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The Harvard Club of Boston is an organization of Harvard alumni living in and around Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded on March 19, 1908, and is still in existence as of 2008.

From the description of Records of the Harvard Club of Boston, 1908-1990. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 656153692

The Harvard Club of Boston was founded on March 19, 1908, more than fifty years after the first Boston-based Harvard club was established (see the Records of the Harvard Club, Harvard University Archives call number: HUD 3226). The original aim of the Harvard Club of Boston, summarized by its first five officers, was to "give effective expression to the Harvard spirit" through such activities as annual dinners and other social meetings. By the time the first meeting was held on June 23, 1908, there were more than 450 members. By its second year, the Club had almost 1,200 members, and by 1915, membership was over 4,000.

As membership continued to grow, the Club began to search for a permanent clubhouse. Land at the corner of Massachusetts and Commonwealth Avenues was purchased in May 1912, and the clubhouse was dedicated on November 12, 1913. Due to the higher than expected construction costs, the Club incorporated itself itself in January 1913 to facilitate funding.

In its early year, the Club began several long-standing traditions. These included attending the Harvard-Yale football game and crew races (the Club provided trains to New Haven in odd years), feting victorious Harvard athletic teams, and providing scholarships for local high school students to attend Harvard College. Annual meetings were held in late winter, and various recitals, concerts, talks, and lectures were sponsored by the Club throughout the year. The new clubhouse included eight squash courts, which were open to members' sons, as well as to wives and daughters in 1927.

The Harvard Club of Boston Foundation was established on July 10, 1950 to facilitate fund-raising for the scholarships offered by the Club. In 1954, a downtown "Harvard Banquet" room was opened at Purcell's Restaurant on School Street in order to give members a convenient place to gather for lunch. This facility moved in 1967, but a permanent Downtown Harvard Club was opened at One Milk Street in November 1976.

In the 1970s, the Club instituted a travel program, allowing members to travel at special group rates, and created a Travel Committee.

From the guide to the Records of the Harvard Club of Boston, 1908-1990 (inclusive), (Harvard University Archives)

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referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Perry, Bliss, 1860-1954. Correspondence with Jerome Johnson, 1920-1943. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Letters to his sister Estelle, 1933-1964 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Harvard University. Records of symposium on higher education, 1943 November 15. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Walter Gropius papers, 1925-1969 (inclusive), 1937-1969 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916. The mechanical, the historical and the statistical : typescript, 1914. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Thomas W. Lamont John Masefield collection, 1918-1947. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Wendell family papers, ca. 1620-1921. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1971. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Santayana, George, 1863-1952. Letters to Boylston Adams Beal, 1893-1941. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers of Daniel Robbins and Seymour Slive, (inclusive), (bulk), 1959-2003, 1971-1982 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Records, 1942-1967. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (inclusive), 1862-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Records of the Harvard Club of Boston, 1908-1990 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979. Papers of Leverett Saltonstall, 1935?-1979? (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Wetherbee, Winthrop, 1863-1949. Harvard Advocate owned by Winthrop Wetherbee, 1882-1931 (inclusive) Harvard University, Archives
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referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museum Archives
referencedIn Poets' Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.) records, 1936-1989 (inclusive), 1950-1960 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1878-1972. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
creatorOf Harvard Club of Boston. Records of the Harvard Club of Boston, 1908-1990. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Records of the Assistants to the Directors, 1913-1999 (inclusive), 1927-1943 (bulk) Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith A. L. Lowell person
associatedWith Associated Harvard Clubs corporateBody
associatedWith Charles H. Watkins person
correspondedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Donald K. David person
associatedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
correspondedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 person
associatedWith Fitz, Reginald person
associatedWith Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine. corporateBody
associatedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 person
correspondedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 person
correspondedWith Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969 person
correspondedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Harvard Art Museum. Director's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Club of Boston Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith James B. Conant. person
associatedWith J. W. Courtney person
correspondedWith Lamont, Thomas W. (Thomas William), 1870-1948 person
correspondedWith La Piana, George, 1879-1971 person
associatedWith Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900- person
associatedWith Lippman, Walter person
associatedWith Nathan M. Pusey person
associatedWith New England Federation of Harvard Clubs. corporateBody
associatedWith Paul Azan person
associatedWith Perry, Bliss, 1860-1954. person
correspondedWith Poets' Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.). corporateBody
associatedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964 person
correspondedWith Robbins, Daniel person
associatedWith Robert D. Weston person
correspondedWith Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937 person
associatedWith Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916. person
associatedWith Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979. person
associatedWith Santayana, George, 1863-1952. person
associatedWith S. H. Cross person
associatedWith Theobald Smith person
correspondedWith Unitarian Service Committee. Medical Missions. corporateBody
correspondedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Wetherbee, Winthrop, 1863-1949. person
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