Collecting at Houghton Now

Houghton Library opened its doors for research 75 years ago. Built to house 125,000 rare books accumulated over the centuries by Harvard, within its first year Houghton acquired more than 8,000 printed books in addition to manuscripts and autograph letters. Since 1942, Houghton’s founding collections have been greatly augmented by

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HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library

Harvard faculty celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary with a masterclass on its outstanding collections. Nearly 50 academics in fields ranging from astronomy to government reveal Houghton treasures of personal and professional significance. From a wanted poster for Lincoln’s assassins to Charlotte Brontë’s childhood handmade miniature books, the assembled objects represent

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Houghton tour

Open to the public. Please meet in Houghton lobby at 2:00pm.

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