1869. Item #88716
ELIOT, CHARLES WILLIAM. ADDRESSES AT THE INAUGURATION OF CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT AS PRESIDENT OF HARVARD COLLEGE, Tuesday, October 19, 1869. Cambridge: Sever and Francis, 1869. 65 pp. 8vo. First edition. Stab-stiched pamphlet in printed wrappers, spine reinforced with archival tape. some shelfwear, faint dampstaining to lower margin of lower text block. During his 40 year tenure at Harvard Eliot created the Modern American University. He concentrated all undergraduate studies in the college and around it grouped the professional schools and research centers. Bachelor's degree became a prerequisite for all graduate and professional studies. His most radical reform was the introduction of "the elective system". In 1872 the degrees of Master of Arts, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy were established. In 1890 Followed the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He transformed the Divinity School from a denominational training school for ministers into a non-sectarian institution of higher learning. Perhaps his most notable contributions were made with the reforms of the Law School (introducing the "case system") and the School of Medicine raising standards and adopting a four year obligatory course, laboratory work, written examinations clinical instruction and internships. A scarce pamphlet.