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Call No.: UAI 5.50
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. Corporation
Title: Corporation records: waste-books, 1717-1827
Quantity: 1 cubic feet (42 folders in 4 legal half-document boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Harvard Corporation (also known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College) was established in 1650 as one of the Governing Boards of Harvard University. This collection consists of draft notes of Harvard Corporation proceedings.
The Harvard University Archives also holds the formal minutes of the Harvard Corporation. An inventory of the formal mintues is available: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua51010
A waste-book was a standard record-keeping document; it was a rough volume in which entries were made of all transactions at the time of their occurrence to be posted later into the more formal books.
Drafts of notes recording the transactions, decisions, and votes enacted at Corporation meetings, which were later re-written into the formal record book. Materials consist of loose and sewn papers, as well as some ledger books. The drafts include annotations, corrections, and deletions, which may be of interest when compared with the formal entry of the same vote found in the formal minutes. There are significant gaps in coverage in this series.
This document last updated 2016 July 1.