Pamphlets from the Harvard College Library

Tens of thousands of pamphlets covering diverse and eclectic topics.
Lavisse, Ernest. La question d'Alsace Lorraine. Paris: A. Colin, 1918. View Details.
Pamphlets from the Harvard College Library, Widener Library
Page of German written document with bold header text at the top
Bethmann Hollweg, Theobald von. Zehn Jahre Ententepolitik: zur Vorgeschichte des Krieges. Berlin: G. Stilke, 1915. View Details.
Pamphlets from the Harvard College Library, Widener Library

Harvard was one of a few institutions to have consistently collected pamphlets published during the 19th century and the first half of the 20th.

Pamphlets are ephemeral publications, often by small presses with short print runs and limited distribution. Many have been difficult for scholars to consult as a scholarly resource because of scarcity and lack of detailed description.

Fully cataloged and text-searchable, this collection of digitized pamphlets offer a unique opportunity for scholars to explore and trace:

  • historical events
  • political movements
  • economic developments
  • social changes
  • rhetoric and debate from a wide array of perspectives

In addition to conventional pamphlet publications, this collection includes other materials such as government documents, speeches, extracts from journals, reports, manifestos, and various proceedings.

Areas currently covered in this digital collection include World War I, Sociology, the Boer War, and Brittany.

Accessing These Materials

Items in this collection are available online:

For more information, please contact collection development librarians in the Americas, Europe, and Oceania Division of the Harvard College Library.   


Americas, Europe, and Oceania Division, Widener Library