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The University Library consists of all the collections of books in the possession of the University. It originated in 1638 with books left to the college by John Harvard. The library system currently consists of over 100 separate facilities, ranging from very small specialized collections to Widener Library, with its 5 million volumes. Each of the faculties within the University maintains one or more libraries serving its special constituency. The largest unit is the Harvard College Library (including Widener) which consists of the libraries of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Through various organizational arrangements, an attempt has been made over the years to coordinate the operations of the many libraries in the University. At certain times, the director of the library has also been head of the College Library. In 1979, the office of the director of the University Library was distinctively separated from the duties of the College Library.

From the description of Records of the Harvard University Library, 1698- (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972778

From the description of Records of the Harvard University Library, 1698- (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 236231777

Metcalf was Director of Harvard University Library.

From the description of Correspondence with Franz Werfel, 1942. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155863419

The first library catalogs at Harvard were in book form. In the 1870's, Harvard began to adopt a new technology for library catalogs, the card catalog. Harvard's On-line Integrated Library System (HOLLIS) began to replace the card catalogs in the 1980's. Following the establishment of HOLLIS, a project of retrospective conversion or "recon," created electronic bibliographic records from older catalog cards, and thus created a single, union catalog for all the libraries of Harvard University; retrospective conversion for cards using western alphabets was completed in 1998.

From the description of Catalog cards : samples of catalog cards from the libraries of Harvard University, ca. 1870?-ca. 1980. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77065015

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referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Charles Deane collection, Deane, Charles collection, 1840-1909, 1848-1889 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913. Letter : Washington, D.C., to Justin Winsor, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1887 Jan. 3. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Radcliffe College. Library. Records, 1895-1955 (inclusive). Radcliffe College, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. A list of the books from the bequest of Theodore Jewett Eastman that bear the marks of ownership of Sarah Orne Jewett : typescript, 1933. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Records of the Harvard University Library, 1698- Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Catalog cards : samples of catalog cards from the libraries of Harvard University, ca. 1870?-ca. 1980. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838. Bowditch family business letters, 1826-1861. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence, 1909 July 8, 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Harvard University. Office of the Director of the University Library. Correspondence 1982-1989 (inclusive) Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence with Franz Werfel, 1942. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn James Parton papers, 1914-1986. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Letters to Levi Bartlett, 1821-1823. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn War and Political Information Center (Harvard University). Records of the War and Political Information Center, 1970. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Fox, Thomas A. (Thomas Alfred), 1864-1946. Thomas A. Fox and John Singer Sargent Collection, 1882-1934. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Ground plan of the library, 1831-1832. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard College Library. Photographs : Harvard librarians and stacks, 1912. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn HOLLIS t-shirt, ca. 1993. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Records of Catalog Record Display Screen (CARDS) Task Group, 1987-1988 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Austen, Willard. Bookplates : a collection of bookplates used by libraries and institutions, [1904-ca. 1920]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. "Harvard University Library" ceramic coffee mug, 2006. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Metcalf, Keyes DeWitt, 1889-1983. Papers of Keyes DeWitt Metcalf, 1969-1989. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Tiemann, Bernard Joseph. Intelligence known, and unknown. About the origin, etc., of the flags of the United States of America and an out-of-the-ordinary bibliography of American flags books : manuscript, 1924. Harvard University, Houghton Library
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referencedIn Papers, 1921-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Ernest Francisco Fenollosa papers, 1881-1952 (inclusive), 1881-1909 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Widener, Eleanor Elkins. Letters to Flora Livingston : manuscript, 1914-1937. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Richman, Irving Berdine, 1861-1938,. Collection of transcripts from various archives of documents concerning the early history of California, [not after 1911]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Publications Office correspondence and other records, 1980-1992 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Documentary history of the library, 1773-1879. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Wooden table with inset made from samples of marble used in the construction of Widener Library. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Cameron, Donald F. Records, 1925-1971. Rutgers University
referencedIn Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Samuel, Williams family, papers, 1723-1995. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Radcliffe College autograph collection, 1705-1946 (inclusive), 1881-1946 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Records of Committee on Online Reference Services, 1977-1987 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Potter, Alfred Claghorn, 1867-1940. Papers regarding librarians of Harvard College, 1914. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Student Committee on a Fund for Building a New Library Reading Room. General information by and about the Student Committee on a Fund for Building a New Library Reading Room, 1890. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Class Day programs and tickets, 1835-1933. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Records of the Harvard University Library, 1698- Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Records of Edwin E. Williams, 1964-1983 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Librarians' Assembly. Committee on Communications and Orientation. Records of the Committee on Communications and Orientation of the Librarians' Assembly 1971-1993 (inclusive) Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Quaker collection, 1700-1888 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Joseph Ishill correspondence, 1942-1966. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Records of RLIN/AMC project, 1983-1987 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Administrative records of the Assistant Director for External Affairs, ca.1979-1992 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Coolidge, Archibald Cary, 1866-1928. Papers of Archibald Cary Coolidge, 1893-1982 bulk dates, 1893-1934. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Printed form letter signed by William C. Lane, Harvard University Library librarian, to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1898 May 9. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. CONSER Project records, ca. 1976-1982 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Financial records, 1933-1936 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Mitchell, Barbara A. A beginning is made : the female labor force and the new catalogue of the Harvard College Library, 1856-1877. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Von Brieson, Hans, b. 1876. Hans Von Briesen correspondence, 1893-1897. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jackson, William A. (William Alexander), 1905-1964. William A. Jackson letters to Keyes DeWitt Metcalf, 1945. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Currier family. Papers, 1861-1950 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers pertaining to the estate of Annie Adams Fields, 1846-1935. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Doderer, Heimito von, 1896-1966. Letters to Walter Grossman, 1954-1964. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence and other records of Librarian Alan E. Erickson, 1966-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Autographs from the collection of Harold Murdock A.M. (Hon.) 1916 : typescript list, 1935. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Letter to Horace Howard Furness, 1880. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Billings, John S. Letter, 1887, Crerar Ms 2 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Harvard University. Corporation. Partly printed document signed : Cambridge, Mass., 1857 July 24. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Ruth Fischer papers, 1925-1961 (inclusive) 1940-1961 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. Papers relating to the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. 1960-1961. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913. Letter : Washington, D. C., to Justin Winsor, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1887 Jan. 3. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Gladys Tilden Papers, 1875-1982 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Bookplates, ca. 1897-ca. 1932. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Cabot Science Library (Harvard University). Records of library committees and public services, 1965-1983 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Maxwell Evarts Perkins correspondence and papers on Thomas Wolfe, 1933-1948. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Winship, George Parker, 1871-1952. Bibliographical notes, compositions, and other papers, [19--] Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Keller, Carl Tilden, 1872-1955. Catalogue of the Keller collection of Don Quixote. Manuscript. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence, 1909 Dec. 7, 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Harvard University Library t-shirt, ca. 1996. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Wilson, William Jerome, b. 1884. Catalogue entries : Catalogue of Latin and vernacular alchemical manuscripts in the United States and Canada : typescript, 1936. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Records of the Director of the Harvard University Library, Keyes DeWitt Metcalf, 1937-1955. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Radcliffe College. Library. Records, 1895-1955 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Forrest, William Mentzel, b. 1868,. Correspondence regarding the first University of Virginia copy of Eliot's Indian Bible [manuscript] 1907 Jul 11. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Note from John Langdon Sibley regarding the Papers of John Thornton Kirkland, 1842 January. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Whitney Warren papers, 1914-1926. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Currier, Thomas Franklin, 1873-1946. Papers of T. Franklin Currier, 1852-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Bureau of Study Counsel. Records, 1939-1970 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Ternaux-Compans, Henri, 1807-1864. Letters, 1839 May 29-1850 June 6, Paris, to George Ticknor, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Harvard College Library. Committee. Records, 1859-1948 Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1956-1959. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Inventory to the Records of the Rutger University Office of University Librarian (Donald F. Cameron), 1925-1971 Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Harvard-Radcliffe Manuscripts and Archives Group. Records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Manuscripts and Archives Group, 1984-1994. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Erik Satie papers, 1866-1966. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Eliot, Henry Ware, 1879-1947, collector. T. S. Eliot collection, 1881-1994. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Stoller, Leo. The collected verse of John Reed : manuscript, 1947 June. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Scrapbook of Thomas Franklin Currier, 1895-1920 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harris, Thaddeus William, 1795-1856,. Letters, 1846-1848. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Board of Overseers. General information about the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1959. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence, 1910 Jan. 27, Nov. 16, 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Widener, Eleanor Elkins,. Letters to Eleanor Elkins Widener and A. Hamilton Rice : manuscript, 1915-1940. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Books, pamphlets, periodicals, 18-- - <ongoing> Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Survey of the Widener portrait collection, 1984. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard College Library. Friends. General information by and about the Friends of the Harvard College Library, 1925-2003. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Letter to Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture, 1849. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence, 1908 May 22, 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hamlin, Arthur T. Arthur Tenney Hamlin : an Informal Autobiography / Arthur Tenney Hamlin, 1991. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Bayard Taylor papers, 1826-1912 (inclusive), 1845-1878 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Widener, Eleanor Elkins. Letters to Luther S. Livingston : manuscript, 1912-[1914]. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Straker, Robert Lincoln. A gloss upon glosses. Critical comments on two books by Louise Hall Tharp: The Peabody Sisters of Salem [and] Until Victory: Horace Mann and Mary Peabody : typescript 1956 January. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Walter Gropius papers, 1925-1969 (inclusive), 1937-1969 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard University. Medal from the Mayor of Rome, December 1955. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. List of subject headings on manuscripts and archives records in HOLLIS, 1987 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Harvard University. Library. Correspondence, 1909-10 Dec. 23, Jan. 4, 6, 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adam, R. B. (Robert Borthwick), 1863-1940 person
associatedWith Berger, Raoul, 1901- person
associatedWith Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913. person
associatedWith Blake, Robert P. 1886-1950. person
associatedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795. person
associatedWith Briggs, W.B. person
associatedWith Bryant, Douglas Wallace, 1913-1994. person
associatedWith Buck, Paul Herman, 1899- person
associatedWith Cabot Science Library (Harvard University) corporateBody
associatedWith Cabot Science Library (Harvard University) corporateBody
associatedWith Cameron, Donald F. person
associatedWith Carpenter, Kenneth E., 1936- person
associatedWith CONSER Program. corporateBody
associatedWith Coolidge, Archibald Cary, 1866-1928. person
associatedWith Currier family. family
associatedWith Currier, Thomas Franklin, 1873-1946. person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
associatedWith Deane, Charles, 1813-1889 person
associatedWith Doderer, Heimito von, 1896-1966. person
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Erickson, Alan E. person
associatedWith Fainsod, Merle, 1907-1972. person
correspondedWith Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco, 1853-1908 person
associatedWith Fields, Annie, 1834-1915 person
correspondedWith Fischer, Ruth, 1895- person
associatedWith Fox, Thomas A. (Thomas Alfred), 1864-1946. person
associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. person
correspondedWith Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969 person
associatedWith Hamlin, Arthur T. person
associatedWith Harris, Thaddeus William, 1795-1856, person
associatedWith Harvard College Library corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard College Library. Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard College Library. Friends. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard-Radcliffe Manuscripts and Archives Group. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Theatre Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Board of Overseers. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Bureau of Study Counsel. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Librarians' Assembly. Committee on Communications and Orientation. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Office of the Director of the University Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Student Committee on a Fund for Building a New Library Reading Room. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886- person
correspondedWith Ishill, Joseph. person
associatedWith Jackson, William A. (William Alexander), 1905-1964. person
associatedWith Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909 person
associatedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. person
associatedWith Keller, Carl Tilden, 1872-1955. person
associatedWith Lane, William C. person
correspondedWith Lane, William Coolidge, 1859-1931 person
associatedWith Lee, Arthur. person
correspondedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Lewis, Karen R. person
associatedWith Lockhart, J. G. 1794-1854. person
associatedWith Metcalf, Keyes DeWitt, 1889-1983. person
associatedWith Mitchell, Barbara A. person
associatedWith Murdock, Harold, 1862-1934 person
associatedWith Nordell, Joan. person
associatedWith Parton, James, 1912- person
correspondedWith Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947 person
associatedWith Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744. person
associatedWith Potter, Alfred Claghorn, 1867-1940. person
associatedWith Radcliffe College. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Radcliffe College. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Research Libraries Information Network. corporateBody
associatedWith Richman, Irving Berdine, 1861-1938, person
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Rutgers University. Office of University Librarian corporateBody
correspondedWith Satie, Erik, 1866-1925 person
associatedWith Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. person
associatedWith Stoller, Leo. person
associatedWith Straker, Robert Lincoln. person
associatedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. person
associatedWith Taylor, Bayard, 1825-1878 person
associatedWith Ternaux-Compans, Henri, 1807-1864. person
associatedWith Tiemann, Bernard Joseph. person
correspondedWith Tilden, Gladys, 1900- person
associatedWith Von Brieson, Hans, b. 1876. person
associatedWith War and Political Information Center (Harvard University) corporateBody
correspondedWith Warren, Whitney, 1864-1943 person
associatedWith Wendell, Evert Jansen, 1860-1917. person
associatedWith Widener, Eleanor Elkins. person
associatedWith Widener Library (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith William L. Clements Library corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Edwin E. 1913- person
correspondedWith Williams, Samuel, 1743-1817 person
associatedWith Wilson, William Jerome, b. 1884. person
associatedWith Winship, George Parker, 1871-1952. person
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Academic libraries--Reference services
Archive automation
Libraries--Societies, etc
Library bookplates
Private libraries
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Libraries
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Academic libraries--Finance
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