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HUV 2336.17

Wood, Richard Carver. Photographs of Harvard faculty and buildings, 1936: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUV 2336.17
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Wood, Richard Carver.
Title: Photographs of Harvard faculty and buildings, 1936
Date(s): 1936-1991
Quantity: 0.72 cubic feet (4 flat boxes, 2 glass negative boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection consists of 58 black and white photographs and 117 negatives depicting Harvard buildings and faculty. Taken by photographer and architect Richard Carver Wood, the photographs were commissioned for the Harvard tercentenary celebration in 1936.

Acquisition information:

The bulk of the collection, including eleven portraits and all of the negatives, was donated to Harvard University in 1936 by Richard Carver Wood in May 1989 (Accession 11693). This acquisition presumably complemented portraits already held by the Archives. One photograph of Roger Bigelow Merriman was donated by the Department of History, August 1965.

Processing Information:

The collection was originally processed by Patricia Murray in August 1991.
Takumi Ohata reprocessed the collection in November and December 2010. Reprocessing involved a collection survey, rehousing in size- and format-appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid.

Researcher Access:

This collection is open for research.

Copying Restriction:

Duplication is subject to copyright restrictions.
Copying of fragile materials may be limited.

Preferred Citation:

Wood, Richard Carver. Photographs of Harvard faculty and buildings, 1936. HUV 2336.17, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Photographer and architect Richard Carver Wood was educated at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also worked on several documentaries, including Nancy Hamilton's documentary on Helen Keller, The Unconquered (1954).

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged alphabetically by title in two series:

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 58 black and white photographs and 117 negatives depicting Harvard buildings and faculty in 1936. Taken by photographer and architect Richard Carver Wood, the photographs were commissioned by David McCord for the Harvard tercentenary celebration in 1936. The collection includes images of University buildings, Harvard Yard, the statue of John Harvard, and David McCord's study in Wadsworth House. Faculty represented in the collection includes George D. Birkhoff, James Bryant Conant, Charles Townsend Copeland, George Lyman Kittredge, Roger Bigelow Merriman, Bliss Perry, and Alfred North Whitehead, among others.
Many of the photographs are mounted, presumably for display during the tercentenary celebration. Most of these mounted photographs were signed by Wood, and nine are sequentially numbered from one to ten (number four is lacking); these numbers may indicate the order in which they were arranged in the exhibition or refer to a possible exhibition catalog. Many of the negatives are also numbered. Eleven of the prints were made by the Harvard University Archives in August 1991.
Photographs of Charles Townsend Copeland, John Livingston Lowes, Bliss Perry, and Roscoe Pound were published in the Boston Herald's tercentenary supplement on September 13, 1936. Wood's photograph of the John Harvard statue appeared in a publicity pamphlet for the Harvard Fund Council into the 1940s; the photograph eventually became the basis for the Council's logo.

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This document last updated 2014 February 25.

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