Harvard College Papers, 1st series, 1636-1825, 1831

About this Collection

Harvard University , Corporation.
Collection Title
Harvard College Papers, 1st series, 1636-1825, 1831
2 cubic feet (11 volumes)
Harvard University Archives

Content Notes

At a special meeting of the Corporation on February 6, 1850, the President and Fellows voted to have all manuscript papers related to the history of the College and College affairs identified, arranged, and bound. James W. Harris, an assistant in the Library who also served as an assistant to President Jared Sparks, was assigned the task of arranging and indexing the papers. The first series of College Papers comprises eleven volumes of historical and administrative records dating from 1651 to 1825 (as well as an 1831 document from the tenure of President Josiah Quincy). The collection chiefly consists of correspondence between College administrators (including the president, treasurer, steward, and librarian), professors, and tutors. The Papers also contain reports of committees and departments; copies of official memorials and petitions to the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers, as well as to the General Court of Massachusetts; copies of Harvard charters; financial records; plans of property; copies of votes by the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers; memoranda; bills of lading for goods shipped to the College; building estimates; and subscription papers for funds.