What We Collect

Samuel Williams - Change of Climate in North America and Europe. HUM 8

The Harvard University Archives collects records (paper, visual and electronic), papers and manuscripts, publications, and other historical materials documenting the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard University from the 17th century to the present. The Archives serves as the principal repository for the institutional records of the University and faculty archives, including papers and manuscripts. The Archives seeks to document the faculty, students and academic programs at the University, as well as Harvard’s central administration, its libraries, museums, research centers and affiliated organizations.


The major collecting categories are

  • Harvard University Records
  • University Publications and Dissertations, Theses, and Prize Papers
  • Manuscripts and Personal Papers
  • Associated Organization Records
  • Historical Materials


For full details on the Harvard University Archives collecting areas, see the Harvard University Archives Collection Development Policy.