typewritten or printed and less likely to be in the epistolary form.

Accural of loose reports:

Reports that had not been on hand at the time of binding were added at a later date either by the Board, by librarians, or by archivists.

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