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Allston

Allston Who?

Ever wondered how Allston got its name?

Barker Center Cafe Re-Opens
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A 'Great, Grave, Noble Hall'

This saga began when the Barker Center was not the humanities mecca it is today, but rather the Harvard Union—a new social club on campus.

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MIT old

An archival photograph of MIT.

MIT old
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The Fraught Courtship of Harvard and MIT

Beginning just a year after MIT’s inception in 1861, Harvard introduced several proposals to combine the two schools. Forty-two years later, the schools were considering their sixth alliance attempt, and it looked like this one might actually succeed.

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Operation Match

In 1965, two Harvard students created the very first computer-based matchmaking service in the United States. They called it Operation Match.

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Cambridge

A Tale of Two Statues

"Someone tipped off Committee members about what they considered a scandalous secret: It had been designed by a woman."

Influeza Archival
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When "Knock-Me-Down Fever" Hit Harvard

President Lowell knew he had a hard decision to make—one that would set a precedent for other institutions of higher education. He could either heed the warnings of doctors across the country or risk the health of his students.

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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.

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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
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"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
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Psychedelic Club

Psychedelic Club
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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