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HUV 2329

Weber, Paul J. Photographs of Harvard University buildings and grounds taken by Paul J. Weber for the News Office, approximately 1929-1931 and 1939 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUV 2329
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Weber, Paul J.
Title: Photographs of Harvard University buildings and grounds taken by Paul J. Weber for the News Office, approximately 1929-1931 and 1939
Date(s): 1929-1931 and 1939
Quantity: 245 photographic prints black and white
Quantity: 16 negatives (photographs) black and white
Quantity: 2.25 cubic feet (8 flat boxes, 1 half document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Black and white photographs of Harvard University buildings taken by Paul J. Weber, a Boston-based architectural photographer. Weber was hired by the University to take a series of photographs of University buildings and grounds for the News Office. Taken circa 1929-1931 and 1939, these photographs document exterior and interior views of University buildings and grounds.

Acquisition information:

The collection was transferred to the Harvard University Archives on October 18, 1943 from the Harvard University Publications Office.

Processing Information:

Photographic prints are housed in Mylar sleeves. All titles and dates were supplied by archivists.
This finding aid was created by Amanda Strauss in March 2011.

Researcher Access:

This photographs are open for research.

Online access:

One item in this collection has been digitized and is available online. A link accompanies the description.
Digital versions of other photographs taken by Paul J. Weber, held by the Harvard University Archives, Baker Library Historical Collections, and the Schlesinger Library, can found online in Harvard's Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Online access:

One photograph from this collection has been digitized and is available online. A link accompanies the photograph description.

Preferred Citation:

Weber, Paul J. Photographs of Harvard University buildings and grounds taken by Paul J. Weber for the News Office, approximately 1929-1931 and 1939. HUV 2329, Harvard University Archives.

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Separated Material

Images 204 through 207 are interior views of the Biological Laboratories; the numeric index indicates that these photographs are held by the Laboratories.

Historical note

In 1929, Paul J. Weber was hired by the University to take a series of 150 photographs of the University's buildings and grounds for the News Office. The photographs were intended as a permanent historical record of the University in 1929. In October of that year, exhibitions of some of the photographs were held in the Harvard Union and the Fogg Museum.
While the bulk of the photographs must, then, have been taken in 1929, it is clear from the buildings pictured in the photographs that more photographs must have been taken as late as 1931. In addition, expense records from the University News Office indicate that Weber was asked on at least one occasion to take additional photographs, including photographs of Littauer Center and the new Hemenway Gymnasium in 1939.

Biographical Note

Paul Julius Weber, a well-known architectural photographer, was born on April 3, 1881 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was married to Florence A. Weber, and the couple had two daughters. Weber worked in the Boston area during the first half of the twentieth century.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series: Photographs arranged by the News Office and Photographs numbered by Paul J. Weber.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 245 mounted black and white photographs and 16 photographic negatives of Harvard University buildings and grounds.
Taken between 1929 and 1939 for the Harvard University News Office, the photographs were intended for a "permanent file of pictures made for the historical records of Harvard." They depict both exterior and interior views of a range of buildings owned by Harvard University, including dormitories, administrative offices, libraries, museums, and laboratories. Prominent among the photographs are images of several of the new houses, Memorial Hall and Widener Library. Also captured in the photographs are outdoor landmarks such as campus gates, the John Harvard statue, and the Larz Anderson Bridge. The photographs are notable both for their composition and for the level of architectural detail they illustrate.
The photographs are accompanied by indexes and an exhibition announcement.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 August 11.

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