Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 3-7, 1785-1826

About this Collection

Creator
Harvard University , Corporation.
Type
Bills.Deeds.Legal instruments.Orders to pay.Petitions.Receipts (financial records).Wills.
Collection Title
Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 3-7, 1785-1826
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
1 cubic feet (4 legal document boxes, 1 flat box)
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990147458950203941

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, dated 1785-1826, supplements Volumes 3-7 of the College Papers and includes financial and legal records, correspondence, memoranda, and petitions related to Harvard's support of missionary work with Native Americans, the College lottery, bequests and land grants, landlord-tenant arrangements on Harvard property, and construction of Stoughton Hall, as well as student bills and accounts pertaining to ordering and publishing books.

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, corresponding to the Harvard College Papers, Volumes 1 and 2, 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, of the College Papers. Brown, who worked under Harvard Librarian Justin Winsor (1877-1897) numbered each of the documents in the first five volumes of the College Papers, which he used to assemble the calendar. The inventory also lists the items in the supplements to Volumes 1-4. William Coolidge Lane (1859-1931; Harvard AB 1881), Librarian of Harvard from 1898 to 1928, prepared two additional supplementary volumes to the College Papers, Volumes 3-4 and 5-7, which comprise this collection and are dated from 1785 to 1826.