Retrospection

A skull. Human, in origin.
Harvard Medical School

The Murder of Dr. George Parkman

A friend of his later remarked that Webster, as a younger man living in London, had formed the unsavory habit of attending public executions. These outings were fueled by his morbid fascination with the body. Even the horror of death could not quell his interest in human anatomy.

Kirkland

Becoming Jared Kushner

Although it is difficult to determine the structure of private corporations like Kushner Companies, mortgage documents obtained by The Crimson indicate that Jared Kushner was vice president of 10 corporations as an undergrad, each of which operated as a part of Kushner Companies.

Cocktail
Food and Drink

‘Bring Back with Them Bottled Goods’: A History of Prohibition at Harvard

Prohibition failed to prevent alcohol consumption on Harvard’s campus. In fact, the private possession and consumption of these beverages remained legal under the 18th Amendment, so alcohol continued to flow freely behind closed doors at Harvard.

Housing Day
Housing Day

Blocked Out: Deconstructing Harvard’s Housing System

Now more than ever, Harvard administrators are considering quandaries of “belonging” in the spaces students occupy, from final clubs to Houses. The first three incarnations of the House system were born from issues of inclusivity—future changes could be motivated by similar concerns.

Clocks.
Retrospection

Clocks.

Clocks.

Science

On Harvard Time: When Harvard Sold the Time

The year was 1839. William Cranch Bond was a clockmaker and astronomer living in Dorchester, Mass. Bond had been commissioned by the United States government under Captain Charles Wilkes to conduct measurements of longitude and “other scientific purposes” for the Navy’s Exploring Expedition of the Pacific Ocean.

Putnam Gallery Clocks
Retrospection

Putnam Gallery Clocks

Some of the original collection of Bond chronometers, clocks, and other chronographs are on display at the Putnam Gallery.

Sarah Lagan '19
Dorm Crew

Sarah Lagan '19

Sarah Lagan '19 cleans a toilet in Cabot House as a part of Dorm Crew.

Sarah Lagan '19
Dorm Crew

The Proud Tradition of Toilet Scrubbing

These maids, alternatively monikered “sweeps,” “biddies,” (a diminutive for the name Bridget that became a colloquial name for a maid) and “goodies,” were considered a staple of the Harvard College experience. In late 1950, university officials anticipated that the maids would soon demand higher wages and proposed the more economical Student Porter Program.

Charles Dickens
Retrospection

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
Retrospection

Charles Dickens

Constance Applebee, 1903
Field Hockey

Constance Applebee, 1903

Constance Applebee, 1903
Field Hockey

'Ladies Armed with Clubs'

Field hockey in the United States began with Constance Applebee, an Englishwoman who taught Harvard students the game—and called them "one-legged turnips."

Charles Dickens
Retrospection

A Moist and Oystery Twinkle: Charles Dickens at Harvard

​Charles J. H. Dickens loved three things about Boston: its literature, its oysters, and its Harvard men.

Construction of the Harvard Stadium
Retrospection

Construction of the Harvard Stadium