Planning a Research Visit

Please note: Due to building construction, the Archives will be closed Thursday, December 21 and the morning of Friday, December 22.  Beginning at noon on Friday, December 22 the Archives will close for Winter Recess and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

The Harvard University Archives is open to all researchers; a Harvard affiliation is not required.

The Archives is located in Pusey Library in Harvard Yard, next to Widener Library. Click here for a map.

Researchers will need a Harvard University photo ID to enter Pusey Library. To obtain a temporary Harvard photo ID, please visit the Library Privileges Office on the main floor of Widener Library. Click here for a map.

Contact the Archives at least five business days before a visit, as many collections are stored off site and restrictions on access apply to some collections.

The Archives reading room hours are 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. These hours are subject to change. Please check Hours & Location before finalizing a visit.

Rules for the Use of Harvard University Archives Collections