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HUD 10005

Harvard football programs, 1892-1992 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUD 10005
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard Athletic Association
Creator: Harvard University. Department of Athletics
Title: Harvard football programs, 1892-1992
Date(s): 1892-1992
Quantity: 2.4 cubic feet (8 document boxes, 1 flat box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The first football game is rumored to have been played on the Harvard campus between the freshman and sophomore classes in the fall of 1827. Football became an organized sport at Harvard in December 1872, when the Harvard University Foot-Ball Club (H.U.F.B.C. or H.F.B.C.) was formed to foster interest ino the sport within the College. This collection consists of official programs published for Harvard University football games.

Acquisition information:

Archivists in the Harvard University Archives and their predecessors assembled football programs from a number of sources to create this collection.
Acquisition information for individual items, when known, is noted at the item level below.

Processing Information:

This finding aid was created by Juliana Kuipers in December 2013.
Titles were devised by the archivist.

Researcher Access:

The Harvard football programs, 1892-1992 are open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Harvard football programs, 1892-1992. HUD 10005, Harvard University Archives.

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Historical Note

The first football game is rumored to have been played on the Harvard campus between the freshman and sophomore classes in the fall of 1827. This annual game between the two classes was forbidden by the Faculty in 1860; a football was solemnly buried to mark the occasion. The game revived in 1871, and football became an organized sport at Harvard in December 1872, when the Harvard University Foot-Ball Club (H.U.F.B.C. or H.F.B.C.) was formed to foster interest in the sport within the College. Harvard declined to join an intercollegiate association between Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and Rutgers in the fall of 1873, due to the different rules by which Harvard played; Harvard played its first intercollegiate games against McGill in 1874. The following year, the first game between Harvard and Yale was played in New Haven.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of official programs published for Harvard University football games, including programs for the famed Harvard-Yale game. From 1926 onwards, official programs for games on the Harvard campus were published as issues of the Harvard A.A. News and later, the Harvard Football News, by the Harvard Athletic Association or the Harvard University Department of Athletics. The collection also includes official programs published by athletic associations for campuses hosting away games, such as the Yale University Athletic Association.
The programs generally include rosters of team members, photographs of team members and campus buildings, historical notes and series histories between teams, score cards, rules, sports schedules, and advertisements.

General

This document last updated 2017 September 20.

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