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The Founding of Harvard College

The Founding of Harvard College

With a New Foreword by Hugh Hawkins

Samuel Eliot Morison

ISBN 9780674314511

Publication date: 08/11/1998

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Samuel Eliot Morison traces the roots of American universities back to Europe, providing “a lively contemporary perspective…a realistic picture of the founding of the first American university north of the Rio Grande” [Lewis Gannett, New York Herald Tribune].


  • This is a reprint of a 1935 classic history of the early years of Harvard College, which is now available in paperback. The author, Samuel Eliot Morison, was professor of history at Harvard University and winner of two Pulitzer prizes. Aside from the history of Harvard College, this book is important for its focus on the European background, including the roots of American universities in Europe. In addition, the book is fascinating… Although it was written over sixty years ago, this book is still an important source for the early history of American education, and it is a tribute to the historiographical skills of the author.

    —Historical Journal of Massachusetts


  • Samuel Eliot Morison was Professor of History at Harvard University. His books won two Pulitzer Prizes.

Book Details

  • 592 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press
  • Foreword by Hugh Hawkins

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