Online Resources

This page provides links to selected digitized material from the Archives' collections and other resources at Harvard.

Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf

The Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf contains digitized versions of the annual reports of the presidents and treasurers of Harvard and Radcliffe, 1826–1995, narrative histories, official University publications, student and alumni publications, information about Cambridge buildings, and more.

Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Harvard University, 1636-1930

The Quinquennial Catalogue is an historical directory of Harvard degree recipients from the first graduating class in 1642 through the classes of 1929.  The Catalogue also includes the names and terms of service of University administrators and faculty from 1636 to 1930. It is organized in three sections: lists of University administrators and faculty; lists of graduates by academic degree; and an alphabetical index of graduates.

Harvard University Catalogs

  • University catalogs from 1819 to 1923 and from 2005 to the present are available online.
  • Course catalogs for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1999 to the present are also available online.
  • Catalogs from 1923 to 1998 are not yet available online. Original volumes for this time period are available for use in the Archives’ reading room.
  • Early catalogs list University administrators and faculty, students’ names and addresses, academic programs, admission requirements, tuition, and courses of instruction.
  • Archived Harvard University Online Course Catalogs (A-Cats) contains course descriptions, lists of instructors, and academic calendars from 2005 to the present in three separate, searchable databases: Courses, Faculty, and Calendars. Contains information for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Harvard College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Summer School, and Extension School), Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

A Calendar of Harvard History (requires Harvard network connection)

This resource provides access to information about people, events, policies, academic and extracurricular student life, and other activities at Harvard from 1636 to the present. It is searchable by date and keyword.

Archived Websites

The Harvard University Archives collects two categories of websites: sites created by Schools, departments, and administrative units throughout the University (A-Sites), and sites created by the broader Harvard community, including faculty, students, visiting scholars, and staff (H-Sites). The Archives has been collecting websites since 2007.

The Harvard Charter of 1650

Signed on May 31, 1650 by Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony Thomas Dudley, the Charter of 1650 established the Harvard Corporation as Harvard's primary governing board. Harvard continues to operate under the authority of the Charter of 1650 to this day.

Tolman Index

The Tolman Index, informally named for its compiler, Bertha Tolman, is an exhaustive name and subject index covering most of the official University records from 1636 to the 1870s. This card index also references the personal diary of Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley and the correspondence of five Harvard presidents.

Harvard Gazette

The Harvard Gazette has been published by the University under various titles and formats since 1881. Full-text online articles from 1997 to the present can be searched and browsed via the Gazette's website.

Harvard University Library Open Collections Program (OCP)

The Open Collections Program provides online access to virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories. Selected documents and images from the Harvard University Archives are included in the following OCP projects.