Retrospection

Striped Harvard Shirt
Harvard Square

Playing Their Cards Right: Lawsuits and Protecting The Harvard Brand

For the University, trademark infringement lawsuits are less about money and more about reputation. Harvard rarely seeks damages; its motivation is protecting the brand, not extracting money from usually small-time businesses and entrepreneurs.

Kirkland House Flyby Image
Kirkland

Whispers in the Walls: The Story of Kirkland's Hicks House

Now eerily quiet, the building was once punctuated by the voices of revolutionaries, scholars, artists, and monks.

Baker Library
Retrospection

"Just One of the Boys": Edwin Land and The Polaroid Corporation

The photo, as well as approximately 1.5 million other Polaroid-related documents, resides in the Baker Library’s special collections, where Land left his company’s archive in its entirety after his death.

Psychedelic Club
Retrospection

Psychedelic Club

Psychedelic Club
Retrospection

A Look at the Dark Room Collective and the Psychedelic Club

When the poet Kevin Young ’92 wrote in his book of cultural criticism, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, that “once you’re in, you’re in forever,” he did not mean Harvard, or his house, or a final club. Young meant the Dark Room Collective, one of the dozens of unofficial intellectual societies that have cropped up at Harvard over the centuries.

Student Athlete Protest
Retrospection

Reaching Across Harvard's 'Color Line'

Segregation in sports went largely unchallenged until the end of the 1920s. One of the first to call for change was William Clarence Matthews.

No More, America
Retrospection

No More, America

The transcript of the debate was published as a small booklet shortly after. It is one of the only debates for which the entire transcript is available in the Harvard Archives.

wonder-woman
Crime

Harvard's Real "Lasso of Truth"

Marston’s Lasso of Truth is just a comic book depiction of an earlier creation of his: the systolic blood pressure test, a precursor to the modern-day lie detector.

The Science Center
Retrospection

Apocalypse Then: Surviving Y2K at Harvard

“We were sitting there, stroke of midnight, watching it progress across the world."

Memorial Church
Religion

Godless Harvard

At the time, attendance at Harvard’s religious services was harshly enforced. Monitors sat in the back of the church, checking for absentees. According to the second chapter of the Laws of Harvard College, those who were late to Prayers were subjected to a “one Penny” fine and those who missed Prayers were fined “two Pence.”

Alice Hamilton
Retrospection

Alice Hamilton

Alice Hamilton
Retrospection

A League of Her Own: Professor Alice Hamilton

By 1916, Hamilton was the world’s premier authority on lead poisoning research. Led by academic as well as humanitarian motivations, she worked in Chicago and Paris before receiving a letter in the mail she most likely thought would never come: an offer to work at Harvard University.

Radcliffe Yard
Politics

The Harvard Men's League for Women's Suffrage

Olmsted and his peers were following the lead of Radcliffe women down the street. Maud Wood Park, a Radcliffe alum, had founded the College Equal Suffrage League—a club that became a nationwide organization—at the women’s college a decade earlier.

Gravestone
Retrospection

Gravestone

An intact gravestone at the Cambridge Old Burying Grounds.

Gravestone
Harvard Medical School

Harvard's Habeas Corpus: Grave Robbing at Harvard Medical School

These bodies had been hidden, not by some sinister killer, but by the University’s very own employees, students, and faculty.