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❶Abstracts should not exceed words. Both personal and faculty archives are subject to restrictions on access established by donors.




These collections document the professional and personal lives of Harvard faculty and administrators representing a wide range of academic disciplines and research interests. Most of these collections include scholarly writings, research files, teaching materials, and correspondence with colleagues. The range of collections held by the Archives includes the papers of 18th century scientist Samuel Williams , philosophers Josiah Royce and John Rawls , and astronomer Annie Jump Cannon.

Personal archives of students and alumni provide a close-up look at their scholastic and extracurricular activities, as well as family and social life.

The collections include correspondence, diaries, course papers and notes, scrapbooks, photographs, and memorabilia. Both personal and faculty archives are subject to restrictions on access established by donors.

Some collections are unavailable until cataloging has been completed. Please consult reference staff for details on the availability of specific collections. Theses, dissertations, and prize papers in the Archives date from the late 18th century to the present, and reflect educational trends, scientific research, and developments in many fields of study.

These organizations reflect a wide range of interests and concerns, including athletics, music, drama, literature, politics, religion, science, and cultural identity.

Organizational records less than 50 years old are subject to restrictions on access. Click here for a partial listing of Associated Organizations. Visual materials in the Harvard University Archives include drawings, prints, and an extensive collection of photographs. These materials, dating from the 18th century to the present, can also be found among the administrative records of the University, personal archives of faculty, students, and alumni, and the records of associated organizations.

Drawings and prints include 18th century depictions of Harvard buildings and Cambridge landmarks, as well as 19th century mathematical theses and 20th century student protest posters. Photographs date from the s to the present and provide a rich source of information about University life and its environs, as well as illustrating the history of photography.

The images depict students, faculty, visitors to campus, and events, and document changes to the landscape and built environment of Cambridge, Boston, and beyond. Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, oversize list portraits of Harvard students, faculty, administrators, and visitors. Subjects, oversize list photographs of student life and organizations, dormitory rooms, athletics, military training, and commencement exercises.

Views lists photographs of campus scenes, buildings, and Cambridge. Records of the Office of News and Public Affairs: Photographs, lists portraits, views, and photographs of University events. In addition to University records and publications, personal papers, and records of associated organizations, the Harvard University Archives maintains a vast array of primary and secondary sources documenting Harvard people, places, events, and activities.

This material includes biographical files on people associated with the University, subject files on Harvard buildings, athletics, music, drama, and other aspects of student life, and artifacts such as Harvard souvenir china. The Archives also maintains a non-circulating reference collection of books relating to Harvard history, which patrons may consult in the Archives reading room.

A Selected Bibliography for links to online publications. Many items in the collections of the Harvard University Archives document the history of Cambridge, Boston, and the New England region. Sufficient conditions in the problem of the calculus of variations in n-space in parametric form and under general end conditions. Infinite systems if ordinary differential equations with applications to certain second order non-linear partial differential equations of hyperbolic type.

On rigid motions in four dimensions with applications to the Laguerre geometry of three dimensions. On the location of the roots of the Jacobian of two binary forms and of the derivative of a rational function.

Ordinary linear homogeneous differential equations of order n and the related expansion problems. A method of series in elastic with applications I to circular plates of constant or variable thickness. Expansion theorems for solution of a Fredholm homogeneous integral equation of the second kind with kernel of non-symmetric type.

The general theory of the linear partial q-difference equation and of the linear partial difference equation of the intermediate type. The determination of the coefficients in interpolation formulae and a study of the approximate solution of integral equations. Problems in the theory of ordinary linear differential equations with auxiliary conditions at more than two points. On the functions of a complex variable defined by an ordinary differential equation of the first order and first degree.

Problems connected with linear difference equations of the second order with special reference to equations with periodic coefficients. Binary Families in a triply connected region with especial reference to hypergeometric families. Regular singular points of a system of homogeneous linear differential equations of the first order.

On linear differential equations of the third and fourth orders in whole solutions exist certain homogeneous relations. Surfaces having the principal radii of curvature at each point numberically equal but of opposite sign. The investigation of the constants of the micrometirc apparatus of the Merz equatorial of the observatory of Harvard College together with the discussion of the observations of the satellites of Mars observed therewith.


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Records Management Services staff facilitate the transfer of theses and dissertations from departmental offices to the Archives. As you prepare for the upcoming academic year, consider transferring this year’s (and/or previous year’s) theses to the Archives this summer. For transfer instructions, see our website.

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ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ Harvard University (Harvard login) Copy this search syntax: dg(S.J.D.) You will find about SJD Dissertations dated from . ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global indexes dissertations and masters' theses from most North American graduate schools as well as some European universities. It provides full text for most indexed dissertations from to present.