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Colonial North American Project

Information about the multi-year digitization project, current exhibition, and related events


Opening New Worlds Exhibition

  • The Opening New Worlds exhibition shines a spotlight on some of the remarkable material and work that is part of the multi-year Colonial North American Project at Harvard University. The materials in the exhibition are from the historical collections in the libraries and archives of Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Law School, Harvard University Archives, Houghton Library, and the Loeb Music Library.

    The exhibition is open through April 29, 2016, in the Lammot du Pont Copeland Gallery in Pusey Library.


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Colonial North American Project at Harvard University

  • When complete, the Colonial North American Project will make available to the world digitized images of the archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th and 18th century North America. Scattered through twelve repositories, these documents reveal a great deal about topics such as education, trade, finance, and religion in the United States and about the origins of the nation itself. 

    The online project so far includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks and other rare documents.


Spotlight on Collections Program

  • The program on November 5, 2015, examined the history, preservation, practical application, and research potential of the treasure trove of manuscript material included in the Colonial North American Project. Speakers included Taylor Stoermer, GSAS Visiting Fellow in the History Department; Diana Loren, Director of Academic Partnerships & Museum Curator at the Peabody Museum; Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, University Archivist; and Alan Puglia, Senior Rare Book Conservator in the Weissman Preservation Center of Harvard Library. The event was presented by Harvard Library Preservation Services.