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UAI 15.92

Harvard University. Architectural plans for Widener Library at Harvard University, 1911-1961: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 15.92
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University
Title: Architectural plans for Widener Library at Harvard University, 1911-1961.
Date(s): 1911-1961.
Quantity: 8.5 cubic feet (18 porfolio folders)
Abstract: The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, located in Harvard Yard, was dedicated on Commencement Day in 1915. Construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1914. These records are architectural drawings and plans, including plans for the building itself as well as interior fixtures, from pre-construction through construction and alterations.

Acquisition Information:

Records transferred to the Harvard University Archives.

Processing Information:

This inventory was created in December 2013 by Kate Bowers from a cursory inspection of the material and a variety of information sources.
Titles were devised by the archivist.

Researcher Access:

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Preferred Citation:

Harvard University. Architectural plans for Widener Library at Harvard University, 1911-1961. UAI 15.92, Harvard University Archives.

Historical note

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, located in Harvard Yard, was dedicated on Commencement Day in 1915. Construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1914. The building was funded with a gift from Eleanor Elkins Widener to honor the memory of her son, an avid book collector and 1907 graduate of Harvard College who died on the Titanic in 1912. The library was designed by Horace Trumbauer & Associates, with Julian F. Abele, a prominent African-American architect, as chief designer. Widener Library replaced Gore Hall, Harvard's first library building, which stood on the same site from 1838 to 1913.

Scope and Content

These records are architectural drawings and plans for the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library at Harvard University, including plans for the building itself as well as interior fixtures, from pre-construction through construction and alterations.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 August 29.

Obsolete folder numbers

UAI 15.92.2 was formerly included as part of this collection and was housed in Folder 14. There is no longer a folder 14 in this collection.

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