Getting Started

Start your archival research for National History Day 2020-2021: Communication in History: The Key to Understanding with this guide. 

The theme 'Communication in History: The Key to Understanding' asks students to consider how people exchange information and interact with each other and analyze how methods and modes of communication have changed over time and how they shaped the present.

Houghton Library's collections offer a wide range of primary sources to help you in your research.  Use the menu on the left to discover different collections and materials that relate to Communication in History.  

Please note, all resources listed in this guide are available fully or partially online.  Find out more about Houghton Library and using all of our collections

If you are interested in collections not highlighted in this guide, you can search Houghton's materials using HOLLIS, Harvard's online library catalog and HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, Harvard's online catalog specifically designed for finding special collections and archival materials. 

Many of our collections are described using finding aids, an inventory of what is contained in the collection.  For help using a finding aid, please see the guide linked below.

Please do not hesitate to contact us through Ask A Houghton Librarian with any questions you might have.  We are more than happy to help!