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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Special Events


  • A little #snow won’t stop the #HoughtonReno!  Thanks to our friend, photographer Stu Rosner, for letting us share this. #houghtonlibrary #houghtonrenovation #cambridgema #harvarduniversity #winter
  • The Houghton Library Visiting Fellowships 2020-2021 are now open for applications!

The Visiting Fellowship program funds projects that require in-depth research on the library’s holdings.

For more info and to apply, see the link in our bio!
  • It’s #houghtonlib ‘s last day of reading room operations before we close for our year-long #HoughtonReno !  Our doors close today at 4:00 PM EDT and our temporary reading room will open on August 26 at 9:00 AM EDT. Many thanks to #widenerlibrary for making us feel welcome!
  • Need Saturday night plans that are out of this world? (Yeah, sorry....)
Join our friends @harvardmuseum for a Lunar Soirée at the Harvard Museum of Natural History! Celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing with lunar exhibits, moon-inspired demonstrations and activities, 60s music, and drinks and snacks!  Advance tix required; visit and navigate to HMNH Events. 
Make your whole day moon-themed by visiting @houghtonlib for the Small Steps, Giant Leaps exhibit at 4:30 for a guided tour by curator John Overholt, and then a screening of The Right Stuff at the @harvardfilmarchive!

#harvardartmuseums #apollo50th #harvardfilmarchive #apollo11 #nationalaeronauticsandspaceadministration #1969moonlanding
  • Time for #moonlandingmondays with #houghtonlibrary! Today, the Wapakoneta Daily News, #neilarmstrong ’s hometown newspaper, celebrates the local hero with the headline “Neil Steps on the Moon” over a beaming photo of his parents.
  • A belated post for  #moonlandingmondays at #houghtonlibrary: #apollo11 mission patch designed by Michael Collins. His original focus on America’s national bird, the eagle, appeared warlike, so he added an olive branch to the bird’s talons to convey the peaceful nature of the mission. #apollo50
  • It’s time again for #moonlandingmondays! This week’s images depict the front and back of the star chart used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to calibrate Eagle’s guidance system soon after landing on the surface of the moon. The chart is notable for the presence of planet Earth among the stars, as well as for the moon dust coating the back of the Velcro patch. #houghtonlibrary #apollo50th
  • For the last few days of #pridemonth , we’re showcasing items from our collection of LGBTQ pins and buttons, ca. 1969-2005 (MS Am 3131). #houghtonlibrary
  • For the last few days of #pridemonth , we’re showcasing items from our collection of LGBTQ pins and buttons, ca. 1969-2005 (MS Am 3131). #houghtonlibrary

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    By Vicki Denby, Manuscript-End Processor, Houghton Library This summer, Houghton Library partnered with the City of Cambridge to hire a paid intern from the Summer Youth Employment Program (or SYEP), which offers work to high school students in both Cambridge and Boston. Richard Chen, from the class of 2019 at Josiah Quincy Upper School in […]
  • A Year on Fellowship at Houghton Library
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  • Apply for a 2020–2021 Houghton Library Visiting Fellowship
    We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020–2021 Houghton Library Visiting Fellowship Program, which offers funding to scholars at all stages of their careers so they may pursue projects that require in-depth research on the library’s holdings, draw on staff expertise, and participate in intellectual life at Harvard. Visiting […]
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