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Current Exhibitions at Harvard Library

Exhibitions across Harvard Library show connections between the past and the future of research, teaching, and learning.


“Tremendous resource for academics, scholars, and all enthusiastic historical researchers. Just wonderful!”

“Thanks for keeping, preserving, and facilitating all these treasures for all of us researchers.”

“Fascinating to see early North American lives so vividly through the artifacts and descriptive label copy.”

“Informative and engaging. Learnt a lot by knowing these characters in early Harvard history.”

 “A good connection between the past and the future.”

Visitors from around the world have signed the guest book at the Opening New Worlds exhibition in Pusey Library. Hailing from countries such as Ireland, Canada, Italy, Costa Rica, South Africa, Taiwan, and Australia, they have left handwritten notes of appreciation for the Colonial North American Project. Guests included a flight attendant, teachers, prospective Harvard students, and even a librarian from Harvard Library’s Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy.

Just down the hall, the Harvard Map Collection presents Embellishing the Map: Empty Spaces and Treacherous Waters. Visitors to the exhibition are greeted by colorful depictions of creatures such as sea monsters, dragons, and flying turtles populating the unknown spaces on early maps. Both exhibitions in Pusey are on view until March 2016.

One Hundred Years of Chinese Piano Music at the Loeb Music Library illuminates the development and influential personalities involved in the evolution of Western-style piano music in China, and runs through June 2016. 

At Houghton Library, two recent exhibitions celebrating legendary authors are on view. In Shakespeare: His Collected Works, many rare and never-before-seen objects and materials relating to the Bard are presented to commemorate the 450th anniversary of his death. Materials include the First Folio owned by Harry Elkins Widener and theatrical memorabilia celebrating the careers of notable Shakespearean actors and actresses from the Harvard Theatre Collection. The exhibition entitled Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616): Later Works and Legacy includes items from Houghton’s collection of his work, such as the first translations of Don Quixote into French, Dutch, Italian, and English.

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Article written by Harvard Library Communications.
Article published on February 3, 2016.