Several of our most popular online resources are listed below. You can find additional collections available online by searching the Harvard Library catalogs HOLLISHOLLIS for Archival Discovery, and HOLLIS Images. For more information and help with searching, please contact the Archives reference staff.

Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf

Harvard University Catalogs

Please note: the Harvard University Catalogue from 1923 to 1998 is not yet available online. Original volumes for this time period are available for use in the Archives’ reading room.


Archived Websites

The Harvard University Archives collects two categories of websites: sites created by Schools, departments, and administrative units throughout the University (A-Sites), and sites created by the broader Harvard community, including faculty, students, visiting scholars, and staff (H-Sites). The Archives has been collecting websites since 2007.


The Harvard Charter of 1650

The Harvard Charter of 1650: History, transcription, and view online Signed on May 31, 1650 by Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony Thomas Dudley, the Charter of 1650 established the Harvard Corporation as Harvard's primary governing board. Harvard continues to operate under the authority of the Charter of 1650 to this day.

Tolman Index

The Tolman Index to University Records, 1636-1870s and Sibley's Private Journal, 1846-1882, informally named for its compiler, Bertha Tolman, is an exhaustive name and subject card index covering most of the official University records from 1636 to the 1870s. The index also references the personal diary of Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley and the correspondence of five Harvard presidents.

Calendar of Harvard History

The Calendar of Harvard History provides access to information about people, events, policies, academic and extracurricular student life, and other activities at Harvard from 1636 to the present. It is searchable by date and keyword. NOTE: May require Harvard network connection.


Harvard Library Digital Collections

Colonial North America at Harvard Library provides access to digitized manuscripts and archives documenting a wide range of topics related to 17th- and 18th-century North America. From business ledgers to personal correspondence to government documents, explore thousands of items from the North American Colonial period across Harvard Library's collections.

The Harvard University Open Collections Program (OCP) provides online access to virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories. Selected documents and images from the Harvard University Archives are included in the following OCP projects.