A few choice aperitifs to wet your whistle and set the stage for a full meal:

Records of the Board of Overseers: minutes, 1707-1932 This collection contains the official minutes of the Harvard University Board of Overseers' meetings held from 1707 to 1932. The deleterious effects of alcohol on students' behavior and academic success is a theme often visited in the minutes. Use the Tolman Index to search Overseers' minutes from 1707 to circa 1870.

Records of the Faculty relating to disorders, 1768-1880

Records of the Harvard Anti-Wine Society and of the Harvard Total Abstinence Society, 1836-1843

Records of the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of Massachusetts, Iota of Massachusetts, and Alpha Iota of Massachusetts chapters, 1779-2011 Includes Report of the Committee on the expediency of discontinuing the use of wine at the anniversary dinners, August 18, 1847.

Records of the S.O.C., 1875 The entries describe social activities of the four club members, including frequenting restaurants and other establishments.

Charles Whelan Cassidy diaries and photocopies, January-June 1936 and circa 1981 Includes descriptions of frequent trips to an establishment called Mike’s where Cassidy and his friends purchased frappes and magazines.

Beer can for "Harvard export beer", ca. 1940-1948? / The Harvard Brewing Co.

Advertising thermometer for "Harvard export beer", ca. 1950-ca. 1967 / Hampden-Harvard Breweries, Inc.

Harvard 350th anniversary commemorative wine bottle, 1986

The brew houses of Harvard College in the colonial period / by Hilda Minarik

Cocktails :how to make them. Providence : Livermore & Knight Co., 1898.

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  • Harvard University -- Students -- Alcohol use
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