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Harvard University Theses, Dissertations, and Prize Papers

Trace intellectual trends and currents across time, learning from Harvard's best and brightest in this collection at the Harvard University Archives
William Boyd (Harvard College Class of 1796) mathematical thesis. View Details
Harvard University Archives

The Harvard University Archives’ collection of theses, dissertations, and prize papers document the wide range of academic research undertaken by Harvard students over the course of the University’s history.

Beyond their value as pieces of original research, these collections document the history of American higher education, chronicling both the growth of Harvard as a major research institution as well as the development of numerous academic fields. They are also an important source of biographical information, offering insight into the academic careers of the authors.

Printed list of works awarded the Bowdoin prize in 1889-1890.
List of Bowdoin Prize winners, 1889-1890.
Harvard University Archives

Spanning from the ‘theses and quaestiones’ of the 17th and 18th centuries to the current yearly output of student research, they include both the first Harvard Ph.D. dissertation (by William Byerly, Ph.D. 1873) and the dissertation of the first woman to earn a doctorate from Harvard (Lorna Myrtle Hodgkinson, Ed.D. 1922).

Other highlights include: