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Exhibitions & Events

Highlights of ongoing and upcoming events from across Harvard's libraries. Find more events by visiting the Harvard Library calendar, or submit a library event.

 
 

Harvard, Slavery, and Archives

Bound by History: Harvard, Slavery, and Archives is on view now in Pusey Library.

Bound by History: Harvard, Slavery, and Archives
 
 

Exhibitions

 

Collecting at Houghton Now

Through Mar
30
Collecting at Houghton Now

Since 1942, Houghton’s founding collections have been greatly augmented by a curatorial team whose responsibilities are now divided by period or theme. Today’s curators balance consolidating Houghton’s areas of traditional strength, and forging new directions to better serve the library’s mission to support teaching and research. This exhibition introduces you to Houghton’s curators, showcases some of their recent acquisitions, and reveals their plans for the future of the collections. It is on display in Houghton Library's Amy Lowell Room through March 30. 

 

Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical and Special Collections

Through Mar
31
French treatise on marriage bound in printed sheets that look like floral wallpaper

The Harvard Law School Library’s Historical and Special Collections (HSC) is home to one of the largest collections of rare legal materials in the world. The “A-side” of HSC comprises the popular items people expect to find when they visit HSC in person and online—rare books, illuminated manuscripts, collections of scholarly papers. But this exhibit is about the B-side of HSC: the bizarre, the unusual, the hidden gems. Locks of hair, fabric flowers, books bound in wallpaper, recordings in nearly obsolete formats, long-forgotten student publications, and surprising items in otherwise traditional collections of faculty papers...it’s all here in the B-side of HSC. On display in the Caspersen Room of Harvard Law School Library through March 2017. 

 

Bound by History: Harvard, Slavery, and Archives

Through Mar
31
Bound by History: Harvard, Slavery, and Archives

American universities have begun to reckon with their historical ties to slavery. Harvard University is no exception. Drawn from the collections of the Harvard University Archives, the items on display in this exhibition represent the beginning of work underway to identify the links between Harvard and the system of racial bondage that defined American society. The exhibition is on display in Pusey Library through March 31. 

 

Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories from the Diaspora

Through Mar
31
Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories from the Diaspora

Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories from the Diaspora features works that reflect on what it means to be a Palestinian and explores the lives of Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans living in Cambridge. This is a project made possible by the Cambridge Bethlehem People to People Project (CBPPP) and other Palestinian groups. The exhibition documents the experiences of individuals and their relationships to Cambridge. It is open in the Gutman Library Gallery until March 31. 

 

Where Disaster Strikes: Modern Space and the Visualization of Destruction

Through Apr
19
Map of the Fire in Tokyo

Fires, volcanoes, floods, bombs, droughts, (and monsters). We can easily understand their effect on the built and natural landscape because they happen so suddenly. The Harvard Map Collection invites you to see 350 years of maps that visualize the sudden devastation of disaster, from the London Fire of 1666 through the bombing of Hiroshima to the cities we see destroyed in our movies. Through these maps, we can see how our modern spaces define what counts as disaster and how disasters continue to shape the spaces around us. The exhibition is on display in Pusey Library through April 19.

 

HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library

Through Apr
22
HIST 75H

Each year, Harvard faculty lead hundreds of class sessions at Houghton Library, introducing generations of students to the learning and research potential of the University’s rich and varied special collections. Their ever-evolving perspectives constantly invigorate collections in the library’s care. As part of its 75th anniversary, Houghton invites you to take part in this masterclass with Harvard’s world-renowned teachers and scholars by choosing your own track through this exhibition, on view in the Edison and Newman Room through April 22.   

 

At the Intersection of Science and Art: Edwin H. Land and the Polaroid Corporation: The Formative Years

Through Jul
28
At the Intersection of Science and Art: Edwin H. Land and the Polaroid Corporation: The Formative Years

At the Intersection of Science and Art draws from the wealth of material in the Polaroid corporate archives at Baker Library, bringing into focus the formative years and trajectory of the Polaroid Corporation and the career of Edwin H. Land. The exhibition is on display at Baker Library, Harvard Business School, until July 28.

 

Scale: A Matter of Perspective

Through Dec
8
Image from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Scale has long captivated the human imagination, as evidenced in classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in today’s popular movies and television shows. Scale: A Matter of Perspective examines the concept of scale and its power to transform perceptions of the world and our place in it. Featuring a wide selection of microscopes and telescopes from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and an array of models, miniatures, and cultural and scientific artifacts from collections across the University, the exhibition will challenge visitors to make connections to the world in surprising new ways. It is open through December 8 at the Science Center's Special Exhibition Gallery.