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UAI 5.125

Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers, 2nd series, 1826-1863 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 5.125
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. Corporation
Title: Harvard College Papers, 2nd series,
Date(s): 1826-1863
Quantity: 3 cubic feet
Quantity: 30 Volumes
Quantity: Extent is approximate.
Abstract: At a special meeting of the Corporation on February 6, 1850, the President and Fellows voted to have all manuscript papers related to the history of the College and College affairs identified, arranged, and bound. Loose records were gathered into two sets of volumes. Each set was named "Harvard College Papers," and the sets became "1st series" and "2nd series". This second series holds material similar to that of the first series, but of later date.

Processing Note:

This inventory was created by Kate Bowers in October 2013 from a variety of information sources. The collection was not examined.
Titles were devised by the cataloger.

Conditions on Use and Access:

The Harvard College Papers, 2nd series through 1858 is closed for research use due to the collection's fragile condition.

Existence and Location of Copies:

Positive microfilm (UAI 5.131.10) of volumes 1826-1858 is available to researchers.

Preferred Citation:

Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers, 2nd series, 1826-1863. UAI 5.125, Harvard University Archives.

Related Materials

The Harvard University Archives holds the "College Papers, 1st series" http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua62011

Historical note

At a special meeting of the Corporation on February 6, 1850, the President and Fellows voted that "the President cause to be examined and arranged all the manuscript papers relating to the College, whether records, letters, or other papers now in Gore Hall or other buildings of the University, and procure such as are worthy of preservation to be substantially bound." James W. Harris, an assistant in the Library who also served as an assistant to President Jared Sparks, was assigned the task of arranging and indexing the papers.
Historical and administrative records dating back as early as the mid 1600s were gathered together and arranged in chronological order in bound volumes which were then placed in the Library. After 1850, historical records continued to be collected and arranged on an intermittent basis. Papers that were accidentally overlooked, or newly discovered or received, were added later as supplements.

Scope and Contents

The College Papers, 2nd series, holds material similar to the 1st series, but of later date.


This document last updated 2013 October 8.

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