Catalogs, Directories, and More
Annual University catalogs containing academic information may also include lists of students attending, home towns, and University residential addresses. Catalogs issued after 1923 are available for use in the Archives reading room.
Catalog of the officers and students of the University in Cambridge, 1819-1870. Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass.: various publishers, 1819-1866.
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 catalogs available online at HathiTrust, 1852-1923, some issues missing.
Quinquennial catalogue of the officers and graduates, 1636-1930 Harvard University. Cambridge: The University, 1930. This is the first place to check for information about Harvard degree recipients from 1642 to 1930. Does not include names of students who attended but did not receive a degree. Includes names and dates of service for Harvard faculty and administrators, 1642 to 1930.
Alumni directories (Find It @ Harvard) Published by the Harvard Alumni Association and issued periodically from 1919 to present.
Tentative list of temporary students, 1639-1800 In Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Volume XVII, pages 271-285.
Triennial Catalogues, 1674-1875. Chronological and cumulative lists of Harvard graduates published every three years from 1674 to 1875.
- "Notices of the triennial and annual catalogues of Harvard University: with a reprint of the catalogues of 1674, 1682 and 1700" by John L. Sibley
- Triennial Catalogues annotated by unidentified authors, 1773-1797
- William Winthrop Collection, 1782-1825
Dorm History Search Search by any combination of dorm, room number, class year, calendar year, and student name. Does not include Harvard Houses.
Cambridge Buildings and Architects compiled by Christopher Hail. Cambridge, Mass.: [C. Hail], 2001.
Searchable by person and street names. Database lists all buildings (that the compiler has been able to identify) past and present, organized by street address. Building histories include dates, type of structure, architects of original structure and of subsequent modifications, sources of information (building permits, COPAR survey, etc.), links to color photographs of selected buildings.