Harvard University Archives

Legal document from 1687 in the hand of John Wilson (AB 1642). HUM 133

New Accession / The Class of 1642

This recently accessioned legal document from 1687 provides details on the division of property in Braintree (present-day Quincy) and is in the hand of John Wilson (AB 1642), a member of Harvard College’s first graduating class.  It holds special historical significance, being one of only two items in the Harvard University Archives from members of Harvard College’s Class of 1642. The document was acquired as part of the Papers of the Baker Family, 1687-1898. This collection provides glimpses into the personal and business interests of members of the Cape Cod family descended from Francis Baker (1611-1696) and Isabel Twining.  Other Harvard-related materials in the collection include a 1737 deed documenting the sale of Harvard-owned lands in Rowley to Daniel Hale and an 1898 postcard from William Coolidge Lane to Charles Robert Sanger. William Coolidge Lane (AB 1881) served as Harvard librarian from 1887 until 1928.  Charles Robert Sanger (AB 1881) taught chemistry at Harvard from 1899 until 1912.

For further information see the finding aid for the Papers of the Baker family, 1687-1898.