The South Sea Bubble, 1720

The South Sea Bubble Research Portal offers an opportunity to explore the rich resources of Baker Library, Harvard Business School, which holds one of the world’s most extensive collections relating to the 1720 financial crisis. Browse features allow users to search the collection in depth, and an exhibition featuring selections from the collection provides further context for understanding the economic and social dimensions of the Bubble. “The South Sea Bubble in 2020,” an essay by Emma Rothschild, Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, Harvard University, underscores why the Bubble resonates today.