Early Faculty minutes, 1725-1806: Records of the Harvard Faculty and Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Content Notes

This collection contains the official minutes of Harvard University Faculty meetings held from 1725 to 1806, as well as "waste books" (volumes containing notes taken at the meetings which were later edited and augmented to create the official minutes) and other unofficial minutes taken in 1760 and from 1771 to 1800. These early minutes predate the existence of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (established in 1890) and were taken at meetings of what was then simply called "the Faculty," which consisted of the Harvard College President, professors and tutors, and occasionally the Librarian, the Steward, and other invited parties with an interest in the subjects of discussion.