Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 1 and 2, 1636-1846

About this Collection

Creator
Harvard University , Corporation.
Type
Accounts.Bills.Correspondence.Legal instruments.Petitions.Receipts (financial records).Wills.
Collection Title
Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 1 and 2, 1636-1846
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
0.5 cubic feet (2 legal document boxes, 1 flat box)
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990147458910203941

Content Notes

The first series of the Harvard College Papers comprises eleven volumes of historical and administrative records dating back as early as the mid-1600s arranged in chronological order. Papers that were accidentally overlooked, or newly discovered or received, were added later as supplements; this collection supplements Volumes 1 and 2, and dates from 1636 to 1785, with a small amount of material dated through 1846. Included are eighteenth and nineteenth century manuscript handwritten copies of charters, College laws, land grants and bequests to Harvard, Corporation votes, financial records, and administrative correspondence.

Biographical Notes

At a special meeting of the Harvard Corporation on February 6, 1850, the President and Fellows voted that "the President cause to be examined and arranged all the manuscript papers relating to the College, whether records, letters, or other papers now in Gore Hall or other buildings of the University, and procure such as are worthy of preservation to be substantially 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. Historical and administrative records dating back as early as the mid-1600s were gathered together and arranged in chronological order in eleven bound volumes which were then placed in the Library. This collection is known as Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers, 1st series, 1636-1825, 1831. A second series of Harvard College Papers covers the years 1826 to 1863. After 1850, historical records continued to be collected and arranged on an intermittent basis. Papers that were accidentally overlooked, or newly discovered or received, were added later as supplements. Two supplementary volumes were prepared by Keeper of the Archives William Garrott Brown (1868-1913) in the late 1890s, while he was creating a calendar, or descriptive inventory, for the Harvard College Papers, 1st series. These volumes cover the years 1636 through 1846, although the bulk of the material is dated 1636-1785. Brown, who worked under Harvard Librarian Justin Winsor (1877-1897) inventoried Volumes 1-5 in the College Papers, but not the later volumes in the collection. The inventory, which also includes the supplements for Volumes 1-4, is housed in Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers: Calendar, 1636-1815.