Virtual Pamphlets Collection

Collection Description

Latin America

Harvard's collection of more than 5,000 scarce and unique 19th century Latin American pamphlets contain political and social commentary. Addressed to fellow citizens, pamphlets document the emergence of the Latin American colonies as independent states and illuminate aspects of their populations' social and cultural life.

World War I

The WWI pamphlet collection at the Harvard College Library encompasses a wide range of publications from nations around the globe, which were targeted to specific audiences in order to gain support for the war effort. From political speeches to personal accounts, the collection offers a unique and comprehensive viewpoint of the events just preceding the conflict, the duration of the war, and the resulting peace process, while including controversial topics such as war crimes, propaganda, and neutrality.


The Sociology collection encompasses thousands of titles from topic areas such as socialism and communism, labor, charity and welfare, crime and punishment, the temperance movement, and women’s issues. Many of these pamphlets are rare hard-to-find published items by radical organizations and individuals, providing insight into the mind-set of Americans and Europeans on the various sociological concerns during decades of economic changes, political unrest, war, and revolution.

Boer War

This small collection of pamphlets and ephemera covers Dutch, British, and international perspectives on the causes of the conflict in South Africa.


The Brittany collection includes pamphlets from the late 18th century until the early 20th century on the province of Brittany. Topics covered include history, government, literature, nobility, and religion.

Page Last Reviewed: July 18, 2017