Eighteenth-century Harvard presidents—and slaveowners—Edward Holyoke (left) and Benjamin Wadsworth
Painting of Edward Holyoke by John Singleton Copley/Harvard Art Museums; painting of Benjamin Wadsworth in the public domain
A plaque begins an official acknowledgment of the University’s past.
Kenji Yoshino and Nicole Parent Haughey
Photographs courtesy of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications
A coincidence of leadership at Harvard, at a contested moment
Peter J. Gomes, portrait by Yuqi Wang
Harvard Art Museums, © President and Fellows of Harvard College.
Harvard installs a portrait of the late Reverend Peter J. Gomes.
Illustration by Mark Steele
From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine
Excerpt of a letter from John Quincy Adams
Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications
J.Q. Adams on patronage and rhetoric, Daniel Merton Wegner on cats
The views of Charles William Eliot and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (whose images follow) aided the descendants of immigrants in keeping out new immigrants, as depicted in Joseph Keppler’s 1893 “Looking Backward,” from Puck.
Puck, January 11, 1893
When academics embraced scientific racism, immigration restrictions, and the suppression of “the unfit”
The chandelier ablaze
Photograph by Jim Harrison
In Sanders Theatre, a “constellation” of a chandelier
Richard Henry Dana Jr. in 1842
From Two Years Before the Mast (Houghton Mifflin Co,.1911)
How Richard Henry Dana Jr. came to hate slavery and injustice