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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

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Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

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Records of the President of Harvard University, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, 1909-1933
Harvard University, President's Office., creator
Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943
Greene, Jerome Davis, 1874-1959
Harvard University, Corporation., Committee to Consider Principles and Methods for More Effective Sifting of Candidates for Admission to the University.
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Harvard University Archives

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244 document boxes and 11 volumes (ca. 82 cubic feet)
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Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence) , 1856-1943 ;  Harvard University -- Presidents ;  Harvard University -- Administration ;  Harvard University. , President's Office. ;  Harvard University -- Finance ;  Harvard University -- Admission ;  Harvard University -- Student housing ;  Architecture -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge ;  Academic freedom -- United States ;  Harvard University. , Graduate School of Business Administration -- Buildings -- Design and construction ;  Harvard University. , Graduate School of Education. ;  Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. ;  Rockefeller Foundation. ;  British Expeditionary Forces. , Harvard Surgical Unit. ;  World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care ;  Harvard-Technology Plan, 1918 ;  Police Strike, Boston, Mass., 1919 ;  Discrimination in education -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge ;  Harvard University -- Sports ;  Harvard University -- Students -- Drinking of alcoholic beverages ;  National Education Association of the United States -- Congresses ;  Education -- United States -- Congresses ;  Greene, Jerome Davis , 1874-1959 ;  Harvard University. , Corporation. , Committee to Consider Principles and Methods for More Effective Sifting of Candidates for Admission to the University. ;  Jews -- Education (Higher) -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge ;  Jewish college students -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge ;  Antisemitism -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918-1919

These records document almost every aspect of Lowell's administration during the period 1909-1933. In so doing, they also document national and international trends and events. Includes correspondence and other official records of President A. Lawrence Lowell relating to all aspects of the University during his term (1909-1933). Some highlights include Harvard's involvement in World War I, 1914-1918, including efforts of volunteer units, such as Harvard Surgical Unit; military training programs; and rebuilding of Louvain University. Also concerns expansion of Harvard and construction of many buildings, including establishment of the Graduate School of Education (first graduate school at Harvard to admit women), the house system, inter-house athletic programs, construction of the Harvard Business School, Indoor Athletic Building, and Freshmen Dormitories (by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge). Other major topics include: applications to and relations with philanthropic foundations (e.g. Rockefeller); growth of Harvard Medical School and issue of admitting women; discrimination against Jewish and black people; racial and ethnic quotas for students; use of alcohol by students; freedom of expression for faculty (e.g. Lowell defended Harold Laski in his support of the Boston Police Strike, 1919); relations with MIT (especially the Harvard-Technology Plan of 1918) and with several other organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

University Records are restricted for 50 years; personnel and student records are restricted for 80 years.

Folder lists that adhere strictly to the physical order in which the of the Lowell administration records are stored are available online. These lists, however, are apt to be less useful to researchers than the detailed inventory and index which provides better access through its extensive cross-references.

In 1909, Abbott Lawrence Lowell (b. 1856, d. 1943) succeeded Charles William Eliot as President of Harvard University, a position Lowell held until 1933. During his administration, Harvard's enrollment nearly doubled and its endowment quintupled. Lowell's administration reshaped undergraduate education by establishing the tutorial and house systems, accompanied by the expansion of the campus with the construction of the river houses, among many other buildings. In addition, Lowell oversaw the establishment of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and the Society of Fellows. While Lowell was an outspoken advocate for academic freedom of speech, his administration was also marked by controversy over efforts to limit the enrollment of Jews and policies to exclude students of color from campus housing.

Records of the President of Harvard University, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, 1909-1933. UAI 5.160.x. Harvard University Archives, Cambridge, Mass.

Detailed inventory and index available electronically:

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