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Sanborn Map Company / revisions by “Lennox”, HARVARD UNIVERSITY INCLUDING MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTY CAMBRIDGE, MASS. 1940[.] CORRECTED TO APR. 1943. [New York]: Sanborn Map Company, 1940/43.

Extraordinary Sanborn atlas of Harvard University

A marvelous and very rare fire insurance atlas of Harvard University, published in 1940 by the Sanborn Map Company and with pasted-on updates to 1943. This atlas consists of a key map and 13 single-page maps, each ca. 25” by 21” and executed at the colossal scale of 50 feet to the inch. In aggregate […]

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Printed by Thomas and John Fleet, ILLUSTRISSIMO JOHANNI HANCOCK, Armigero, GUBERNATORI; HONORATISSIMO THOMAE CUSHING, Armigero, CONSILIARIIS et SENATORIBUS REIPUBLICAE MASSACHUSETTENSIS; Reverendisque, Ecclesiarum in Oppidis sex vicinis, PRESBYTERIS, Universitatis HARVARDIANEAE CURATORIBUS; Reverendo JOSEPHO WILLARD, PRAESIDI; Toti SENATUI Academico; Caeterisque, qui in Rebus Universitatis administrandis versantur; Venerandis Ecclesiarum passim Pastoribus; Universis Denique, ubicunque terrarium, Humanitatis Cultoribus, Reique Publicae nostrae literariae Fautoribus; THESES hasce, Juvenes in Artibus initiate…. Cambridge: July 16, 1783.

Rare Revolutionary-era Harvard commencement broadside, issued at the end of the American Revolution

A rare Harvard commencement broadside issued in 1783, with interesting features suggesting the prevalence at the College of patriotic and republican sentiments. Background The Harvard University Archives, which naturally holds the largest collection of such broadsides, provides helpful background on the genre and the underlying mechanisms. “The Theses and Quaestiones broadsides display propositions and questions […]

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Printed by Thomas and John Fleet, PROCERIBUS POLITIAE MASSACHUSETTENSIS HONORATISSIMIS et consultissimis, Reverendissimisque Viris, Ecclesiarum in Oppidis sex Vicinis Presbyteris Academiae CANTABRIGIENSIS NOV-ANGLORUM CURATORIBUS vigilantissimis…. Cambridge: July 15, 1778.

Rare Revolutionary-era Harvard commencement broadside

A rare Harvard commencement broadside issued in 1778 while the Revolutionary War was raging, with interesting features suggesting the prevalence at the College of patriotic and republican sentiments. Though the broadside makes no mention of the fact, Harvard had canceled its public commencement ceremony for 1778, as it had every year since the uproar in […]

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[ Harvard Yale regatta] Hoggson & Robinson, Steam Job Printers, BOAT RACE! ON LAKE SALTONSALL. HARVARD SCIENTIFIES! VS. YALE SCIENTIFICS! ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22d, 1870.

Unrecorded Harvard Yale Regatta broadside

A large, displayable and extremely rare broadside promoting a June 1870 rowing contest between Harvard and Yale. The race was a prelude to that year’s installment of the Harvard Yale regatta, then and now the country’s oldest intercollegiate athletic competition. The event was held at Lake Saltonstall, a long, narrow body of water in Brandford […]

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Julius Hermann Kummer del. and lith., BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF HARVARD COLLEGE, AND OLD CAMBRIDGE. Boston: Prang & Mayer, 1858.

Lovely bird’s-eye view of Harvard College

A handsome view of Harvard College and surrounding areas of Cambridge. The image consists of a large bird’s-eye view of Harvard College and five smaller vignettes. The main view depicts the College as seen from the East, with Cambridge Common in the middle ground and the Charles River and Washington Tower atop Mt. Auburn Cemetery visible […]

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BRM2452 Columbian Mag Harvard

The first obtainable print of Harvard

A scarce and appealing 18th-century view of Harvard and “the earliest engraving of the College which one may reasonably hope to obtain.” (Bail) The view is taken from a point in front of the present-day Johnston Gate on Massachusetts Avenue across from Cambridge Common. It shows the three College buildings as they appeared in 1726, from […]

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[Manuscript map and cartoons of Claude Grahame-White’s triumph at the 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet. Cambridge or Boston area, 1910.] [with:] [Two programs for the Aero Meet.]

Manuscript pictorial map of the 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet

A delightful hand-drawn pictorial map and cartoons celebrating Claude Grahame-White’s round-trip flight to Boston Light at the 1910 Harvard-Boston Aero Meet. Background The Harvard Boston Aero Meet was held September 3-13, 1910, jointly organized by the Aero Club of New England and the Harvard Aeronautical Society. Twenty-two aviators from around the world descended on Harvard […]

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