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UAI 20.940

Harvard University. Records related to Selective Service registration at Harvard University, 1940, 1942 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 20.940
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University.
Title: Records related to Selective Service registration at Harvard University, 1940, 1942
Date(s): 1940-1942
Quantity: .65 cubic feet (2 portfolio folders)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The United States began drafting men for military service with the passage of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 (also known as the Burke-Wadsworth Act) on September 16, 1940. This collection documents Harvard University's participation in the registration of men under the Selective Training and Service Act on October 16, 1940 and June 30, 1942. Records include registration day placards, check lists for chief registrars, blank volunteer cards, lists of Harvard University registrar instructors and registrars, and completed registrar's reports.

Acquisition information:

The documents in this collection are University records and were acquired in the course of University business. Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the folder list below.
The acquisitions are as follows:
  • 1942 August 25, Jerome D. Greene
  • 1948, Harvard President's Office
  • Processing Information:

    This inventory was created in April 2014 by Dominic P. Grandinetti from a cursory inspection of the material and a variety of information sources. Titles were devised by the archivist.

    Researcher Access:

    Open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Harvard University. Records related to Selective Service registration at Harvard University, 1940, 1942. UAI 20.940, Harvard University Archives.

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    Historical note

    The United States began drafting men for military service with the passage of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 (also known as the Burke-Wadsworth Act) on September 16, 1940. This Selective Service Act required those men between the ages of 21 and 35 to register with local draft boards. Later, when the United States entered World War II, all men aged 18 to 45 were subject to military service, and all men aged 18 to 65 were required to register. In October 1940, Harvard University offered to help Cambridge and Boston election officials in fulfilling the registration requirements mandated under the Selective Service Act. On October 16, 4,700 students and faculty members registered for United States military service. Subsequent registrations took place after the United States entered World War II. On June 30, 1942, Harvard University made the Widener Library available for a fifth registration under the Selective Service Act, where 1,278 Harvard students enlisted for military service.

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    Scope and Contents

    This collection documents Harvard University's participation in the registration of men under the Selective Training and Service Act on October 16, 1940 and June 30, 1942. Records include registration day placards, check lists for chief registrars, blank volunteer cards, lists of Harvard University registrar instructors and registrars, and completed registrar's reports listing some of those Harvard students who registered for selective service at Harvard on June 30, 1942.

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