Houghton Library opened its doors in 1942. Throughout 2017, we are celebrating the library’s world-class collections, and support of research and teaching over the last 75 years. Join in the celebrations by participating in our year-long program of events that promises visitors a unique glimpse of some of Houghton’s most treasured holdings:

  • Three exhibitions showcasing highlights from Houghton's collection selected by Harvard faculty, and the library’s curators, archivists and librarians
  • Film series screening movies inspired by or connected to Houghton’s literary archives
  • Houghton Library at 75, a new guide to the collections
  • Houghton Library: Who Cares? A 75th Anniversary Symposium exploring why and how curators, conservators, artists and researchers care for special collections
  • Weekly tours, and special events

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  • Our URL Has Changed
    The Houghton Library Blog is now running on Harvard’s CampusPress platform and our URL has changed.  Find us at  All our previously posted content is available there. After June 30, 2023, this WordPress site will be decommissioned. We encourage readers of the Houghton Library Blog to update their bookmarks and/or RSS feeds.
  • Celebrating the Launch of the Gatsos Translation Project
      Harvard Library joins Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies and the Department of the Classics to celebrate the birthday of Greek poet Nikos Gatsos and the launch of the Gatsos Translation Project.    Harvard Library’s 2018 acquisition of the archive of avant-garde Greek poet and lyricist Nikos Gatsos (1911–1992) has been widely celebrated by the Harvard […]
  • Harvard Theatre Collection’s Lincoln Assassination Playbills
    By Matthew Wittmann, Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection Rather unfortunately, an evening performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 is perhaps the most remarked upon theatrical event in American history. Harry Hawk, who played the “cousin” character Asa Trenchard, delivered this risible line in Act II: “Don’t know the manners […]
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