Lecture Admission Ticket

Admission Ticket to a lecture at Harvard Medical School

Admission Ticket for Ichabod Tucker to the Lectures of Aaron Dexter at Harvard Medical School, October 14, 1790

The use of admission tickets for each course of a medical student’s education was common until the late 19th century. Students paid the lecturer or professor directly and were then issued these passes for an academic session. This particular item is the earliest admission ticket known for a Harvard Medical School course. Aaron Dexter (1750-1829) was the professor of chemistry and materia medica and the third member, along with John Warren and Benjamin Waterhouse, of Harvard’s original medical faculty.

Early Medical Education at Harvard
Lecture Admission Ticket