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Harvard University



  • Existence: 1780-

Biographical / Historical

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Harvard College was incorporated in 1650. In 1780, Harvard College became Harvard University. Harvard was named after the College's first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and half his estate to the institution. A statue of John Harvard stands today in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard, and is perhaps the University's best known landmark. Harvard University has 12 degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Harvard University Order of Exercises for Commencement

Identifier: I-199
Abstract The program for commencement from Harvard University in which candidates for the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Arts gave orations on different topics in several languages. Thomas B. Gannett gave a Hebrew oration on "The Dignity of the Hebrew Language."
Dates: 1809

Judah Monis Collection

 Collection — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.container: Consolidated Box P10, Folder: P-343
Identifier: P-343
Abstract Collection consists of a photocopy of an English translation of a letter written in Hebrew by Monis to Robert Woodrow of Scotland (original translation in Scottish Record Office), and manuscript of Hebrew grammar made by William Metcalf while student in Judah Monis's Hebrew class at Harvard College.
Dates: 1723-1724