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Harvard/Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf


Welcome to the Harvard/Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf, a joint project of the Harvard University Archives and the Schlesinger LIbrary. This site provides access to frequently-consulted sources on the history of Harvard and Radcliffe.

Most of these materials are owned, held, or licensed by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. They are being provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, posting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires permission.

Annual reports

Harvard & Radcliffe Annual Reports, 1825-1995.
   Search and browse annual reports.

Harvard University. Fact Book.
    Web site provided by Office of the Provost with downloadable PDFs, 1992-present.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Peabody Museum Annual Reports.
    Web site provides browsable reports, 1868-1890. Peabody Museum reports after 1890 are included in Harvard & Radcliffe annual reports.

General histories

Faust, Drew Gilpin. Mingling Promiscuously: A History of Men and Women at Harvard.
    Lecture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2005.   

Harvard University. History of the Presidency.
    Brief biographies of Harvard presidents.

Howells, Dorothy Elia. A Century to Celebrate: Radcliffe College, 1879-1979.
    Cambridge, Mass.: Radcliffe College, 1978.

Massachusetts. Constitutional Articles and Legislative Enactments Relative to the Board of Overseers and the Corporation of Harvard University; also Rules and Regulations of the Overseers.
    Cambridge, Mass.: C. Folsom, Printer to the University, 1835.

Quincy, Josiah. The History of Harvard University.
    Cambridge, Mass.: J. Owen, 1840.

Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Sibley's private diary, 1846-1882.
    Web site provides transcription of manuscript diary.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Yards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History.
    New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Vaille, Frederick O. and Clark, Henry Alden. The Harvard Book: a Series of Historical, Biographical, and Descriptive Sketches by Various Authors.
    Boston, Houghton, Osgood and Co., 1878.

University publications and web sites

Harvard University. A-Sites: Archived Harvard Web Sites.
    Archives of selected Harvard web sites. Covers 2007-present.

Harvard University Gazette.
    Web site provides online issues, 1996-present.

Harvard University. A-Cats: Archived Harvard University Online Course Catalogs.
    Searchable database of courses and instructors, 2005-present.

Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Handbook for Students.
    Web site provided by the Office of the Registrar. Browsable Handbooks, 2005-present.

Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Courses of Instruction.
    Browsable online course catalogs, 1999-present.

The Harvard University Catalogue. (Some issues titled General Catalogue or Catalogue of Names.)
    Cambridge, Mass.: various publishers, 1852-1923. Lists faculty, students, and departments. Early years list courses of instruction.

Harvard University. Catalog of the officers and students of the University in Cambridge.
    Cambridge, Mass.: various publishers, 1819-1866.

Student and alumni publications

Harvard Alumni Directory.
    Boston, Mass.: Harvard Alumni Association, 1919. Includes former students and holders of honorary degrees.

Harvard Crimson. "Search."
    Web site. Search articles in back issues of the Harvard Crimson. Covers 1873-present.

Harvard Glee Club. The Harvard Song Book.
    Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Glee Club, 1922.

Harvard Lyceum. (Harvard login required.)
    Cambridge, Mass.: Hilliard and Metcalf, 1810-1811. Student literary journal.

Harvard Magazine.
    Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1996-present.

The Harvard Register. (Harvard login required)
    Cambridge, Mass.: Hilliard and Brown, 1827-1828. Student literary journal.

The Harvard Register : an Illustrated Monthly.
    Cambridge, Mass.: Moses King, 1880-1881. Covers Harvard and higher education.

The Harvard University Register.
    Boston, Mass.: various publishers, 1898-1928. Lists student organizations, faculty, students, and athletic events. Includes The Radcliffe Register.

    Cambridge, Mass.: James Munroe, 1834-1838. Student literary journal.

Radcliffe Magazine.
    Cambridge, Mass : Radcliffe College, 1899-1920. Student literary journal also includes reports of student activities and career information.

Harvard buildings

Hail, Christopher. Cambridge Buildings and Architects.
    Cambridge, Mass.: C. Hail, 2001. Covers 1630-1998. Also includes Harvard-owned buildings outside of Cambridge.

Harvard College. "Dorm History Search."
    Web site provided by the Freshman Dean's Office. Covers 1741-2008.

Harvard University. Education, Bricks and Mortar: Harvard Buildings and Their Contribution to the Advancement of Learning.
    Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1949. Includes alphabetical and chronological lists of Harvard buildings through 1949.

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