College Book 1, 1639-1795
College Book No. 1, which dates back to 1639, includes a list of graduates from 1642 to 1795; the College laws; library rules and a catalog of books; the text of the Charter of 1650; Board of Overseers and Corporation minutes; accounts of gifts and bequests; and numerous other administrative and financial records.
Recorded in College Book No. 1 are minutes from a Board of Overseers meeting held on December 27, 1643 which state, “It is ordered that there shall be a colledge seale in forme following,” accompanied by a hand-drawn design for the proposed College coat of arms depicting three books bearing the word “VERITAS.”