The following are helpful online and print resources for learning more about Harvard in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Batchelder, Samuel F. "The History of Commons at Harvard—II." Harvard Alumni Bulletin, Volume 23, Part 2, 1921, pages 727–735.

Clark, Henry and F.O. Vaille, editors. The Harvard Book: A Series of Historical, Biographical, and Descriptive Sketches... Two volumes. Cambridge: Welch, Bigelow and Company, 1875.

Eliot, Samuel A. A Sketch of the History of Harvard College and of Its Present State. Boston: Charles Little and James Brown, 1848.

Eliot, Samuel A. Donations to Harvard College from Its Foundation to the Present Time. February 1848.

Foster, Margery Somers. "Out of Smalle Beginnings...": An Economic History of Harvard College in the Puritan Period (1636–1712). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1962.

Hall, Benjamin Homer. A Collection of College Words and Customs. Cambridge, Mass.: J. Bartlett, 1851.

Harris, Seymour E. Economics of Harvard. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1970.

Harvard University. Historical Register of Harvard University, 1636–1936. Cambridge: Harvard University, 1937. An earlier edition (1636–1930) is included in the Quinquennial Catalogue, noted below.

Harvard University. Harvard University Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates, 1636–1930. Cambridge: The University, 1930.

Harvard University. Education, Bricks and Mortar: Harvard Buildings and Their Contribution to the Advancement of Learning. Cambridge: The University, 1949.

Harvard University. Harvard College Records [1636–1750.]  Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Volumes 15, 16, 31, 49, 50. Boston: The Colonial Society, 1925-1975.

Harvard University. Harvard University Handbook: An Official Guide to the Grounds, Buildings, Libraries, Museums, and Laboratories, With Notes on the History, Development and Activities of All Departments of the University. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936.

Harvard University Library. Harvard Library Bulletin. Vol. 1, no. 1 (winter 1947)–present. Covers a variety of library-related topics, including historical overviews of Harvard libraries and collections.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. Harvard College in the Seventeenth Century. Two volumes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. Three Centuries of Harvard, 1636–1936. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Founding of Harvard College. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1935. (Reprint, with a new foreword by Hugh Hawkins, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.)

Quincy, Josiah. The History of Harvard University. Cambridge: Published by John Owen, 1840.

Sibley, John Langdon and others. Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge, [Mass.]: Charles William Sever, University Bookstore, 1873. Eighteen volumes, various authors and publishers, covering the Harvard College Classes of 1642 to 1774.
The first three volumes of this work are available online:

  • Volume I (Harvard College Classes of 1642–1658)
  • Volume II (Harvard College Classes of 1659–1677)
  • Volume III (Harvard College Classes of 1678–1689)