National Geographic : 1924 Jul
Official Photograph, U.S.Army Air Service AMERICA'S OLDEST INSTITUTION OF LEARNING: HARVARD UNIVERSITY The largest, white, rectangular building is Widener Library, erected in memory of a victim of the Titanic. The small structure opposite the church, on the left, is the venerable Massachusetts Hall, used as a barracks during the Revolutionary War. Thechurchlike structure where the streets form an acute angle, to the upper left, is the Memorial Hall to Harvard men who fell in the Civil War. Alongthe lower right isastreet faced by apartmentlike buildings, known as the "Gold Coast," where many of Harvard's wealthy sons live. To the extreme right, on aline with Widener Library, is the famous Harvard Union, a student club. Adjoining Massachusetts Hall is The Yard, where thousands ofdistinguished Harvard men have attended commencement exercises. In the extreme upper left are the laboratories. The oval in the foreground isHarvard Square.