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Summer Intern Exhibition: “Breeches, Bibles, and Beauty Parlors"
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Breeches, Bibles, & Beauty Parlors:

An exhibition of highlights from collections processed by student interns at the Harvard University Archives


Summer internships at the Harvard University Archives


“Breeches, Bibles, and Beauty Parlors: student internships at the Harvard University Archives” is an exhibition featuring nine of the fifteen collections processed this summer by three graduate student interns hosted at the Harvard University Archives. The collections on display include three scrapbooks by Richard Lambert Richardson (AB 1864), James Green (AB 1862), and Frederick Sayford Bacon (AB 1915), a diary from Samuel Henry Newell (AB 1832), letters written by Samuel Willard (AB 1803), Henry Shippen Huidekoper (AB 1862), and Richard Edward Connell (AB 1915). The exhibition also features photographs depicting the facilities and community life at the Harvardevens Village, established by Harvard University in 1946 at Fort Devens near Ayer, Massachusetts as housing for married World War II veterans attending Harvard, as well as a photograph album documenting the September 6, 1943, ceremonies at which Harvard University presented British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

These materials provide intimate details into the daily lives of Harvard students from the later 18th century into the 20th, describing their clothing, consumption and avoidance of alcohol, enjoyment of athletic and musical events, incidents of hazing, and concern with careers. They also document the students’ intersections with larger historical events including the Civil War and World War II. 

The collections were  brought together as a result of the work completed by Olivia Mandica-Hart and Christine Hubbard from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Eve Neiger from the University of Michigan School of Information. Over the course of ten weeks, the interns worked on fifteen collections relating to student life and University events in an advanced processing project which provided enhanced online descriptive access to the collections.


The exhibition is currently on view at the Harvard University Archives, Pusey Library from Monday—Friday, 11 am – 4 pm.  [Exhibition ends September 13, 2013.]


Reproduced above is a page from the Frederick Sayford Bacon scrapbook, 1903-1918.  HUD 911.6


Olivia Mandica-Hart is a candidate for a dual Master's degree in History and Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston.

Christine Hubbard is completing her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston.

Eve Neiger is a graduate student specializing in Archives and Preservation with a focus on visual collections at the University of Michigan’s School of Information in Ann Arbor.