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Exhibitions & Events

Highlights of ongoing and upcoming events from across Harvard's libraries. Find more events by visiting the Harvard Library calendar, or submit a library event.


Harvard and the Military

“To Serve Better Thy Country”: Four Centuries of Harvard and the Military is on view now in Pusey Library.


"To Serve Better Thy Country"



Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections

Through Dec
Page from an illuminated manuscript

Beyond Words is a collaborative project showcasing more than 260 manuscripts from Boston-area collections, dating from the 9th to the 17th centuries. In Houghton's portion of the exhibition, "Manuscripts from Church & Cloister," the emphasis is on the centrality of books to monastic life. Male and female monasticism revolved around religion, but at its heart was a cult of the book: not just the Bible, all books. Monastic scriptoria guaranteed the survival and transmission of classical literature and learning. Reverence felt for texts and their authors is manifest in the beauty of the books that were crafted in monasteries and convents. Manuscripts on display highlight the scriptorium as a space both for the production of manuscripts and for the human collective that produced them. The exhibition is on view in Houghton's Edison and Newman Room until December 14.


From Crayons to Calligraphy: An Exhibition of Japanese Student Artwork, 1949–1951

Through Dec
Drawing of schoolchildren

This exhibition showcases a small segment of the several hundred pieces of artwork Gutman Library received as part of the Francis J. Daly Japanese Student Artwork collection, donated in 2014. The pieces depict aspects of life in Japan ranging from local landscapes to festival celebrations. Japanese elementary, middle and high school students of varying genders and geographic locations contributed to this collection of artwork that includes embroidery, origami, batique, carved wood objects, drawings, and paintings. The exhibition will run in Gutman Library's Special Collections through December. 


Corpus Delicti: The Doctor as the Detective

Through Dec

Although seemingly distinct disciplines, medicine and law—as medical jurisprudence, forensic medicine, or legal medicine—have been intertwined for centuries, and legal medicine itself encompasses a wide range of subjects, such as toxicology, psychiatry, chemistry, pathology, anatomy, autopsy, and suicide. Harvard Medical School’s involvement with legal medicine as both academic discipline and public service is the focus of a new display at the Countway Library. Corpus Delicti: The Doctor as the Detective is open through December, 2016 on the L2 level of the library.


The Bull Moose and the China Cabinet: Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Through Jan

Following the Republican Party’s nomination of incumbent William Howard Taft for president in 1912, supporters of Theodore Roosevelt’s candidacy formed the Progressive Party, which centered upon returning power to the people and creating a more equitable country by the right treatment of its citizens. For nearly 100 years, women had been fighting for equal rights on every front—education; labor; and intellectual, moral, legal, and human rights. Roosevelt’s Progressive Party placed women’s suffrage in its official platform. It was the first major political party to do so. This exhibition examines Roosevelt’s evolving position on women’s suffrage, and includes a page from his Harvard senior paper on women’s rights, correspondence, contemporary newspaper accounts and political cartoons, and artifacts documenting the role and influence of the women in Roosevelt’s life. It is on display through January 31, 2017, in the Theodore Roosevelt Gallery in Pusey Library. 


"To Serve Better Thy Country": Four Centuries of Harvard and the Military

Through Feb
"To Serve Better Thy Country"

Two of America’s oldest institutions—Harvard University and the United States military—have histories that are deeply woven together. For more than 350 years, in periods of both peace and conflict, members of the Harvard community have dedicated themselves to military service in a variety of ways. Spanning four centuries, the items presented here illustrate the significant relationship between Harvard and the military at several key moments in Harvard’s history, beginning with the founding of the University and the nation in the colonial period and ending with Harvard’s evolving relationships in the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition will be on view in Pusey Library through February 17. 




Email Management

Email inbox

This workshop will introduce methods for gaining control of email and managing it according to Harvard records policies, as well as provide tips on how to organize your email. 


Putting the Link in Linked Data

Linked data

A presentation sponsored by the Linked Data Discussion Group and the ITS Training and Learning Initiative.


Tour of Widener Library


Widener Library tours are offered every Thursday at 3 pm, except University holidays and Commencement. Tours are open to current Harvard affiliates. The tours provide an introduction to Widener Library’s collections, an orientation to the building and an explanation of services available to library patrons. All tours begin in the main lobby of Widener, and will last approximately one hour. No registration is required.


Tour of Houghton Library

Houghton Library

Public tours of Houghton Library are offered every Friday at 2 pm. Attendees receive a general introduction to the library, followed by a tour of the Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell and John Keats rooms, as well as the suite devoted to the Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Those wishing to take the tour should meet in the Houghton Library lobby. Reservations are not required.


From Attendants to Nurses: Philanthropy, Psychiatry and American Nursing 1940-1955

Image of nurses

The third in a series of three lectures given as the 2016 Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine at Countway Library. The Colloquium offers an opportunity to clinicians, researchers, and historians interested in a historical perspective on their fields to discuss informally historical studies in progress.


Web Archiving Open Meeting


Are you actively collecting websites? Are you considering it in the future? If so, join us for a two-part open meeting. In December, hear from colleagues at Harvard and beyond who have developed web archiving strategies using ArchiveIt and other tools. In January, the meeting will focus on the content selection process and determining which websites are collected for short term or permanent retention.