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HUM 28

Gilman, Nicholas, 1708-1748. Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman, 1737: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 28
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Gilman, Nicholas, 1708-1748.
Title: Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman, 1737
Date(s): 1737
Quantity: .03 cubic feet (1 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Nicholas Gilman (1708-1748, Harvard AB 1724, AM 1727) was a New Hampshire minister. This 1733 copy of the Harvard Triennial Catalogue was annotated by Gilman in 1737 with additional alumni biographical information. Gilman's work was a resource for the series Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1642-1774.

Acquisition information:

The volume was donated July 20, 1846 by Nicholas Gilman's great-grandson Mr. Folsom.

Processing Information:

This volume was first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives' shelflist prior to 1980 with the catalog number HUG 2145.137. It was re-processed in 2010. Re-processing involved a collection survey, reclassification as HUM 28, and the creation of this finding aid.
This finding aid was created by Diann Benti in June 2010.
Preservation and description of the Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Researcher Access:

The Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman is open for research.

Copying Restriction:

Copying of fragile materials may be limited.

Online access:

All of the records have been digitized and are available online. Links accompany detailed descriptions.

Preferred Citation:

Gilman, Nicholas, 1708-1748. Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman, 1737. HUM 28, Harvard University Archives.

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Historical Note

Nicholas Gilman was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on January 18, 1707/8. He graduated from Harvard in the Class of 1724, and went on to receive an AM in 1727. After graduation, Gilman taught school and acted as a substitute for area ministers in New Hampshire. On March 3, 1741/2, he was ordained in Durham, New Hampshire, where he gained notoriety as a New-Lights revivalist. Poor health plagued Gilman throughout his life, and he died on April 12, 1748.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of an annotated 1733 Triennial Catalogue. The Triennial Catalogues are chronological and cumulative lists of Harvard graduates published every three years from 1674 to 1875. The Catalogues represent Harvard's first efforts to comprehensively document its graduates and were considered the official record of degree recipients.


This document last updated 2014 January 23.

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