Preservation Services

The Harvard Library holds the largest academic library collection in the world, and the age and vulnerability of its vast holdings vary widely. The Harvard Library Preservation Program comprises state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff committed to ensuring that library materials remain secure and usable for contemporary and future scholars by employing a variety of strategies for conserving materials, digitizing collections, preserving library content in digital formats, and providing robust education and outreach programs.

Upcoming Events

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Spotlight on Collections: Thoreau's Notes on the Shipwreck of Margaret Fuller

Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Leslie Morris, Karen Walter, and Megan Marshall will present a multi-faceted look at the acquisition, conservation, and scholarship around this fascinating manuscript. The manuscript will be on view, and a light reception will follow the presentation.

Salt Print Symposium

September 13-16, 2017. These multi-disciplinary presentations and workshops focus on the preservation, characterization, use, and interpretation of the salt print process, now over 175 years old. Scholarly presentations will include the technical history of salt prints, historical applications of the process for copying and disseminating information, and innovative material analysis. Emphasis will be placed on collaborative research which uses scientific and art historical evidence to shed light on the preservation of salt prints as well as the technical evolution and cultural impact of this seminal photographic process.