To enforce a decree issued last May against promiscuous use of the Harvard Seal, the Corporation has approved for publication a four-page circular defining the Arms of the University as distinguished from the Seal.
This circular, prepared by Samuel Eliot Morison '08, Professor of History, and Pierre Dec. 1a Rose '95, states, "the Seal is a circular disc with the inscription "Sigillum Academiae Harvardinae in Nov: Ang: ' round its edge with the Coat-of-Arms of the University as its central ornament."
The Arms of the University on the other hand, consist of the familiar three open books (silver on white) with covers, clasps, and edges (gold or yellow) and the letters VE RI TAS on the books in black. The background is bright, clear red.
The Harvard Arms may be used by all Harvard men and Harvard organizations. No one but the governing boards of the University may use the Seal for it is a legal symbol of authority.
As for the common words "Christoet Ecclesise," they may be used with the Arms, although they are, strictly part of the "Seal-legend."
The report which ends with a plea that the Coat of Arms be used with dignity prohibits its use as an adornment for clothing or arm bands. It may however, be employed in the decoration of furniture.