CURIOSity Digital Collections Curated views that provide specialized search options and unique content

Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation and Freedom

Rare and unique materials from Houghton library by and about Black people in the Americas, from the 18th through the beginning of the 20th century.

Early Photography of Japan

An online collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications from across three Harvard libraries.

Women Working, 1800-1930

An exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression.

Botanical Illustrations

The beauty of botany and the importance of scientific accuracy come together at the Harvard University Herbaria.

American Currency

Baker Library’s collection of over 700 pieces of paper money ranging in date from 1709 to 1878.

Andrew Garrett, Early Naturalist of Polynesia

This exhibit showcases a selection of Andrew Garrett's (1823-1887) drawings and manuscript specimen sheets of Pacific Ocean region mollusks, fish, corals, echinoderms

Artemas Ward House and Its Collections

The first commander-in-chief of the Patriot forces.

Chinese Rare Books

With over 9,600 items, Harvard-Yenching's rare book collection is one of the largest of its kind in the Western world.

Chinese Rubbings Collection

The Fine Arts Library and Harvard-Yenching Library holds rubbings of objects that date from the Qin Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty.

City Maps and Urban Environments

Cities and city maps have changed dramatically over the last 500 years. Explore maps of urban design and urban planning for cities around the world from the 16th


This collection offers important historical perspectives on the science and public policy of epidemiology today and contributes to the understanding of the global,

Daguerreotypes at Harvard

Access more than 3,500 daguerreotypes from libraries, museums, and archives across Harvard.

Digital Scores and Libretti

Loeb Music Library's digital collection of scores and libretti, selected for their rare or unique natures and their popularity as objects of research and teaching.

English Crime and Execution Broadsides

This collection of nearly 600 broadsides highlights crime and capital punishment, primarily in England, as seen through the popular press in the 18th and 19th century.

Expeditions and Discoveries

This collection includes a variety of materials from selected expeditions between 1626 and 1953.

France in the Americas

A collection documenting the French presence in the Americas from the early 16th century through the 19th century.

Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

Discover the history and science of early photography through a collection of photographs and other materials.

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930

Documenting voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the start of the Great Depression.

Iranian Oral History Project

A unique resource for the study of modern Iranian history.

Islamic Heritage Project

A digital collection of Islamic manuscripts, published texts, and maps from across Harvard's libraries and museums.

Joseph Story

Explore items related to the life and work of Supreme Court Justice and Harvard Law School Professor Joseph Story (1779-1845).

Jacques Burkhardt Scientific Drawings

Illustrations of fishes and miscellaneous vertebrates and invertebrates drawn by Louis Agassiz’s personal artist, Jacques Burkhardt.

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection

Scarce and unique pamphlets, primarily from Chile, Cuba, Bolivia and Mexico, published during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Delve into the literature, art, history, music, philosophy, and theology of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Western Europe found Houghton Library's collection.

Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature

A unique repository of Balkan oral traditions.

Political Buttons

Glimpse U.S. history through Harvard's collection of political buttons featuring candidate campaigns, political demonstrations, and social movements.


Exploring the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard's libraries.

Scanned Maps

Thousands of the Harvard Map Collection's maps and atlases from around the world are available online in hi-res.

The South Sea Bubble, 1720

Explore the rich resources of Baker Library, which holds one of the most extensive collections in the world relating to the first international stock market crash.

Studies in Scarlet

Drawn from the Harvard Law School Library’s extensive trial collections, Studies in Scarlet features over 420 trial narratives involving the crimes and passions of both

The William Ellery Channing Collection

Discover the work of the American theologian, author, Unitarian minister, and Harvard graduate.

Index to Ming Dynasty Chinese Paintings

A database containing over 9,000 records of Chinese artwork and artists from the Ming Dynasty.

CURIOSity Demo Site

Demonstration website for members of Harvard Library using the CURIOSity service to showcase CURIOSity features.

Archived Harvard University Online Course Catalogs (A-Cats) - Calendars

This database lists the academic calendars for Harvard schools from Fall 2005 forward.

Archived Harvard University Online Course Catalogs (A-Cats) - Faculty

This database lists faculty who taught courses from Fall 2005 forward. It is not a comprehensive list of all faculty at Harvard.

Archived Harvard University Online Course Catalogs (A-Cats) - Courses

This database lists courses taught at Harvard from Fall 2005 forward.

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