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Among the 33,000 Colonial North American images Harvard has digitized so far is “Problem 6th” from the 1795 student mathematical notebook of William Tudor (1779-1830), who graduated from Harvard College in 1796. He used the drawing to playfully transport himself to an island in the Pacific Ocean. Tudor became a leading literary figure in Boston, coined the phrase “Athens of America” for his native city, and helped found the first American railroad.

A Colonial goldmine

Two digital projects aim to bring vast numbers of early documents, many unexamined, to light

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