Current Exhibition in the Gallery

"Bound by History: Harvard, Slavery, and Archives" exhibition case

American universities have begun to reckon with their historical ties to slavery. Harvard University is no exception.

Although little more than passing traces of enslaved lives were noted in the written documents that survive as the record of Harvard's history, much can be gleaned by reading between the lines and by understanding the broader context of American life in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Drawn from the collections of the Harvard University Archives, the items on display in this exhibition represent the beginning of work underway to identify the links between Harvard and the system of racial bondage that defined American society.

Bound by History: Harvard, Slavery, and Archives is on view in the Lammot du Pont Copeland Gallery in Pusey Library on the Harvard campus. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. The exhibition is a collaborative effort of the Harvard University Archives, the Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library Communications, and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. 

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