Education: Hymning Harvard's Sons

From the first class of young divines who went forth in 1642 to enlighten their congregations. Harvard College exerted an uncommon influence on the growing colonies, and John Langdon Sibley, Harvard librarian from 1856-77, was keenly aware of the record. But where, he once wrote distressedly, "was that record of this intellectual and moral power, which during more than two centuries, had been going out from the walls of Harvard?" Determined that not one whit of Veritas be lost to the future, Sibley resolved to write such a record. His project: to write a biographical sketch of every man who...