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Using the Collections: Online Resources

Online Resources


The following links provide access to digital historical content from the collections of the Harvard University Archives and other sources at the University.


Quick Links


► Harvard/Radcliffe Annual Reports

Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates [of Harvard University], 1636-1930 

► Catalogs of the Officers and Students of the University in Cambridge, 1819–1851

► Harvard University Catalogs, 1852–1923

► A-Cats: Archived Harvard University Online Course Catalogs, Fall 2005 to Present

► A-Sites: Archived Harvard Websites

► H-Sites: Harvard Life and Learning

► Harvard History—articles from the Harvard Gazette

► Harvard Traditions—articles from the Harvard Gazette



The Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf


This site contains annual reports of the presidents and treasurers of Harvard and Radcliffe, 1826–1995; narrative histories of both institutions; statistics about both institutions; founding documents pertaining to Harvard; and links to archives of Harvard periodicals.


A Calendar of Harvard History (requires Harvard network connection)

This database contains descriptions of people, events and activities from 1636 to the present. It is searchable by date and keyword.


Harvard Charter of 1650

This page contains a transcription of the Charter of 1650, as well as a link to a zoom view of the digitized image.


The Tolman Index

This index, compiled by Bertha Illsley Tolman, provides exhaustive name and subject entries for most University records from 1636 through the 1870s. (Records of the Treasurer are not included.) Each entry cites the precise location of a name or subject in the records (year/volume/page).


Harvard University Library Open Collections Program (OCP)

The Open Collections Program provides online access to virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories. Selected documents and images from the Harvard University Archives are included in the following OCP projects:

Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History

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

Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

Women Working, 1800–1930