At Harvard

  1. Search HOLLIS

    Refine search results by Resource Type.  Choose "archives/manuscripts" from the list of options.

    Record the call number information (manuscripts at Andover-Harvard begin with the call number "bMS")

  2. Look for the finding aid (a.k.a., folder list, register, inventory, guide) for the collection.  Many finding aids are linked from the HOLLIS record, but  this is just a small percentage of what is available at Harvard.      Many Andover-Harvard registers are available only on our website.
  3. Finding aids for pre-1986 collections at Houghton Library are found in: Inventories of Manuscripts in the Houghton Library, Harvard University. Alexandria, Va., U.S.A.: Chadwyck-Healey, [1986?]. 348 microfiche; 11 x 15 cm. [Houghton: Reading Room HRR 1 F; Widener: Microfiche RR 47]

  4. Learn about the repository

    An appointment is necessary to use any manuscript or archival collection at Andover-Harvard Library. See the Requesting Services page for more information.

    Other repositories at Harvard include:

    For information about the many archives and manuscripts at Harvard, also see the list on the Harvard Libraries website.

    In general, manuscript materials are kept in closed stacks and may only be used in a designated reading room. You will probably be asked to leave all materials outside the reading room except pencils, note cards, paper, and/or a computer. Access to some collections may be restricted.



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