Harvard Collections using VC and TED

Harvard Collections using VC

Collections with a type designation of “Standard VC” are hosted entirely on the VC server and provide limited customization options to curators. Those designated as “Custom VC” are integrated with other content on a server local to the collection owner and offer additional customization options to the curator.

The Artemas Ward House and Its Collections

  • Type: Standard VC
  • Description: The Artemas Ward House and Its Collections Virtual Collection provides online access to over 6,000 images of the house, furnishings, manuscripts, photographs and related published sources, providing the opportunity to study an important figure of the American Revolution, a nineteenth-century farm family, and a twentieth-century museum.
  • OAI setSpec: ward

Chinese Rubbings Collection

  • Type: Standard VC
  • Description: Chinese Rubbings Collection - More than 2000 digital images of Chinese rubbings that capture Buddhist and Daoist scriptural texts dating from the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BCE) to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) that were carved on stone slabs, cave walls, bronze vessels, jade, ceramics, roof tiles, and other materials. The rubbings themselves date from the Ming Dynasty to about 1940 and are highly accurate, often unique sources for scholars of Chinese history, epigraphy, and related disciplines.
  • OAI setSpec: rubbings

Daguerreotypes at Harvard

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: This collection provides descriptions of and digital access to over 3,500 daguerreotypes housed in libraries, museums, and archives at Harvard University. The first publicly announced photographic process, the daguerreotype was introduced by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre in 1839.
  • OAI setSpec: dag

Dying Speeches and Bloody Murders: Crime Broadsides

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: Descriptions and links to digitized versions of more than 500 crime broadsides from the collections of the Harvard Law School Library. (Broadsides are one page notices sold to audiences that gathered to witness public executions in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain). The examples digitized span the years 1707 to 1891 and include accounts of such crimes as arson, assault, counterfeiting, horse stealing, murder, rape, robbery, and treason.
  • OAI setSpec: crimes

Harvard Map Collection Digital Maps

  • Type: Standard VC
  • Description: Descriptions and links to over 1,000 digitized maps and atlases from the Harvard Map Collection. Many are georeferenced for use in a GIS. Highlights include maps of Boston, Cambridge and other Massachusetts towns, New England, London, China, pictorial maps by Ernest Dudley Chase, fire insurance and real property atlases, and maps of the Revolutionary War.
  • OAI setSpec: maps

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection

  • Type: Standard VC
  • Description: More than 5,000 titles including many scarce and unique Latin American pamphlets published during the 19th and the early 20th centuries. Chile, Cuba, Bolivia and Mexico are the countries most heavily represented in this collection.
  • OAI setSpec: lap

Loeb Music Library Digital Scores and Libretti

  • Type: Standard VC
  • Description: Descriptions and links to digital versions of first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach and Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and other composers, as well as multiple versions of nineteenth century opera scores, seminal works of musical modernism, and music of the Second Viennese School.
  • OAI setSpec: scores

Open Collections Program:
Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: Contagion - Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics - Selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, special collections, and archives including more than 500,000 pages of digitized books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts that contribute to the understanding of the global, social-history, and public-policy implications of disease and offer important historical perspectives on the science and the public policy of epidemiology today.
  • OAI setSpec: contagion

Open Collections Program:
Expeditions and Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: Expeditions and Discoveries delivers maps, photographs, and published materials, as well as field notes, letters, and a unique range of manuscript materials on selected expeditions between 1626 and 1953.
  • OAI setSpec: exp

Open Collections Program:
Immigration to the United States, 1789 -1930

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: Selected historical materials from Harvard's library, archives, and museums documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression. The collection includes approximately 1,800 books and pamphlets, 6,000 photographs, 200 maps, and 13,000 pages from manuscript and archival collections. By incorporating diaries, biographies, and other writings capturing diverse experiences, the collected material provides a window into the lives of ordinary immigrants.
  • OAI setSpec: immigration

Open Collections Program:
Islamic Heritage Project

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: IHP is a multi-disciplinary collection of high-quality digital reproductions on a wide range of subjects of more than 270 Islamic manuscripts, more than 300 published texts, and 58 maps from Harvard's renowned library and museum collections.
  • OAI setSpec: ihp

Open Collections Program:
Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries.
  • OAI setSpec: reading

Open Collections Program:
Women Working, 1800-1930

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: More than 500,000 pages of historical documentation focusing on the role of women in the United States economy. The sources include books, pamphlets, manuscripts and images selected from Harvard's library and museum collections.
  • OAI setSpec: ww

Pamphlets from the Harvard College Library

  • Type: Custom VC
  • Description: This collection provides access to over 8,500 fully cataloged and digitized pamphlets from the collections of Harvard College Library. These are pamphlets published during the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, in the subject areas of Latin America, Sociology, World War I and the Boer War. This online collection will be updated periodically as more pamphlets are cataloged and digitized.
  • OAI setSpec: setSpec: pamphlets

Studies in Scarlet: Marriage and Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K.

  • Type: Standard VC
  • Description: Studies in Scarlet presents the images of over 420 separately published trial narratives of American, British, and Irish cases 1815-1914 involving domestic violence, bigamy, seduction, breach of promise to marry, and the custody of children, as well as trials for murder and rape. These trials are especially rich sources for the study of the history of women in early modern society.
  • OAI setSpec: scarlet

The Poet's Voice- A Digital Poetry Collection

  • Type: Standard VC
  • Description: The Poet's Voice provides online access to selected digital audio recordings of poetry readings from the Harvard College Library's Woodberry Poetry Room.
  • OAI setSpec: poetsvoice

Harvard Collections using TED

Archived Harvard University Online Course Catalogs (A-Cats)

  • Description: Harvard University's online course catalogs from Fall 2005 to the present. A-Cats contains course descriptions, faculty information, and calendar information for each school in three separate, searchable databases.

Biomedical Image Library

  • This TED database was retired in May 2018.
  • Description: A publicly accessible repository and retrieval system of original digital micrographs that have been produced in support of basic biological research.

Harvard Forest Archive Catalog

  • This TED database was retired in August 2013. For the new home of Harvard Forest Archives Catalog, please see:
  • Description: This catalog supports the discovery of materials that document the studies, management operations and experiments conducted by staff at the Harvard Forest. Topics range from conservation and environmental change to land-use history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth.

Harvard Iranian Oral History Project

  • Description: A resource containing 118 digitized narratives of individuals who witnessed or played key roles in important political events in Iran from the 1920s to the 1980s.

MCZ Ernst Mayr Library Artwork Collection

  • Description: A catalog of digitized images, from holdings of the Library's Special Collections and Archives, produced in support of zoological research including watercolors and drawings by Jacques Burkhardt, who was MCZ founder Louis Agassiz's personal and principal artist.

Milman Parry Collection

  • Description: An online Database of Harvard's Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature (MPCOL) including the heroic songs, conversations, and stories in the Parry Collection (1933-35), and the entire contents of the Lord Collection (1950-51).

Index to Ming Dynasty Chinese Paintings

  • Description: The Index to Ming Dynasty Chinese Paintings is a searchable database of over 10,000 records describing Chinese paintings from the Ming Dynasty period (mid-fourteenth to mid-seventeenth centuries) along with artist biographies and bibliographic source information. The Ming Index continues James Cahill's print publication "An Index of Early Chinese Painters and Paintings: T'ang, Sung, and Yüan."