Harvard University Library - Digital Collections

Harvard University Library has several digital collections that are relevant to European history:

  • Coin and Conscience: Popular Views of Money, Credit and Speculation: An online presentation of an exhibition catalog issued by Baker Library (Harvard Business School) in 1986 with digital images of prints from the Bleichroeder Collection. The collection includes more than 1,000 woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs ranging in date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Many prominent artists are represented in the collection, including Breughel, Goltzius, Rembrandt, Hogarth, and Gillray.
  • Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics: With over 500,000 pages of textual materials and 10,000 pages of manuscripts and early printed books from ten contributing Harvard libraries and archives, the collection is organized around nine significant "episodes" of contagious disease. The collection also includes two image collections from the Center for the History of Medicine/Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine..
  • Digital Scores and Libretti: Hundreds of digital scores and libretti from the Harvard Library collections, including first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach and Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and other composers, as well as multiple versions of nineteenth century opera scores, seminal works of musical modernism, and music of the Second Viennese School.
  • Dying Speeches and Bloody Murders: Crime Broadsides: Digital images collected by the Harvard Law School Library of more than five hundred broadsides – styled at the time as "Last Dying Speeches" or "Bloody Murders" – that were sold to the audiences that gathered to witness public executions in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. The examples digitized span the years 1707 to 1891 and include accounts of executions for such crimes as arson, assault, counterfeiting, horse stealing, murder, rape, robbery, and treason.
  • Harvard Map Collection Digital Maps: Descriptions and links to over 1,000 digitized maps and atlases from the Harvard Map Collection. Many are georeferenced for use in a GIS. Highlights include maps of Boston, Cambridge and other Massachusetts towns, New England, London, China, pictorial maps by Ernest Dudley Chase, fire insurance and real property atlases, and maps of the Revolutionary War.
  • Holocaust Rescue and Relief: Made available as they are being digitized, the online records of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee will contain more than 200,000 digital pages and photographs. Covering 1939–1967, these records document the Committee's work aiding hundreds of persons displaced by World War II. From the Andover-Harvard Theological Library-Harvard Divinity School.
  • Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930: Selected historical materials from Harvard's library, archives, and museums documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression. The collection includes approximately 1,800 books and pamphlets, 6,000 photographs, 200 maps, and 13,000 pages from manuscript and archival collections. By incorporating diaries, biographies, and other writings capturing diverse experiences, the collected material provides a window into the lives of ordinary immigrants.
  • Legal Portraits Online: More than 4,000 portrait images of lawyers, jurists, political figures, and legal thinkers dating from the Middle Ages to the late 20th- century drawn from the Harvard Law School's Legal Portrait Collection. These prints, drawings, and photographs depict legal figures prominent in the Common Law as well as those associated with the Canon and Civil Law traditions.
  • Nuremberg Trials Project -- Case 1 Medical Trial: Thousands of images of pages of Case 1 trial documents and analytical data for all trial documents from the Harvard Law School Library. The collection includes trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files, and other papers related to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT). Approximately 14,000 pages of evidentiary material from or related to Case 1 is now viewable, including portions of the prosecution case, the defendants' cases, and the evidence file collections. More digital photographs will be added as the project continues.
  • Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History: An online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries. Reading provides access to a significant selection of unique source materials – more than 250,000 pages from 1,200 individual items, including 800 published books and 400 manuscript selections on reading as an acquired skill, as a social activity, and as a valued and highly engaging individual act.
  • The Singer Continues the Song: Text and Music from the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature: Selected audio recordings and text files of oral literature made by Professor Milman Parry of the Department of the Classics at Harvard University from 1933 to 1935 in Yugoslavia, as well as epic texts collected by Professor Albert B. Lord in 1950 and 1951; and an exhibition of photographs. The Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature is the largest single repository of South Slavic heroic songs in the world.

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