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HUV 563

Photographic views of Quincy House, 1957-1970s: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUV 563
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Title: Photographic views of Quincy House, 1957-1970s
Date(s): Quincy House, 1957-1970s
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet (66 photographs)
Abstract: Established in 1958, Quincy House is one of the houses in Harvard University's House system and was the first built since the original seven were developed in the early 1930s. It consists of four parts: New Quincy, Stone Hall (formerly named Mather Hall, then Old Quincy), the library known as the "Qube," and the commons, which is attached to New Quincy. Stone Hall was built in the Georgian Revival style in 1930, and the other three buildings were built in the International Style in 1958. The Photographic views of Quincy House provide a visual record of one of the houses in Harvard University's House system, as well as its grounds and surrounding area from 1957 to the 1970s. The collection contains reproductions of architectural drawings and gelatin silver photograph prints.

Acquisition information:

These images were acquired by the Harvard University Archives from the late nineteenth century through the late twentieth century.

Processing Information:

This finding aid was created by Amanda Shermanin March 2016.
Description of the Photographic views of Quincy House, 1957-1970s, was supported by the Harvard Library's Hidden Collection initiative.

Researcher Access:

Open for research.

Online access:

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

Preferred Citation:

Photographic views of Quincy House, 1957-1970s. HUV 563, Harvard University Archives.

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Historical Note

Established in 1958, Quincy House is one of the houses in Harvard University's House system and was the first built since the original seven were developed in the early 1930s. It consists of four parts: New Quincy, Stone Hall (formerly named Mather Hall, then Old Quincy), the library known as the "Qube," and the commons, which is attached to New Quincy. Stone Hall was built in the Georgian Revival style in 1930, and the other three buildings were built in the International Style in 1958. The architectural firm Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch and Abbott designed Stone Hall, while a later iteration of the same firm named Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott designed the newer buildings. Quincy House was named in honor of Harvard University President Josiah Quincy III, who served from 1829 to1845, and he also was also a mayor of Boston, congressman, judge, businessman, and author.
The House system was established in 1930 by Harvard University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell with the goal of supplementing the students' education with intellectually, culturally, and socially stimulating living environments, as well as creating a sense of community among students. The Houses accommodate between 350 and 500 students, and at the end of their first year, students are assigned to a House, and they live there through the end of their undergraduate career. Each House typically has a dining hall, common rooms, a library, and recreational spaces. Originally, seven houses were created between 1930 and 1931, with a combination of pre-existing buildings and new constructions. There are now twelve residential houses, plus another house for non-resident and graduate students.
By the 1950s, the rising student population caused severe overcrowding in the House system, leading to the construction of new Houses, including Quincy House, which officially opened in 1959. Mather Hall was transferred from Leverett House to Quincy House, and it began to be called Old Quincy. Its name changed again to Stone Hall after major renovations in 2013. The construction of New Quincy, the commons, and the library began in 1958 and were completed in 1959. Although the buildings were constructed in a new architectural style, International Style, the designs stayed true to Harvard tradition by using limestone and brick instead of the stucco usually used in the International Style, having a large inner courtyard, and limiting the height of New Quincy. Quincy House is seen as part of Harvard's transition from old to new architecture.
Notable residents include Ross Douthat, Seth P. Waxman, Phil Bredesen, Rob Cohen, Nelson Denis, Lou Dobbs, Douglas Feith, Jamie Gorelick, Tom Ridge, Ron Kind, Peter Sagal, Suzanne Malveaux, Anthony Brown, Tony Hsieh, Pablo S. Torre, Robert Kirshner, and Lucy H. Koh.

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Arrangement

The Photographic views of Quincy House has a legacy arrangement reflecting over 100 years of interfiling individual photographs of the structure from many sources into one collection. The images are arranged into eight folders, with the photographs loosely arranged in chronological order.This collection is part of the Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Views, in which Archives staff compiled images, whether acquired individually or removed from larger collections, and arranged them in categories based on locations, buildings, or landscape features for ease of reference.

Scope and Content

The Photographic views of Quincy House provide a visual record of one of the houses in Harvard University's House system, as well as its grounds and surrounding area from 1957 to the 1970s. The collection contains reproductions of architectural drawings and gelatin silver photograph prints. Images in the collection have been primarily contributed by the Harvard University News Office and the Harvard Alumni Bulletin, and some were given by students.
Exterior photographs show Quincy House and the grounds from a variety of angles. The images show Stone Hall (formerly Old Quincy and Mather Hall), New Quincy, and the library, known as the "Qube." Images also show the groundbreaking and construction of New Quincy. A series of images depict the 1965 fire in New Quincy. Interior images depict the "skip-stop" style in which the suites were built in New Quincy, as well as the dining hall and library. A series of images shows the first House Master (now Faculty Dean) John M. Bullitt moving into the Master's residence with the help of workers. Another series of images show the variety of subject- or language-themed tables that students could eat at during meals to learn more about a topic, including the Africa table, the German language table, the French language table, and the Hebrew language table. Images also show students waiting in line a dinner and being served meals by the kitchen staff and studying in the library.

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This document last updated 2016 April 27.

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