Selected Primary and Secondary Sources

This list includes both primary and secondary sources. Contact the Archives reference staff with any questions!  


HOLLIS for Archival Discovery

Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Harvard University, 1636-1930 

Sibley’s Harvard Graduates (See also HOLLIS)

Tolman Index to University records, 1636-1870 

Colonial North America at Harvard Library website 

College Laws:

College Laws of 1655  

College Customs [for freshmen] 1734/35 

College Laws of 1767  

College Laws of 1790 

Additional years and versions (see also HOLLIS and CNA) 

Harvard College Faculty official minutes, 1725-1806  

Harvard Board of Overseers minutes, 1707-1805 

Harvard Corporation records, 1643-1810 

The Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts include transcriptions of many Harvard records and information about people and events associated with Harvard in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Records of the Harvard College Library : Library charging records, 1762-1897 

The Calendar of Harvard History provides access to information about people, events, policies, academic and extracurricular student life, and other activities at Harvard from 1636 to the present. It is searchable by date and keyword. 

The Harvard Book: A Series of Historical, Biographical, and Descriptive Sketches... edited by Henry Clark and F.O. Vaille. Two volumes. Cambridge: Welch, Bigelow and Company, 1875 

A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall. Cambridge, Mass.: J. Bartlett, 1851 

The History of Harvard University by Josiah Quincy. Cambridge: Published by John Owen, 1840 

The Harvard in the 17th and 18th Centuries website (Note that links to HOLLIS searches do not work, but they do suggest terms and keywords to use in your own HOLLIS searches.) 

Harvard University Archives research guides provide sources for a variety of topics, some of which cover the 17th and 18th centuries.