Images of Colonialism

Over 700 images of Africa, East Asia, and India from late 19th and early 20th century trade cards and illustrated European newspapers included in Widener's Images of Colonialism Collection and are available in VIA. Learn more.

Edwards Bangs Drew Collection

Photographs collected by Edward Bangs Drew and his family documenting his life and career in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service have been cataloged and digitized and are available in VIA. Learn more.

Artemas Ward House and Its Collections

The Artemas Ward House and Its Collections Virtual Collection provides online access to over 6,000 images, providing the opportunity to study an important figure of the American Revolution. Learn more.

Harvard Map Collection Digital Maps

A Virtual Collection including digitized maps and atlases available through the Harvard Image Delivery Service. Learn more.

Gardner Collection of Photographs

The George Augustus Gardner Collection of Photographs is a set of approximately 1,300 photographs of the New England landscape and some nearby states, focused primarily on geological features. Learn more.

Medieval Manuscripts

The Houghton Library's distinguished collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts represents a significant resource for the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Western Europe. Learn more.

Theodore Roosevelt Collection Photographs

Images in this collection document Roosevelt's career, family, homes, and memorials, including childhood, Harvard years, ranching in Dakota, the Spanish-American war, hunting trips and speech-making tours during the presidency. Learn more.

Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System

The digital collection consists chiefly of summary transcripts of 705 interviews conducted with refugees from the USSR during the early years of the Cold War. Learn more.

Tehran Propaganda Murals

A selection of over 130 images of Tehran's propaganda murals taken over the summer of 2006. Learn more.

Etz-Trudell Lantern Slides of Asia

The lantern slides in this collection depict scenery, such as views of Mount Fuji and lakes and rice paddies; craftsmen and their workshops; farmers at work; and stores and merchandise displays. Learn more.

Chinese Rubbings Collection

The Chinese Rubbings Collection includes 1,945 rubbings from the Fine Arts Library's collections. Learn more.

Digital Scores and Libretti

Hundreds of scores and libretti from the collections of the Loeb Music library are included in this digital collection.
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Hedda Morrison Photographs of China

More than 5,000 photographs from the Harvard-Yenching Library taken by Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908-1991) during her residence in Beijing from 1933 to 1946 have been digitzed and cataloged in VIA. Learn more.

Judaica Division Image Collections

The Judaica Division repository has digital images documenting Jewish life over the past hundred years throughout the world and particularly in the Land of Israel. Learn more.

Mercator Globes at the Harvard Map Collection

A presentation of images of the Mercator Globes at the Harvard Map Collection with zooming and navigation. Learn more.

The Poet's Voice - A Digital Poetry Collection

A select number of recordings from the Woodberry Poetry Room's archive of recorded poetry have been digitized and made accessible to the Harvard community and, when copyright restrictions permit, the general public. Learn more.

Russian Theatre Designs from the Harvard Theatre Collection

The entire collection of original Russian art work in the Harvard Theatre Collection, which comprises approximately 650 theatrical designs and portraits has been cataloged and digitized and is available in VIA. Learn more.

The Rev. Claude L. Pickens, Jr. Collection on Muslims in China

Over 1000 photos of Muslims and Christian missionaries working among them in Western China in the 1920s and 1930s form the core of this collection. Learn more.

Iranian Oral History Project

The collection of digitized narrative provides scholars and practitioners the opportunity to listen to and read the personal accounts of many of Iran's former political leaders as they recall the times and events that shaped their country. Learn more.

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection

More than 5,000 titles, including many scarce and unique Latin American pamphlets published during the 19th and the early 20th centuries, have been digitized and are available in this collection. Learn more.

Naxi Mansucripts

The digitization of more than 600 rare manuscripts held in Harvard-Yenching Library of the Naxi people of Southwest China provides an unprecedented opportunity for study. Learn more.

Book of Hours

The Book of Hours digital collection allows users to examine ten examples of Books of Hours taken from Houghton Library's rich collection and pore through each page of the manuscripts without travelling to the reading room. Learn more.

Digital Papyri at Houghton Library

Dating from the 3rd-century BC to the 6th-century AD, Houghton Library's collection of 84 papyri includes both literary and documentary texts for the study of the history of the Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. Learn more.

The Singer Continues the Song: Text and Music from the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature

The largest single repository of South Slavic heroic song in the world. Learn more.

Ming-Qing Women´s Writings

A valuable resource for scholars studying women´s roles in China from the 14th- through the 20th-centuries, the Ming-Qing manuscripts in this collection offer rich insight into women´s roles in Chinese literature, history and culture. Learn more.

Chilean Protest Murals

Hundreds of protest murals were created in Chile during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The photographer Andrés Romero Spethman worked alongside muralist brigades to preserve their work. Learn more.

Pamphlets from the Harvard College Library

Thousands of pamphlets covering a diverse and eclectic range of topics, this collection offers scholars a unique perspective on historical events, political movements, economic developments, social changes, rhetoric and debate. Learn more.

Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran

Explore the lives of women during the Qajar era (1796-1925) through a wide array of materials from private family holdings and participating institutions. Learn more.

Early Photography of Japan

The Early Photography of Japan project integrates conservation, cataloging, and digital imaging to create a virtual collection of 35 albums containing nearly 2,000 photographs from various libraries. Learn more.

  • Images of Colonialism
  • Edwards Bangs Drew Collection
  • Artemas Ward House and Its Collections
  • Harvard Map Collection Digital Maps
  • Gardner Collection of Photographs
  • Medieval Manuscripts
  • Theodore Roosevelt Collection Photographs
  • Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System
  • Tehran Propaganda Murals
  • Etz-Trudell collection of hand-colored lantern slides of Japan
  • Chinese Rubbings Collection
  • Digital Scores and Libretti
  • Hedda Morrison Photographs of China
  • Judaica Division Image Collections
  • Mercator Globes at the Harvard Map Collection
  • The Poet's Voice - A Digital Poetry Collection
  • Russian Theatre Designs from the Harvard Theatre Collection
  • The Rev. Claude L. Pickens, Jr. Collection on Muslims in China
  • Iranian Oral History Project
  • Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection
  • Naxi Manuscripts
  • Book of Hours
  • Digital Papyri at Houghton Library
  • The Singer Continues the Song: Text and Music from the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature
  • Ming-Qing Women´s Writings
  • Chilean Protest Murals
  • Pamphlets from the Harvard College Library
  • Pamphlets from the Harvard College Library
  • Early Photography of Japan

Explore the Collections

To enhance access to its rich and varied collections, the Harvard College Library (HCL) has digitized thousands of historical photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, books, music scores, rare maps and other rare and unique materials. The vast majority of these images are freely available online for public access. We invite you to visit the Explore the Collections section for information about each of Harvard College Library's digital projects.

HCL Collections Digitization Program

For more than a decade, the Harvard College Library Collections Digitization Program has focused on building online research collections of enduring value. HCL Librarians and technical specialists collaborate in the selection, cataloging, conservation and reformatting of library materials in this highly coordinated in-house enterprise. Please visit the Collections Digitization Program section for additional information.


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