Houghton Library


Office of the Librarian

The Librarian's Office is the central administrative office of the Houghton Library. As such it is responsible for the management of the library's public programs, for the administration of the Houghton Library Visiting Fellowships, for the oversight of the Harvard Library Bulletin and Harvard Review, for the liaison with the Harvard College Library and Harvard University Library, and for the coordination of the library's policies and procedures.

Contact information is available in the Houghton Staff Directory.

Harvard Library Bulletin

Harvard Library Bulletin publishes scholarly articles that reflect and promote the research potential of Harvard Library’s wide-ranging collections.  The Bulletin appears three times each year, in spring, summer, and fall issues.  Publication of the Bulletin is made possible by a bequest from George L. Lincoln, Class of 1895, and by a fund established in memory of William A. Jackson, the first librarian of Houghton Library.

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to William P. Stoneman, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138 or to stoneman@fas.harvard.edu; claims and subscription inquiries should be addressed to Monique Duhaime, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138 or to duhaime@fas.harvard.edu.

The cost of an annual subscription is $35 (United States, Canada, and Mexico) and $41 (foreign). Single issues are $15.

Electronic access to Harvard Library Bulletin issues from vol. 1, no. 1 through vol. 20, no. 4 (1947-2009) is available at: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:139076

Harvard Review

Harvard Review publishes poetry, fiction, essays, drama, graphics, and reviews. It is published twice yearly, in spring and fall, and is available by subscription and from select bookstores. E-mail for local listings.

Public Services

The Department of Public Services is responsible for the Houghton Reading Room, where items from Houghton collections are examined. Its staff provides access and reference services to readers, both in person and via e-mail, fax, or letter.

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Technical Services

The Technical Services Department processes and catalogs all collection material for the Houghton Library, including the Harvard Theatre Collection and the George Woodberry Poetry Room.The Department provides cataloging and metadata support for Houghton digitization projects.There are three sections which make up the Technical Services Department; Acquisitions and End-Processing Section, Manuscript Section, and the Rare Books Team. All documentation for the department’s policies and procedures are available on the departmental wiki.

The Acquisitions and End-Processing Section acquires and catalogs reference material. The section accessions rare books for all collections and is responsible for end-processing of books, manuscripts and other material. In addition, the section is responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of rare books and other media for the Woodberry Poetry Room. 

The accessioning and cataloging for printed material is primarily done into HOLLIS using standard cataloging tools.

The Manuscript Section is responsible for the accessioning and cataloging of all manuscript material. This material ranges in date from the BCE to the 21st centuries and includes manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual, art objects, and realia. 

The accessioning and cataloging of manuscript material is done in HOLLIS, OASIS and VIA using standard archival cataloging tools.

The Rare Books Team is responsible for the cataloging for all rare printed material. This material ranges in date from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes monographs, serials, broadsides, graphic objects, music, and maps. The RBT engages in a combination of work, cataloging new acquisitions and improving upon collection descriptions retrospectively.

The cataloging for rare printed material is primarily done into HOLLIS using standard cataloging tools.

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The Collections Department is responsible for oversight and management of the following: Early Books & Manuscripts, Modern Books & Manuscripts, Printing & Graphic Arts, Harvard Theatre Collection, Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson and Early Modern Books and Manuscripts, Theodore Roosevelt Collection, and the George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room.

The Printing & Graphic Arts collection administers the Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture Series on the Art of the Book and, together with the Fogg Art Museum, awards every other year the Philip Hofer Prize for book and art collecting.

The Harvard Theatre Collection maintains a mailing list for announcements of exhibitions, lectures, programs, events, major acquisitions, and other information. To be added to the list, please send your mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address via htc@harvard.edu.

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