CHARLES W. ELIOT - TYPED LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 175207
CHARLES W. ELIOT
Harvards youngest President signs on this typed fragment letter in ink
Typed Letter Fragment signed: "Charles W. Eliot" 3¾x4½ corner piece torn from a letter. CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926) became Harvard University's youngest (at age 35) and longest tenured (40 years) President in 1869. Serving until 1909, Eliot transformed Harvard into one of the nation's most prestigious schools, expanding its facilities, structuring the University into schools and departments, offering an elective system, building athletic facilities (although he personally opposed football) and other innovations. Eliot, who had studied higher education methods in Europe, returned to the U.S. and took a position at M.I.T. in 1865. Four years later, his ideas for reforming higher education were published in "The Atlantic Monthly", leading to his appointment at Harvard, where he had taught early in his career. Eliot also edited Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, a 51-volume anthology of works selected by Eliot in 1909. Ragged edges. Creased. Paper residue (previous mounting) on verso-light show through. Otherwise, fine condition.
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