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UAI 15.330.4

Harvard University. Corporation. Recommendations received for degrees out of course, 1874-1910: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 15.330.4
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. Corporation
Title: Recommendations received for degrees out of course, 1874-1910
Date(s): 1874-1910
Quantity: 1 collection (1.3 cubic foot (3 legal document boxes)
Abstract: Students who had withdrawn from the College prior to completing their coursework could be nominated by their classmates to receive degrees. Consists primarily of petitions to the President and Fellows of Harvard College requesting the granting of bachelor degrees out of course. The petitions illustrate the loyalty and long-standing friendships among Harvard College classmates.

Acquisition Information:

Discovered in the basement of Emerson Hall in 1947.

Processing Information:

This inventory was created in December 2013 by Kate Bowers from a variety of information sources. The material was not examined.
Collection title was devised by the archivist. Folder information in square brackets was provided by the archivist.

Researcher Access:

Open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Harvard University. Corporation. Recommendations received for degrees out of course, 1874-1910. UAI 15.330.4, Harvard University Archives.

Historical note

Students who had withdrawn from the College prior to completing their coursework could be nominated by their classmates to receive degrees. Petitions were circulated and submitted on behalf of withdrawn students by their classmates. Many were circulated in advance of a class anniversary.

Arrangement

The records are in chronological order.

Scope and Content

Consists primarily of petitions to the President and Fellows of Harvard College requesting the granting of bachelor degrees out of course. The records include testimony of alumni regarding the academic and moral character of degree candidates, the reasons for their withdrawal from the College, an account of candidates' achievements and experiences since leaving the College, and indicate whether or not the petition was granted. The petitions illustrate the loyalty and long-standing friendships among Harvard College classmates. Materials consist of handwritten and typewritten correspondence, petitions, students records, and letters of endorsement.

General

This document last updated 2013 December 4.

Condition

Some folders show water and mold damage.

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