Gilman, Nicholas, 1708-1748. Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman, 1737:
Harvard University Archives
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Call No.: HUM 28
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Gilman, Nicholas, 1708-1748.
Title: Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman, 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,
The volume was donated July 20, 1846 by Nicholas Gilman's great-grandson Mr. Folsom.
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.
The Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman is open for research.
Copying of fragile materials may be limited.
All of the records have been digitized and are available online. Links accompany detailed
Gilman, Nicholas, 1708-1748. Triennial Catalogue annotated by Nicholas Gilman, 1737.
HUM 28, Harvard University Archives.
In the Harvard University Archives
In the Massachusetts Historical Society
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.
- Shipton, Clifford K. Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts,
Volume VII. 1722-1725. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1945.
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.
- HUM 28 Box 1. 1733, Catalogus eorum qui in Collegio Harvardino, quod est Cantabrigiæ Nov-Anglorum,
ab anno 1642. ad annum 1733. Alicujus gradus laurea donati sunt.
Date: 1733, 1733, Catalogus eorum qui in Collegio Harvardino, quod est Cantabrigiæ Nov-Anglorum,
ab anno 1642. ad annum 1733. Alicujus gradus laurea donati sunt
Scope and Contents
: 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. A dedicated group of alumni used the Catalogues as a
basis for collecting additional biographical information.
Nicholas Gilman's 1733 copy is the earliest annotated Triennial Catalogue held in
the Harvard University Archives, and was used by Harvard Librarian John Langdon Sibley
in the mid-19th century as a resource for the 18-volume series Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
1642-1774 (Cambridge: Charles William Sever, 1873). In his preface to the work, Sibley noted
that Gilman's entries, "are very brief, and not always correct; but of some graduates
they furnish the only information which has been found" (p. iv).
The small 34-page hardcover volume consists of the 1733 published broadside cut into
strips and pasted into a blank volume with name-by-name annotations, most often noting
places of residence. Forty-nine individuals have a page and entry number next to their
names associated with an additional biographical notes entered at the end of the volume.
The biographical notes are short, and most often limited to dates of ordination. "Nicho.
Gilman, 1737 Exoniensis Pastor Ecclesiae Dunelmiae"--written on original paper cover.