Manuscript Libraries and Archives at Harvard

The primary repository for Harvard's rare books and manuscripts is the Houghton Library. Houghton's cataloged manuscript collections are now fully web-accessible through the HOLLIS Classic Catalog, with the finding aids available in OASIS, Harvard’s finding aids database, and RLG’s ArchiveGrid. You can also search the finding aids directly through HOLLIS+ on the 'HOLLIS' or the 'HOLLIS and Articles' tabs.

Manuscripts in many Harvard libraries are stored off-site. Patrons are encouraged to make an appointment in advance with a curator in order to view the collections. In order to preserve collections, access to original manuscripts is often restricted. Researchers are first required to consult the microfilm or digitized version of the manuscript (when available), and then, if their research requires viewing the original manuscript, to request permission from the curator. For specific library policies related to access and use of manuscripts, please consult the individual repository websites.

The Houghton Library has created websites for its Digital Medieval Manuscripts and Digital Papyri.