Welcome to the Schlesinger Library Guide for National History Day 2022-2023: Frontiers in History.
The Library's collection features many “Frontiers in History,” and the subjects listed in the navigation menu highlight areas in which the Schlesinger has a significant amount of material. You are welcome to use any of the Library's research guides and HOLLIS, Harvard University’s library catalog, as tools for your project; however, this guide is an excellent starting point, featuring many digitized collections that are available to high school students across the country and unrestricted physical collections that can easily be accessed by students able to visit the Schlesinger Library in person.
Digital Access: Online resources included in this guide require only an internet connection for access. Digitized materials from Schlesinger collections are often made available via the online finding aid. Please see the HOLLIS for Archival Discovery Guide for help navigating finding aids. Researchers new to finding aids and archival research may also be interested in Finding Your Way Through Finding Aids by Dorothy Berry, which gives a thorough overview of the purpose and use of finding aids.
In-Person Visits: All you need to do to visit the Schlesinger Library is sign up for a HOLLIS Special Request Account and check the current hours. To learn more about how to request materials, please visit our guide for placing requests. Please note that researchers younger than sixteen years old are welcome to use the collections when accompanied by an adult or by prior arrangement.
In each topic, you will find relevant archival material, books, and journals and newsletters. Materials that have been digitized and are available for remote access are listed first for each category, and materials that must be accessed in-person are listed second.
Please contact us with any questions you have about using this guide or accessing materials.
This guide was created by Madeleine Murphy.