College Books, 1636-1827

About this Collection

Harvard University , Corporation.
Collection Title
College Books, 1636-1827
3.43 cubic feet (8 volumes, 3 folders, 1 legal document box)
Harvard University Archives
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Hall, Stephen
Hancock, John
Hollis, Thomas
Lettsom, John Coakley
Williams, Samuel
Harvard University--Libraries
Harvard College (1636-1780)
Harvard College (1636-1780)--Administration--History
Harvard College (1636-1780)--Finance--History
Harvard College (1636-1780)--Fire, 1764
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Content Notes

This collection consists of eight bound volumes, known as the College Books, which contain Harvard Corporation records from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. They include the earliest known Corporation records. In addition to extensive minutes from Corporation meetings, the College Books also contain early minutes of Harvard's Board of Overseers and entries about a broad range of other topics, including donations from Thomas Hollis, the roles and responsibilities of the College Butler and Steward, and myriad gifts and bequests of money and property to the College. Also in the collection is an index to College Books 1-6, created by Harvard President Benjamin Wadsworth. Although it indexes a selective and relatively small number of topics, this volume is useful in locating entries on those topics and demonstrates which events and decisions Wadsworth deemed most important during his presidency.
  • College Books 1, 3, and 4 have been edited and reprinted in: Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. v. 15-16: Harvard College records, 1636-1750. Boston: The Society.