Harvard diploma and box, 1753
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Cambridge, Mass.
Diploma: ink on parchment; box: painted tinned iron; Diploma: H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm), W. 15 1/2 in. (39.5 cm); box: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm), W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm), D. 9/16 in. (1.4 cm)
American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Franklin was awarded an honorary degree of Master of Arts by the President and Fellows of Harvard College (now University) on July 25, 1753. He wrote with pride that "without studying at any college, I came to partake of their honours."
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