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Adams House, Harvard University
Registration number 20060927Q
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Adams House, Harvard University are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below
Arms: Or, five sprigs of oak acorned in saltire Gules.
Joo-Hee Chung, "What are the meanings of the house and graduate school shields?", Harvard Crimson 11/01/2001
James Phinney Baxter, the first Master of Adams House, named the new House after John Adams and the Adams family. The House coat-of-arms is derived from the seal ring of John Quincy Adams. Master Baxter made the background gold to symbolize the Gold Coast and the five sprigs of oak leaves stand for the five buildings of Adams House. The House motto, “Alteri Seculo,” is from Cicero’s “he who plants trees labors for the benefit of a future generation.”
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