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Architecture and Urbanism Resources at Harvard

A brief guide to resources on architecture, landscapes, and urban planning at Harvard

Harvard Map Collection

The Harvard Map Collection houses geographic materials from 1493 to the present. This includes not just printed maps but also nautical charts, globes, postcards, notebooks, and various cartographic curiosities. 

Getting Started
From the Map Collection:

  • The Harvard Map Collection is open to all researchers regardless of affiliation.
  • Those without a Harvard ID must first visit the Harvard Library Privileges Office in Widener Library.
  • Our space can be accessed via a flight of stairs down from ground level at the Pusey Library main entrance or the Lamont Library west entrance. Access without stairways is available through the Lamont Library main entrance via the ramp at the Quincy Street gate.
  • To view materials, you must place requests through HOLLIS Special Request. Once submitted, requests will have the status "Request Submitted" until you arrive. With the exception of a limited number of materials stored off-site, these materials can be pulled upon your arrival. 

Highlights from the Collection