The John Harvard Family collection, 1577, 1622 and 1828-2001.


The John Harvard Family collection, 1577, 1622 and 1828-2001.

This collection presents what little information is available about John Harvard's life, family, and the world of the seventeenth century in which he lived. The documents in this collection recall John Harvard's brief life, the importance of his bequest to Harvard University, and the many honors and memorials bestowed upon Harvard after his death by generations of Harvard alumni. This collection also contains genealogical information about the Harvard family.

ca. 3 cubic feet (6 document boxes, 6 portfolio boxes)


SNAC Resource ID: 7139215

Harvard University Archives.

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