Main content
Main content

HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library

Houghton Library, Edison and Newman Room
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017

HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library

HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library (January 10 – April 22, 2017)

Harvard faculty celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary with a masterclass on its outstanding collections.
Nearly 50 academics in fields ranging from astronomy to government reveal Houghton treasures of personal and professional significance. From a wanted poster for Lincoln’s assassins to Charlotte Brontë’s childhood handmade miniature books, the assembled objects represent formative encounters from their student days and careers at Harvard, and the inspiration behind countless publications, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller.

Each year, Harvard faculty lead hundreds of class sessions at Houghton, introducing generations of students to the learning and research potential of the university’s rich and varied special collections. Their ever-evolving perspectives constantly invigorate collections in the library’s care.

Houghton Library invites you to take part in this masterclass with Harvard’s world-renowned teachers and scholars by choosing your own track through this exhibition. We hope they inspire you to have your own encounters with the collections in the reading room, seminar rooms and online.

Watch a trailer for the exhibition here.

We’re having a party and you’re invited!
In 2017 Houghton Library turns 75. Join us for a year-long series of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, and open houses, in celebration of the library’s 75th anniversary. For further information on how you can celebrate with us, see

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

Houghton Library hours

Gazette Classification: Exhibitions

Sunday, February 19, 2017 (All day)