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HUC 7000.xx

Harvard University. Examinations, 1836-2009 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUC 7000.xx
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University
Title: Examinations,1836-2009
Date(s): 1836-2009
Quantity: 70.2 cubic feet (138 document boxes, 5 folio boxes and 227 volumes)
Abstract: This collection chiefly consists of final examinations given by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, especially the undergraduate examinations from Harvard College. It also includes examinations from the Harvard Law School, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Lawrence Scientific School. Other types of examinations include questions for entrance, mid-year, honors, Ph.D., make-up, reading, divisional and general examinations.

Acquisition information:

This collection came to the Archives in numerous accruals and may include material whose acquisition was not recorded.
  • Accession 10385; April 1, 1985
  • Accession 11963; June 13, 1990
  • Accession 12097; December 21, 1990
  • Accession 12358; January 29, 1992
  • Accession 12551; September 17, 1992
  • Accession 12826; February 15, 1994
  • Accession 13047: February 13, 1995
  • Accession 13218; October 23, 1995
  • Accession 13381; June 25, 1996
  • Accession 13576; June 11, 1997
  • Accession 13897; December 11, 1998
  • Accession 13958; June 22, 1999
  • Accession 14084; November 24, 1999
  • Accession 14143; April 25, 2000
  • Accession 14227; September 14, 2000
  • Accession 14583; June 27, 2002
  • Accession 17787; May 16, 2008
  • Accession 18746; February 19, 2013
  • Custodial History:

    These examinations have been gathered together by librarians and archivists at Harvard University for over a century. The sources of these copies of the examinations are varied. One well-represented source has been the libraries themselves, where copies of obsolete examinations were a library resource for students. When the examinations were outdated, they were transferred to the Archives' historical collections. Other sources for examinations have been the departments, students, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Over the years, the archivists' efforts have been aimed toward filling in gaps in the set of examinations, rather than recording the immediate source of each, so, for each examination, there is more than one possible source. Markings on some copies may indicate their custodial history.

    Processing Information:

    Processed by Juliana Kuipers, April-May 2004. Processing staff in the Harvard University Archives re-arranged an artificial collection of Harvard University examinations. Previously, examinations were arranged chronologically, and thereunder by type of exam. The collection has been collapsed into twelve series by type of examination; the chronological arrangement of each series has been retained. Individual item call numbers have been deleted. Any items not fitting into these series were treated as monographs and catalogued individually into HOLLIS, Harvard's on-line library information system, and can be found under HUC 7xxx.
    In 2014, Juliana Kuipers added two accessions of final examinations.

    Access:

    Open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Harvard University. Examinations, 1836-2009. HUC 7000.xx, Harvard University Archives.

    Related material

    The Harvard University Archives holds additional examinations in departmental records, personal papers, and records of the schools.
    Selected post-2009 examinations may be available through my.harvard.edu

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope of the Harvard University Examinations

    This collection chiefly consists of final examinations given by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, especially the undergraduate examinations from Harvard College. It also includes examinations from the Law School, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Lawrence Scientific School. Other types of examinations include questions for entrance, mid-year, honors, Ph.D., make-up, reading, divisional and general examinations. While most of the examinations are printed, thee collection also includes a smaller number of typed and manuscript examinations for special or limited use. The series also contains bound volumes of reprinted examinations published by the University, each volume containing multiple types of examinations.

    Accruals:

    As of 2009, no further accruals are expected from the most frequent past source of examinations, the undergraduate libraries.
    Selected post-2009 examinations may be available through my.harvard.edu

    Inventory update

    This document last updated 2016 October 24.

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