From the Collections of Harvard College Library, Events and Exhibitions 2016


Image from Houghthon's collections

Houghton Library, MS Typ 120, f. 1

Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in
Boston Collections

For Houghton Library’s portion of the exhibit, the emphasis is on the centrality of books to monastic life. Male and female monasticism revolved around religion, but at its heart was a cult of the book: not just the bible, all books. Monastic scriptoria guaranteed the survival and transmission of classical literature and learning. Reverence felt for texts and their authors is manifest in the beauty of the books that were crafted in monasteries and convents. Manuscripts on display at the Houghton Library highlight the scriptorium as both a space for the production of manuscripts and the human collective that produced them.

Major support for the Houghton Library portion of the exhibition has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Edison & Newman Exhibition & Program Fund, the John & Ann Clarkeson Library Fund and the Bayard Livingston & Kate Gray Kilgour Fund.

For further information on the Beyond Words exhibitions, please visit the website or contact Peter Accardo at or 617-496-4027

Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions.

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library



Image Yellowstone National Park, compliments of the Northern Pacific Railway HOLLIS number 013823063

Yellowstone National Park, compliments of the
Northern Pacific Railway

The Land Remains: A century of conservation in America’s National Parks
The maps in this exhibition showcase units of the National Park Service in all stages of their history. Many date from before the idea of the government preserving areas of natural beauty or cultural significance had even formed. Many are from the first days of preservation of a site. Some show the process of creating a park and the struggle to protect and preserve hallowed ground while still allowing in the people for whom it is preserved. We hope that these maps will remind you of the beauty and importance of this country’s natural and cultural treasures, and inspire you to #FindYourPark.

Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library


Theodore Roosevelt opening the second New York State suffrage campaign on Sept. 8, 1917 at Sagamore Hill. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Theodore Roosevelt opening the second
New York State suffrage campaign on
Sept. 8, 1917 at Sagamore Hill. Houghton
Library, Harvard University.

The Bull Moose and the China Cabinet: Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement
Following the Republican Party’s nomination of incumbent William Howard Taft for president in 1912, supporters of Theodore Roosevelt’s candidacy formed the Progressive Party, which centered upon returning power to the people and creating a more equitable country by the right treatment of its citizens. For nearly 100 years, women had been fighting for equal rights on every front—education; labor; and intellectual, moral, legal, and human rights. Roosevelt’s Progressive Party placed women’s suffrage in its official platform. It was the first major political party to do so. This exhibition examines Roosevelt’s evolving position on women’s suffrage, and includes a page from his Harvard senior paper on women’s rights, correspondence, contemporary newspaper accounts and political cartoons, and artifacts documenting the role and influence of the women in Roosevelt’s life.

The exhibition was guest curated by Melanie Bayless Veteto, a student in the Museum Studies program at the Harvard Extension School. For more information, contact

Theodore Roosevelt Gallery, Pusey Library


Bhakti: Framing Devotion, Mumbai, India, by Javier Aranzales. Special Prize, South Asia Institute.

Bhakti: Framing Devotion, Mumbai, India, by
Javier Aranzales. Special Prize, South Asia Institute

Harvard College
Annual International Photo Contest

Photos taken by Harvard students who have studied, worked, interned, or done research abroad during the past year are on exhibit. For more information on the contest, see the photo contest page.

Level B, first and third floor display cases,
Lamont Library (Hours)
For details contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455


Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

Doyle, A. Conan. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of
the Hound of the Baskerville
s. New York, NY: Playmore,
Inc., 1977. Page 8.

2016 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting
Books or Art

The Philip Hofer prize is awarded each year to students at Harvard whose collections of books or works of art best exemplify the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination represented by Philip Hofer, A.B. '21, L.H.D. '67, founder and first Curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library and Secretary of the Fogg Art Museum. The prize, which is to encourage student interest in collecting, was established in 1987 by Melvin R. Seiden, A.B. '52, L.L.B. '55. Students competing for the prize submit an annotated list or bibliography and an essay describing the scope, contents, and goal of the collection. On exhibition are samples of this year’s first and second prize winning collections, The Lost and Found Works of Dr. John H. Watson, submitted by Helen X. Yang, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2016, and Harry Potter Chinese Forgeries, submitted by Christopher J. Foster, Graduate Student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455

Third floor display cases, Lamont Library,


2015 Undergraduate Book Collectiong Prize

Walter, Eugene. Jennie the Watercress Girl. Mobile, AL: The National Willoughby Institute, 1946.

2016 Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize
Established in 1977, the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting recognizes and encourages book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. Students competing for the annual prize submit an annotated bibliography and an essay on their collecting efforts, the influence of mentors, the experience of searching for, organizing and caring for items, and the future direction of the collection. On display are samplings of the collections of this year’s prize-winning entries, along with personal commentary.

For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455

Second and third floor display cases, Lamont Library



Catholic Church. Book of Hours and Missal : manuscript,
[between 1485 and 1490].
f. 112v, MS Typ 443.
Houghton Library.

Spotlight on Collections: Illuminated Manuscripts
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:00–5:00pm
Lamont Library, Forum Room

Harvard University’s extensive holdings of illuminated manuscripts from the 9th to the 17th centuries are being highlighted this fall in the collaborative exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. In preparation for this exhibition and future use, many of Harvard’s most fragile manuscripts were conserved and digitized.

Please join us for presentations on Harvard’s illuminated manuscripts, the challenges of conservation and digitization, and the use of the manuscripts in teaching and learning. The presentations will be followed by a light reception and an opportunity to view the manuscripts on display at Houghton Library.

Hosted by Preservation Services and Houghton Library. If you do not have a Harvard ID, RSVP to to be placed on the guest list.

Continuing Exhibitions

Mercator Globes
Exhibition includes Gerard Mercator's terrestrial (1541) and celestial (1551) globes that reflect new discoveries in world geography and cosmography as well as new techniques in charting, printing, and globe making. Only 22 matched pairs survive, Harvard's being the only matched pair in America.

For details call the Map Collection at 617-495-2417

Mercator Case, Map Gallery Hall