Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, located in Washington DC, was founded by means of an endowment made "exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to rediscover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks." This humanistic vision remains the driving force of the Center for Hellenic Studies.
The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized research collection devoted to the study of woody plants. The collections contain more than 40,000 volumes, 30,000 photographs and an archive that documents the Arboretum's history and is a repository for other 19th, 20th and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.
Home to a collection of 20th and 21st century English-language poetry materials, the Poetry Room features a circulating collection of poetry monographs, anthologies, journals, magazines, audio recordings and Blue Star collection of rare manuscripts. The Woodberry Poetry Room's audio collection comprises over 5,000 recordings including readings, lectures, informal conversations, oral histories, interviews, radio broadcasts and, more recently, answering-machine poems.
Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The library collects broadly in all subfields: cultural and social anthropology, biological and physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics, with a special emphasis on materials relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Houghton is the primary repository for Harvard's rare books and manuscripts. The wealth of primary source material is managed by an expert staff and augmented by exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and courses.
The Harvard Map Collection is one of the largest and oldest collections of cartographic materials in the United States. The collections include rare editions of Mercator, Ortelius, and Ptolemaic atlases and large-scale current topographic maps.
The Fung Library collects materials, primarily in the social sciences, to support the advanced study of China, Japan, Russia and Eurasia, and to further the research and teaching of the FAS and the University on these geographic regions.
The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library provides services that support the curriculum in music as well as the music needs of the greater Harvard community. Study spaces include reading rooms, individual and collaborative listening/viewing spaces and carrels.
Cabot is Harvard's principal general science library. In addition to serving undergraduates, the library has research collections in mathematics, statistics, earth and planetary sciences, psychology and science-related interdisciplinary studies.
Lamont Library was the first university library building in the United States specifically planned for undergraduates. This revolutionary library became the primary collection supporting study and instruction in the new undergraduate curriculum.
The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is Harvard University's flagship library. Built with a gift from Eleanor Elkins Widener, it is a memorial to her son, Harry, Class of 1907, an enthusiastic young bibliophile who perished aboard the Titanic.
Founded in 1889, the Harvard Semitic Museum houses more than 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, mostly from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia. We use these collections to investigate and teach Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture. The Harvard Semitic Museum is one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC).
The Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) is committed to the development and preservation of world-class collections of minerals, rocks, ores, meteorites and gems for research, education, and public display. We strive to meet the needs of students and faculty at Harvard University as well the geological community and public at large by serving as a uniquely rich resource of materials and information.
The mission of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is to foster curiosity and a spirit of discovery in visitors of all ages, enhancing public understanding of and appreciation for the natural world, science, and human cultures. HMSC works in concert with Harvard faculty, museum curators, and students, as well as with members of the extended Harvard community to provide interdisciplinary exhibitions, events and lectures, and educational programs for students, teachers, and the general public. HMSC will draw primarily upon the extensive collections of the member museums and upon the research of their faculty and curators.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in 1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum. Presenting these incomparable collections and the research of scientists across the University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.