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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

Design rationale

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.”

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, A, H

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