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Participating Repositories

A listing of Harvard University libraries that have collaborated to unite Colonial North American materials dispersed throughout the University.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning, and collaboration among students, scholars, and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Baker Library

Harvard Business School’s Baker Library holds extensive resources documenting 17th- and 18th-century North American commerce and business. Highlights of the colonial-era holdings include the business papers of merchants and traders, including the Hancock Family, account books kept by farmers, storekeepers, and craftspeople, and the records of early manufacturing concerns like the Slater textile mills.

Harvard University Archives

The Harvard University Archives holds one of the great 17th- and 18th-century collections at Harvard. Documents provide insight into material culture of colonial life, legal concerns of citizens, costs of goods, books influencing thought and education, and myriad other aspects of material and intellectual life in New England and beyond.

Houghton Library

Houghton Library is the primary repository for Harvard's rare books and manuscripts. Houghton’s holdings in Colonial North America document the history, culture, and commerce of the region. That breadth is reflected in the materials digitized for this project, which range from personal student notebooks to literary correspondence to diplomatic documents.

Law Library

Considered the largest academic law library in the world, the Harvard Law Library was founded in 1817. By 1820, the library had a scant 584 titles. Today, there are over 1.45 million volumes. The library acquires, catalogs, preserves, and makes available a world-class collection of both contemporary and historical legal materials.

Loeb Music Library

Founded in 1956 as the library of the Harvard Music Department, the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository for music materials at Harvard. While the primary mission is to serve music teaching and research programs in the Music Department and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the library also supports the musical needs of the broader Harvard community as well as an international scholarly constituency. The general collections include musical scores, books, audio and video recordings, and serial titles that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and historically informed performance practice. In addition, the Isham Library houses rare books and scores, an extensive collection of musical sources on microfilm, and archival collections, while the Archive of World Music contains archival field recordings of musics worldwide, as well as commercial sound and video recordings of ethnomusicological interest.

Supporting Organizations

Funding for this project is made possible by the generous support of the Arcadia Fund. Arcadia supports charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. See more collections benefiting from Arcadia funding.

Arcadia Fund


Harvard Participants