Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015     Views: 815

As far as we can tell, the John Harvard bequest totaled 300 titles in about 400 volumes.  In addition to the very valuable library, Harvard also donated 1/2 of his total estate (779 Pounds.)  Putting that figure into a currency converter and inflation calculator suggests that he gave the college over 2 million dollars (in today's value), not including the considerable value of the books.

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