Ward, Lauriston. Papers of Lauriston Ward, 1900-1955 and undated: an inventory
Harvard University Archives
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Call No.: HUM 119
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Ward, Lauriston
Title: Papers of Lauriston Ward, 1900-1955 and undated.
Date(s): 1900-1955 and undated.
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet (1 half-document box, 1 flat box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Lauriston Ward (1882-1960) was a journalist, businessman, and anthropologist. The
Papers of Lauriston Ward chiefly document his studies of English writers and British
history at Harvard from 1900 to 1903. The bulk of the collection consists of Ward's
student notes, papers, and essays, and a small number of Harvard publications pertaining
to student life at Harvard from 1901 to 1903. The collection also includes a small
amount of biographical material and personal correspondence created after Ward's student
career at Harvard from 1910 to 1955.
The Papers of Lauriston Ward were acquired through donation. The acquisition is as
Accession number: 18418; 2011 September 12
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Ward, Lauriston. Papers of Lauriston Ward, 1900-1955 and undated. HUM 119, Harvard
- In the Harvard University Archives
- ___School of Overseas Administration. Correspondence of the administrators, 1943-1945
- ___Lauriston Ward, Notes for Lectures, Army Specialized Training Program, 1943-1944
- In the Houghton Library
- ___Lauriston Ward notebooks on "Imaginative fiction," ca. 1946-1952 (Hougton MS AM
- In the Peabody Museum Archives
- ___Lauriston Ward papers, 1936-1960 (977-62).
Lauriston Ward (1882-1960) was a journalist, businessman, and anthropologist. As a scholar, Ward studied the origins of the Neolithic Age in the Middle East and its spread to Northern Asia and the Far East. After graduating from Harvard College in 1903, Ward spent several years as a newspaper reporter, publicity writer, and free lance contributor to newspapers and magazines. In 1914, he abandoned journalism and joined the travel
agency, Raymond and Whitcomb Company, serving as secretary, director, and personnel manager. Ward returned to the academic world in 1932 as a graduate student in Anthropology at Harvard; receiving his Master of Arts in 1934. Ward remained at Harvard as a Lecturer and Tutor in Anthropology until his retirement from teaching in 1948. At the Harvard Peabody Museum, Ward became Curator of Asiatic Archaeology in 1937 and chairman of the American School of Prehistory in 1954. In 1953, Ward helped establish the Council of Old World Archaeology, an organization dedicated to publishing surveys and bibliographies of current archaeology
- Brew, John Otis, Derwood Warner Lockard, and Noel Morss. "Lauriston Ward." Harvard University Gazette (October 29, 1960) : 38-39.
The records are arranged in three series:
The Papers of Lauriston Ward chiefly document his studies at Harvard from 1900 to 1903. Ward's student materials refer to his studies of English writers, British history, and the French language. They also contain a small number of Harvard publications pertaining to student life at Harvard from 1901 to 1903. In addition, Ward's correspondence includes a letter
to his father while a student at Harvard in which Ward discusses the study of Matthew Arnold and fiction writing. Ward's biographical materials include a photograph of Ward while
a student at Harvard (ca. 1903). The collection also contains a small amount of material
created after Ward's student career at Harvard, including a brief biographical sketch
of Ward (1955), his United States passport (1910), and personal correspondence with
friends and acquaintances (1914, 1937).
This document last updated 2012 March 15.
- Series: I. Biographical material, 3 folders
Date: 1903-1910, 1955
Arrangement: The biographical material in this series is arranged alphabetically.
Scope and Contents: This series contains a one paragraph biographical description of Lauriston Ward appearing
in the Harvard Today in 1955; a photograph of Ward while a student at Harvard (ca. 1903); and Ward's United
States passport (1910).
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 1. Harvard Today,
Date: 1955 June 12-15
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 2. Photograph of Lauriston Ward,
- HUM 119 Box 2, Folder 1. United States passport,
Date: 1910 January 8
- Series: II. Correspondence, 4 folders
Arrangement: The correspondence in this series is arranged chronologically.
Scope and Contents: This series consists of Ward's incoming and outgoing personal correspondence. It includes
a letter Ward wrote to his father while a student at Harvard in which Ward discusses
the study of Matthew Arnold, fiction writing, and Ward's interest in palmistry; a letter from George W. Robinson thanking Ward for his support; a letter from Charles Sumner Bird refusing a dinner invitation; and a letter from John Hay, Secretary of the Harvard Monthly, acknowledging Ward's work on the Monthly as a student and asking him to support the reestablishment of the magazine with the
purchase of a subscription.
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 3. Letter from Lauriston Ward to his father,
Date: 1900 August 24
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 4. Letter from George W. Robinson to Lauriston Ward,
Date: 1914 January 20
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 5. Letter from Charles Sumner Bird to Lauriston Ward,
Date: 1914 January 29
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 6. Letter from John Hay, Secretary of the Harvard Monthly, to Lauriston Ward,
Date: 1937 January 9
- Series: III. Student materials, 10 folders
Date: 1900-1903 and undated
Arrangement: The student materials in this series are arranged alphabetically.
Scope and Contents: This series documents Lauriston Ward's (AB 1903) studies at Harvard. It includes two papers written by Ward on the English
writer Maurice Hewlett and the Athabascan Indians of Alaska; Ward's notes on British history from 54 B.C. to 1422; and Ward's essays on various
English writers including Edmund Burke, John Milton, and Thomas Carlyle. The papers and essays include brief remarks by Ward's professors and note the grades
Ward received. Grade and rank lists note the grades attained by Ward in French, History, and English for the years 1900 to 1902. This series also includes a small number of Harvard publications
pertaining to student life at Harvard including a commencement program (1903), a list
noting the prices of rooms available to students, an English Department pamphlet outlining
course offerings, and a school directory recording students' University department,
academic rank, and local street address.
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 7. Bowdoin prize competition paper,
Date: 1903 April 1
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 8. Commencement program,
- HUM 119 Box 2, Folder 1. Descriptive list of rooms,
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 9. Department of English Announcement,
- HUM 119 Box 1 Folder 10. Directory of Officers and Students in all Departments of the University,
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 11. Grades attained by L. Ward,
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 12. Notes from History 1, undated
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 13. Notebooks of English essays, undated
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 14. Paper for Anthropology 5,
Date: 1903 January 14
- HUM 119 Box 1, Folder 15. Rank list for 1901-1902