Houghton Library and Harvard University Press are two of the leading partners in the new Emily Dickinson Archive, a joint venture with other institutions that brings together most of her poem manuscripts.
We get close to long-dead great writers by reading the works they left behind. But there is another way, which can be just as electric and emotional: to see or touch or just be near artifacts from their writing lives.
A Houghton Library exhibit, the work of students, takes in Boston’s sweeping role in ending slavery in America.
Harvard’s Houghton Library recently uncovered documents from 1767 that foreshadow the American Revolution: eight sheets of signatures — more than 650 in all — protesting Colonial taxation.
A newly acquired writer’s guide for the science fiction fantasy TV show “Star Trek” at Harvard’s Houghton Library offers aspiring scriptwriters everything they would need to know before crafting a script for the ’60s cult classic.
Scholars gathered at Harvard to discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and African-American service during the Civil War.
Harvard’s recently acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection centers on art, literature, and popular culture artifacts related to the chief avenues to ...
The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, marked by tragedy, are also known for being the first to incorporate a brand across all aspects of the games. “The ...
Two Harvard conferences, each trimmed from two days to one by the Boston Marathon bombing and resulting manhunt, provided surprisingly appropriate lessons of comfort and perspective.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Harvard University Press (HUP), and as part of a yearlong celebration Houghton Library is hosting an exhibition of HUP publications, correspondence, and other materials.
Ahead at Harvard is a semester of celebrating Marcel Proust, whose landmark “Swann’s Way” was published in 1913.
Harvard’s newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection is the largest of its kind in the world, centuries of art, literature, and popular culture artifacts related to the chief avenues to altered states of mind: sex and drugs.
Over two days Harvard hosted a cohort of scholars in medieval sermon studies, a pursuit that helps illuminate the social and intellectual currents of the Middle Ages.
Works from Amy Lowell’s collection are showcased in “From Austen to Zola: Amy Lowell as a Collector,” Houghton Library’s fall exhibition. This exhibit opens on Sept. 4 and will run through Jan. 12, 2013.
Event showcases metaLAB summer projects displaying ways to access, annotate, and remix knowledge in the digital age.
Edward Lear, a master of nonsense verse and travel writing, was at a young age one of the most accomplished natural history painters of his time.
Harvard’s Houghton Library offers a glimpse of a coming treasure trove for scholars, the John Updike Archive.
On the tricentennial celebration of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s birth, the author and philosopher is being honored with an exhibition of his works at the Houghton Library. “Rousseau and Human Rights” continues through March 23.
Two of Jane Austen’s letters — thousands of which were written but only dozens of which were preserved — undergo careful repairs at Harvard, where they reside at Houghton Library.
Houghton Library illustrates how the stuff of great literature is conserved, from the first jumbled box to the final neat archive.
Houghton, a template for university literary archives everywhere, also has room for the odd: A Thoreau pencil, a Dickinson teacup, and more.
For students and scholars studying early American literature, Anne Bradstreet, is a hugely important figure, considered by many to be the first American ...
The conventional definition of the sublime – that which is too large and overwhelming to be accommodated within our restricted consciousness – is one ...
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds and some of Harvard’s leading faculty convened at Harvard Hall on Friday (April 1) to participate in “Teaching with Collections,” a discussion of the University’s treasures and their use in the classroom.
The eccentric diary of Boston recluse Arthur Crew Inman, published in 1985 by Harvard University Press, inspires a Hollywood film project.
Two professors shake up Harvard’s museum collections with a new course and exhibit that aim to challenge the ways in which tangible things are classified in traditional categories.
Last fall, a new special collections request system was introduced to Harvard College Library (HCL) with lofty goals and the promise of creating a better ...
A new Harvard exhibit aims to challenge how things are categorized by delving into the University’s vast museum and archival collections.
The discovery of an unknown 1848 letter by the great naturalist sheds light on a murky part of his life, and on a friendship that eventually went awry.
Thirteen workshops at Harvard book sites kick off a two-day conference, “Why Books?,” on the fate of print in a digital age.
In 1839, Hannah Whitcomb arrived in Tuscarora Village, a small Native American community near Niagara Falls, New York to begin her work as missionary to ...
Houghton Library Manuscript Cataloger Michael Austin (left) holds the Academy Award presented to Johnny Green, Class of 1928, for his original composition ...
A new exhibition at Harvard’s Houghton Library explores the life of philosopher William James.
An intimate exhibition at Houghton Library offers a revealing look at the early life of poet T.S. Eliot, who had his troubles as a Harvard student.
Students in a History of Science class worked to create an exhibit that illustrates the importance of print technologies and printmaking, not only to the dissemination of scientific knowledge in early modern Europe, but also to its creation.
A collection of scholars painted a complex, complicated, and rich picture of the nation’s 16th president during a two-day symposium at Harvard April 24-25.
The Houghton Library recently awarded the 2010 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art to five Harvard graduate students.
The Weissman Preservation Center celebrates 10 years of treating and safeguarding rare books, manuscripts, scores, and photos for the Harvard Library system.
Harvard’s libraries and museums pull together vast materials on the Web, in tandem with Islamic Studies Program.
Harvard University has acquired a massive treasure trove of papers from one of its most famous literary graduates, John Updike ’54, the multifaceted novelist, short-story writer, poet, and critic who died last January.
The ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section has selected the online exhibition “Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200” as a winner of the 2009 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Award.
The university’s Houghton Library recently purchased the archive he developed for his 1989 book, “What Should We Tell Our Children About Vietnam?” "It is still hard for me to believe that something that came from my head and hands will end up being preserved forever between the walls of such a great institution," said McCloud, himself a Vietnam War veteran...
Harvard’s Houghton Library, home to a comprehensive collection related to 18th century English literature, sponsored a three-day international literary celebration of lexicographer, poet, essayist, and moralist Samuel Johnson, born 300 years ago this year. His work has inspired centuries of scholarship and generations of fervent ‘Johnsonians.’
Houghton Library, Harvard’s main rare book and manuscript depository, has vast holdings collected over centuries. Yet until these available resources are cataloged, they are considered “hidden collections” — difficult to find.
Talk about a grand entrance — on her first day of work at the Herzog August Bibliothek, the famed medieval studies library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, Jane Cheng ’09 powered up her laptop and promptly shorted out the entire reading room.
June 1913 — Having proved itself during a five-year experimental period, the Business School emerges from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to become an independent graduate school.
For more than a century, Sherlock Holmes, the most famous creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has captivated mystery fans, literary scholars, and researchers of virtually every stripe. But, as dozens of Doyle scholars and Sherlockians showed during a recent three-day symposium at Harvard, the Holmes stories represent only a small part of Doyle’s contribution to literature.
A new exhibition, “‘Ever Westward’: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and American Culture,” opening May 5 at Houghton Library, hopes to paint a fuller picture of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s contributions to world literature, which range from historical fiction to personal memoir to science fiction and beyond.
Ilya Leskov’s love affair with the city of Paris began with a map. As a child growing up in Moscow, Leskov read the work of writers such as Dumas and Hugo, and often traced the exploits of his literary heroes across a map of the city he’d taped to the back of his front door. Earlier this month, Leskov’s passion paid off — he was awarded first prize in the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting on April 14.
Tonight (Feb. 19) at 7, Houghton Library hosts Harvard’s first Briggs-Copeland Poetry Reading. The event, held in the Edison and Newman Room, will feature readings by Joanna Klink and Peter Richards, two of Harvard’s six Briggs-Copeland Lecturers. Bret Anthony Johnston, director of the creative writing program in the Department of English, will provide an introduction.