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HUG 4546

McCord, David Thompson Watson, 1897- Papers of David Thompson Watson McCord : Harvard material : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUG 4546
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: McCord, David Thompson Watson, 1897-
Title: Papers of David Thompson Watson McCord : Harvard material, 1917-1921 and ca. 1940-ca. 1959
Date(s): 1917-1921 and 1940- 1959
Quantity: 1.15 cubic feet (3 document boxes, 1 flat box, 1 scrapbook)
Abstract: David Thompson Watson McCord (1897-1997), noted poet and essayist, was graduated from Harvard College in 1921. He earned a masters degree in 1922, and in 1956 was awarded Harvard's first honorary doctorate of humane letters. Well-known for his literary and humorous approach to fundraising, McCord served as Executive Director of the Harvard Fund from 1925 until his retirement in 1962 and was editor of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin from 1940 to 1946.

Custodial History:

The Papers of David McCord include material from University Archives' accessions 14073, 14547, 14738, and 14739, to which were added material previously classified as HUG 4546.15 and HUH 152.10.

Processing Information:

In accordance with collection policies at the time of receipt, much of the material included in these accessions was either discarded as duplicates or sent to the Boston Public Library, Special Collections.

Related Material

A fuller record of McCord's role within the University is documented by records held in the Harvard University Archives. Researchers are advised to consult University records relating to the Harvard Fund, records relating to the Harvard Alumni Bulletin, and the Records of the Signet Society. More Papers of David McCord are held at Harvard University's Houghton Library (MS Am 2130 and *2002M-39) and at The Boston Public Library.

Biography of David McCord

David Thompson Watson McCord, noted poet and essayist, was graduated from Harvard College in 1921. He earned a masters degree in 1922, and in 1956 was awarded Harvard's first honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Well-known for his literary and humorous approach to fundraising, McCord served as Executive Director of the Harvard Fund from 1925 until his retirement in 1962. He was editor of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin from 1940 to 1946. McCord was honorary curator of the Farnsworth Room and the Woodberry Poetry Room in the Harvard College Library and a member of the Overseers' Visiting Committee for Astronomy. He was also associated with Lowell House,Dudley House, and the Signet Society. David McCord died in 1997 at the age of 99.

Scope and Content

The Papers of David McCord document McCord's relationship with Harvard as student, fundraiser, editor, and literary contributor to occasions of moment.
A scrapbook documents McCord's undergraduate experience. The bulk of the papers are correspondence and subject files, ca. 1940-ca. 1959, that reflect his work with Harvard organizations.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 August 9.

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