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UAI 15.855

Oakes, Urian, 1631-1681. Papers of Urian Oakes : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 15.855
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Oakes, Urian, 1631-1681.
Title: Papers of Urian Oakes, 1656, 1682.
Date(s): 1656-1942
Quantity: 0.08 cubic feet (2 documents in 1 folio box)
Abstract: Urian Oakes was the fourth president of Harvard College, serving as acting president from April 7, 1675 to February 2, 1680 and as president from February 2, 1680 to July 25, 1681. This collection consists of Urian Oakes' commission as vicar, 1656, and a poem on his death, written in 1682.

Acquisition Information:

The Papers of Urian Oakes were acquired by the Harvard University Archives as follows:
  • 1942 John Carter Brown Library: poem by the Reverend William Adams
  • 1948 Austin H. Clark: Oakes' commission as vicar
  • Processing Note:

    This material was first classified and described by the Harvard University Archives prior to 1980. The collection was reprocessed in 2004, with subsequent preparation for digitization in 2009. Reprocessing involved a collection survey, rehousing in size- and format-appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid. Preparation for digitization involved updates to the finding aid and the addition of links to the digital copies.
    The digitization of Urian Oakes' papers was made possible in part by generous support from the Sidney Verba Fund.

    Conditions on Use and Access:

    The Papers of Urian Oakes are open for research use. Access to fragile original documents may be restricted. Please consult the reference staff for further details.

    Preferred Citation:

    Oakes, Urian, 1631-1681. Papers of Urian Oakes, 1656, 1682. UAI 15.855, Harvard University Archives.

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    Biography

    Urian Oakes was the fourth president of Harvard College, serving as acting president from April 7, 1675 to February 2, 1680 and as president from February 2, 1680 to July 25, 1681.
    Oakes was born in London,England, in 1631 and emigrated with his family to Cambridge , Massachusetts in 1640. He attended Harvard College, receiving his A.B. degree in 1649 and serving as a tutor until 1653, when he returned to England. He received a commission as vicar of Titchfield, near Southampton,England, in 1656, where he served until 1662. During this period, Oakes married Ruth Ames, with whom he had four children.
    In 1671, Oakes returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to serve as minister of the Congregational church. He also served as a Fellow of Harvard College from 1672 to 1675, when he was appointed president. Following the turbulent presidency of Leonard Hoar, Oakes restored some stability to College life but the regional economic impact of King Phillip's War left little money for education and the number of students dwindled. Oakes died in office on July 25, 1681.
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    Scope of the Papers of Urian Oakes

    This collection contains two documents: Urian Oakes' commission as vicar of Titchfield and a poem written upon his death.

    General

    This document last updated 2015 November 12.

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