The Harvard University Archives' collections useful for multiculturalism and ethnic studies include a wide range of primary source materials related to the history, philosophy, language, and culture of peoples of different ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds.
These collections explore a wide variety of themes, including:
- migration and immigration
- native North and South American colonization
- indigenous and ancient civilizations
- anthropology and ethnography
Encompassing both the intellectual investigation of these subject areas and first-hand documentation of indigenous civilizations and cultures, materials come from a variety of sources and appear in different formats. Examples of these collections include the archives of:
- ethnomusicologist Eileen Southern
- historian of immigration Oscar Handlin
- researcher of maternal child health care in Nepal and Africa Robert LeVine
- early scholar of African-American studies Nathan Huggins
- anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn’s field notes concerning Diné (Navajo) culture and ceremony
- papers and photos of ethnologist and crusader for indigenous peoples’ rights, David Maybury-Lewis
The 17th and 18th century collections chronicle early colonization of North America by European settlers of Massachusetts and other parts of New England in a variety of ways. For example, they reveal the relationships between local Native American nations and Harvard, Harvard’s endeavor to establish the Indian College, and the Mashpee Revolt of 1833.
These collections are also rich in audio-visual accounts of world cultures and geography. Highlights include:
- The records of the Harvard College Observatory’s Boyden Station, which contain extensive photographic and hand-drawn documentation of the people and landscape of Peru and Chile in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
- Linguist Karl van Duyn Teeter’s research data, which contains recordings of the last native speaker of the Wiyot language, Della Prince
- Archeologist Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule’s records of excavations in Greece and Cyprus, which include contemporary slides and photos of these archaeological sites
Accessing These Materials
This guide details how to access materials held by the Harvard University Archives.