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HUY 23

Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection, 1828-1936: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUY 23
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892.
Creator: Pendleton's Lithography
Title: Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection, 1828-1936
Date(s): 1828-1936
Quantity: 1.37 cubic feet (37 images and two artifacts in 2 half document boxes, 1 flat box, 6 portfolio folders, and 5 framed items)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection consists of a view of Harvard University, drawn by Alexander Jackson Davis and lithographed by Pendleton's Lithography in 1828, and six related views, published between 1830 and 1843. The collection also includes various adaptations and reproductions of the views.

Acquisition information:

Images in the Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection were acquired through donation and purchase from 1908 to 1984. Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the descriptions and item lists.
The acquisitions are as follows:
  • Donation by Ezra H. Baker, February 14, 1908
  • Donation by J. Francis Driscoll, October 16, 1910
  • Purchased with the Bright Fund, November 16, 1917
  • Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell, 1918
  • Donation by Robert G. Shaw, January 3, 1920
  • Donation from Charles N. Taylor, March 26, 1923
  • Donation by the Friends of the Library, February 15, 1933
  • Bequest of Dr. William L. Richardson, February 24, 1933
  • Donation by the Friends of the Library, 1935.
  • Purchased with Fine Money, May 18, 1936
  • Donation by Charles Moore Washington, May 10, 1937
  • Donation by the Friends of the Library, December 27, 1940
  • Donation by Charles Taylor, ca. 1941
  • Purchased with the Ellis Fund, April 4, 1950
  • Donation by Mrs. J. M. Arnold, February 19, 1951
  • Donation by Dr. Reginald Fitz, June 1952
  • Donation by the estate of William Inglis Morse, January 5, 1953
  • Donation by George Arents, Jr., 1957
  • Donation by Louis Freedman, June 1960
  • Purchased from Mrs. Hugh S. Lawson, April 1972.
  • Donation by Dr. Jacob Fine, May 1975
  • Accession 10065: May 25, 1984
  • Processing Information:

    The views comprising the Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection were first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980. In October 2010, Juliana Kuipers re-processed the material. Re-processing included integrating the original Davis-Pendleton view and all related views into a single collection, re-housing materials in appropriate containers, and the creation of this inventory.
    This finding aid was created by Juliana Kuipers in October 2010.

    Researcher Access:

    The Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection is open for research.

    Copying Restriction:

    Copying of fragile materials may be limited.

    Preferred Citation:

    Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection. HUY 23, Harvard University Archives.

    Historical note

    The view that forms the basis of the collection, titled "Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass." was drawn by Alexander Jackson Davis and lithographed by William S. and John B. Pendleton of the Boston-based Pendleton's Lithography in 1828; it is commonly referred to as the Davis-Pendleton View.* Showing the University as it appeared around 1828 from the perspective of the Old Burying Ground and the present Massachusetts Avenue, the following buildings appear from left to right: Stoughton Hall, Holden Chapel, Hollis Hall, Harvard Hall, University Hall, and Massachusetts Hall. The Class Tree stands in the Holden-Hollis-Harvard yard and Holworthy Hall can be glimpsed between Stoughton and Hollis Halls. A fence surrounds the University property, with entrances from the street by Holden Chapel and at the present Johnston Gate.
    Six other views, published between 1830 and 1843, are based on or follow the original Davis-Pendleton View. These include the First Hinton View, 1830; the Second Hinton View, 1834; the American Magazine View, 1835; L'Univers View, 1837; the Bromme View, ca. 1840; and the Third Hinton View, 1843.* Each of these views have subtle differences from the original, mostly in the figures that appear in the foreground. All identifying characteristics are described in the list below.

    * Note regarding names of views

    These names are taken from Hamilton Vaughan Bail's authoritative volume, Views of Harvard: a pictorial record to 1860. Within this finding aid, these names for the views are used both as series title and within descriptions. Image titles were taken from the images themselves, with additional title information added as necessary by the cataloger.

    References

    Arrangement

    The views are arranged in chronological order:

    Scope and Content

    The Davis-Pendleton View of Harvard University Collection consists of the original 1828 lithograph and the six related views. These views, published between 1830-1843, were all based on or follow the Davis-Pendleton View. The collection also includes restrikes or second states, adaptations, and reproductions of the views. All identifying characteristics of these individual views are described in the list below.

    General

    This document last updated 2014 February 25.

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