The 17th- and 18th-century collections in the Harvard University Archives paint a detailed picture of daily life and material culture at Harvard College, as well as in Cambridge as a whole and New England in general.
Harvard's administrative records, kept by the College Steward and Butler, document goods and services purchased from the local community and track patterns of consumption. Disciplinary records document student misbehavior both major and minor. Student diaries and letters home offer glimpses of personal habits and family life.
Search HOLLIS, the Harvard Library catalog, to find descriptions and links to online content for 17th and 18th century collections in the Harvard University Archives.
- Use the terms listed below as a subject in a HOLLIS advanced search.
- Use "Harvard in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries" as a title in a HOLLIS advanced search.
Collection descriptions in HOLLIS or finding aids in HOLLIS for Archival Discovery:
- Diary of Henry Flynt
- Diary of Margaret Appleton Holyoke Mascarene
- District reports of the Harvard College Scholars of the House
- Early records of the Steward
- Harvard Commons records
- Holyoke family diaries
- Papers of the Bordman family
- Records of the Butler
See also Colonial North America at Harvard Library for online access to 17th and 18th century collections held by the Harvard University Archives and other special collections and archives at Harvard.