Retrospection


Getting a Good Marxist Education, According to Harvard Students

The Harvard Communist was published by Harvard’s Youth Communist League in the 1930s and 40s. While the publication initially served as a platform for communist ideologies, it later transitioned into a collection of succinct news items, informed by communist analysis.


Civics Club Retro

The Radcliffe Civics Club united students of drastically differing political backgrounds under one umbrella during its brief tenure in the early twentieth century.


Kathie Sarachild in Florida

While working in Florida, Kathie Sarachild enjoys a weekend getaway in early March 1994.


Receipt signed by John Hancock

A receipt from October 19, 1773 signed by John Hancock for a gift from John Bannister to the Dummer Writing School.


A Witch’s Hex on the Harvard Name

Though he held one of the most powerful positions in the colony at the time, Mather was not the sole Harvard man implicated in the witchcraft calamity.


Occupy 888

In 1971, a group of protestors occupied a Harvard-owned building on Memorial Drive. To them, the building stood as a symbol of the University's failure to listen to both its own community’s demands for a women’s center and the surrounding neighboring Riverside community’s need for affordable public housing.


At the Intersection of Sesame St. and Mass. Ave.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street. In between performances from the show’s beloved cast, Harvard affiliates recount what are, to many, little-known stories about the longstanding ties between Harvard and Sesame Street.


The Lingering Spirit of William James

William James is best known for his writings on philosophy and psychology, which frequently appear on the syllabi of Harvard courses. Yet his passion for psychical phenomena — occurrences and abilities that seemingly transcend the explanatory power of natural laws — is less widely acknowledged.


888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA

Over 100 women took over this rarely used Harvard University Design School building on 888 Memorial Drive on International Women’s Day in March 1971. Their goal was to live collectively in a “Liberated Women’s Center” until the city of Cambridge met their demands to house the community’s first official women’s center.


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