This site is designed to provide information about the collections of the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University. We also frequently post highlights from our collections on our Tumblr page. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Harvard University is home to the earliest history of art and architecture curriculum in the United States. Charles Eliot Norton was appointed Lecturer in Fine Arts in 1873 beginning a tradition of distinguished scholarship that flourished at Harvard and other American institutions and continues today. Collections that form the historical core of the Fine Arts Library were brought together by the Fogg Art Museum at its founding in 1895. During the 120 years that followed, the Library has grown to become one of the leading international art and architectural history research collections. Scholars and students from around the world have found an intellectual home among its staff and collections, now comprised of approximately 500,000 printed volumes and 3.2 million photographs and works on paper.