College Book 1, 1639-1795

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About this Item

Creator
Harvard University. Corporation
Collection Title
College Books, 1636-1827 1636-1827
Language
English
Date
1639-1795
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Rights
The College Books are open for research.
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/hua53010c00001

Content Notes

This long and narrow leather-bound volume, sometimes referred to as the Long College Book, contains early records of Harvard's two governing boards, the Corporation and the Board of Overseers, as well as a miscellany of entries, made in multiple hands, on assorted topics. Although its proper title is College Book 1, the spine title reads "College Book 1 & 2" due to a nineteenth century labeling error. Proceedings from Corporation and Overseers' meetings were entered unsystematically in this volume, alongside financial statements and other records. The varied purposes of the individual quires which make up this volume, along with the early scarcity of paper, contribute to its disorganized nature. One scholar described it as "jumbled together in a haphazard way now impossible of explanation," although several other scholars have attempted to explain its organization. Some entries are in Latin.