Harvard Club of Boston. Records of the Harvard Club of Boston : an inventory
Harvard University Archives
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: HUD 3227
J.D. Phillips; 1910
Harvard Club of Boston; 1913
William S. Appleton; 1914
Harvard Club of Boston; 1914
Harvard Club of Boston; 1915
Charles W. Eliot; 1917
Harvard Club of Boston; 1917
F. W. Taussig; 1919
Harvard Club of Boston; 1920
Landscape Architecture Library; 1922
Harvard Club of Boston; 1922
Harvard Club of Boston; 1924
Harvard Club of Boston; 1931
P.E. Sargent; 1931
C.H. Haskins; 1931
F. G. Peabody; 1932
Harvard Club of Boston; 1936
R. Fitz; 1947
Harvard Club of Boston; 1948
Estate of S.H. Cross; October 1948
R.W. Lovett; Nov. 17, 1948
Catalogue Dept; May 15, 1952
Office of the Secretary to the University; 1954
Harvard Club of Boston; 1962
Class Secretary of 1910; 1970
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard Club of Boston.
Title: Records of the Harvard Club of Boston, 1908-1990 (inclusive)
Date(s): 1908-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity: 2.8 cubic feet (8 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: An organization of Harvard alumni living in and around Boston, Massachusetts, the
Harvard Club of Boston was founded on March 19, 1908. The records document the history,
activities, and interests of the Club.
The Records of the Harvard Club of Boston were first classified and described in the
Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980. In September 2008, Juliana Kuipers
re-processed the material. Re-processing included integrating and reorganizing the
records, re-housing materials in appropriate containers, establishing a series and
subseries hierarchy, and the creation of this inventory. All call numbers were simplified.
An empty envelope labeled "Harvard Club of Boston seal, found in material of Class
of 1898, from Paul V. Bacon, Secretary" was found in the collection. The empty envelope
was placed in the control file.
Some restrictions apply. Consult reference staff for details.
Photographs of the Harvard Club of Boston are held in the Harvard University Archives
(call number: HUV 1580).
The Harvard Club of Boston was founded on March 19, 1908, more than fifty years after
the first Boston-based Harvard club was established (see the Records of the Harvard
Club, Harvard University Archives call number: HUD 3226). The original aim of the
Harvard Club of Boston, summarized by its first five officers, was to "give effective
expression to the Harvard spirit" through such activities as annual dinners and other
social meetings. By the time the first meeting was held on June 23, 1908, there were
more than 450 members. By its second year, the Club had almost 1,200 members, and
by 1915, membership was over 4,000.
As membership continued to grow, the Club began to search for a permanent clubhouse.
Land at the corner of Massachusetts and Commonwealth Avenues was purchased in May
1912, and the clubhouse was dedicated on November 12, 1913. Due to the higher than
expected construction costs, the Club incorporated itself itself in January 1913 to
In its early year, the Club began several long-standing traditions. These included
attending the Harvard-Yale football game and crew races (the Club provided trains
to New Haven in odd years), feting victorious Harvard athletic teams, and providing
scholarships for local high school students to attend Harvard College. Annual meetings
were held in late winter, and various recitals, concerts, talks, and lectures were
sponsored by the Club throughout the year. The new clubhouse included eight squash
courts, which were open to members' sons, as well as to wives and daughters in 1927.
The Harvard Club of Boston Foundation was established on July 10, 1950 to facilitate fund-raising for the scholarships
offered by the Club. In 1954, a downtown "Harvard Banquet" room was opened at Purcell's
Restaurant on School Street in order to give members a convenient place to gather
for lunch. This facility moved in 1967, but a permanent Downtown Harvard Club was
opened at One Milk Street in November 1976.
In the 1970s, the Club instituted a travel program, allowing members to travel at
special group rates, and created a Travel Committee.
The records are organized into the following groups:
- General information and ephemera
- Administrative records
- Committee records
The records document the history, activities, and interests of the Harvard Club of
Boston. Activities documented include annual meetings and events sponsored by the
Club, and administrative details such as the election of officers and members, financial
information, and committee work.
Documents include newsclippings, pamphlets, programs and menus, correspondence, notices,
minutes, financial records, speeches and addresses, committee records, annual reports,
This document last updated 2016 June 16.
- Series: Committee records, 1908-1985 57 folders
- Reorganization of committees,  HUD 3227 Box 6
Obsolete call number: Formerly classified as HUD 3227.956
- Minutes of Executive Committee meetings, October 24, 1955-May 24, 1956 HUD 3227 Box 6
Date: October 24, 1955-May 24, 1956
Obsolete call number: Formerly classified as HUD 3227.625
- Report of the Committee on Pensions, March 29, 1949 (Mimeographed; 17 leaves) HUD 3227 Box 7
Date: March 29, 1949
Obsolete call number: Formerly classified as HUD 3227.669
- Reports of the Committee on Relations with Secondary Schools, January 1, 1910 and
May 15, 1910 (13 p.) (2 copies) HUD 3227 Box 7,
Date: January 1, 1910
Date: May 15, 1910
Obsolete call number: Formerly classified as HUD 3227.680
- Committee on Scholarships records, 1909-1985 21 folders
Conditions Governing Access: 80 year restriction applies to this subseries. Consult reference staff for details.
Historical note: The Committee on Scholarships was later known as the Scholarship Committee; it issued
reports jointly with the Schools Committee. In the mid-1950s, the two committees joined
to form the Schools and Scholarship Committee. After 1950, the scholarship fund was
administered by the Harvard Club of Boston Foundation.
Scope and Contents
: Early correspondence documents the work of the Committee on Scholarships and includes
incoming and outgoing correspondence with successful and unsuccessful applicants,
principals of local high schools, officers of the Club and members of the Committee,
as well as lists of applicants.
Later correspondence consists of appeals for donations to scholarship fund sent to
the general membership of the Club by members of the Schools and Scholarship Committee.
Scholarship reports were issued by the Committee(s) to serve a dual purpose: appeal
to Club membership for donations to the scholarship fund and to introduce members
to successful applicants. Reports listed scholarship recipients (frequently including
a short biography or resume) and, in some cases, donors to the fund.
Obsolete call number: Portions formerly classified as HUD 3227.675, HUD 3227.222, and HUD 3227.266.
- Committee on Scholarships correspondence, 1909-1913 5 folders HUD 3227 Box 7
- Committee on Scholarships correspondence, 1914-1916 5 folders HUD 3227 Box 8
- Schools and Scholarship Committee correspondence, 1966-1973 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarships of Harvard Club of Boston, statistics of number of applicants, 1910-1914
HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1916 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1921 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1992/1953 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1956/1957-1957/1958 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1960 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1964-1966 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1968-1970 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1973-1978 HUD 3227 Box 8
- Scholarship report, 1985-1990 HUD 3227 Box 8