MORMONS AT HARVARD
LDS Harvard Timeline
- May 21, 1914: Harvard acquires the Pierce Collection, containing "exceedingly rare and valuable sources of information on the history of the Mormon people and their part in the movement of the colonization of the West." "An Invaluable Library"; "The Origins of Harvard's Mormon Collection"
- October 6, 2000: Boston Temple dedicated. "Mormon Temple"
- June 6, 2005: Kim B. Clark announces he will resign as Dean of HBS to become BYU-Idaho President. "Dean Will Leave HBS to Lead Mormon College"
- October 12, 2005: Larry Summers visits BYU-Idaho for President Kim B. Clark's inauguration. "Summers Visits Idaho Mormon College"
- Steven C. Wheelwright, emeritus HBS professor, is appointed President of BYU-Hawaii. "Renowned Harvard Scholar Named as New BYU-Hawaii President"
- May 18, 2009: Longfellow Park chapel in Cambridge burns down due to electrical fire. "Mormon Church Goes Up in Flames"
- February 26, 2010: Elder Dallin H. Oaks addresses Harvard Law School. "Apostle Addresses Harvard Audience on Mormon Faith" [Remarks]
- June 19, 2011: The rebuilt Longfellow Park chapel is dedicated. "President Eyring Dedicates Chapel Rebuilt After Fire"
LDS Life at Harvard
The greater student body is often curious about the characteristics that set Harvard LDS students apart, and as the classes cycle through the College these "peculiar practices" are profiled anew by the next generation of Crimson reporters.
Managing marriage and family while in college:
Treasures from the Archive
The Crimson was founded in 1873, and there have been mentions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost since the beginning.
- March 12, 1883: "Mormon youths who have graduated at New England and northwestern colleges are said to be slowly undermining the 'superstitions' of their fathers."
- January 5, 1893: "English VI. Debate for Thursday, Jan. 5, 1893." Debate over whether Utah should be admited to the Union. Argument for: "Mormons are industrious and law abiding." Argument against: "Mormons untrustworthy and unyielding."
- December 4, 1925: "Tea and Lecture to be Given at Union Today" An LDS architect and geologist visits campus to apprise students of Zion Park, the country's new national park. "Mr. Jones is an architect by profession, a Mormon by religion, and is noted for his research in geology. His lecture tonight will be illustrated by colored lantern slides."
- October 26, 1937: "No Atheists at Harvard, But College Worships in 39 Well-Assorted Ways." An informal census reveals that there are 24 members of the Church at the University in 1937.
- June 15, 1949: "Go West, Young Man: Coast Promises More for Your Money in Wife Mart." Harvard men and Radcliffe women alike might help bolster the University's lamentable children-per-graduate statistics by finding mates at BYU. "If Harvard men really wish to maintain their prestige, they might investigate the nubile lady graduates of Brigham Young U. of Utah."
- November 20, 1957: "Secretary Benson." A profile on Ezra Taft Benson, who at the time was serving simultaneously as an LDS apostle and President Eisenhower's Secretary of Agriculture.
- March 15, 2010: "BYU is More Popular than Harvard." BYU and Harvard go 1-2 in U.S. News and World Report's ranking of colleges by yield. BYU had a yield of 78%, Harvard 76%.