Entries Tagged as 'Houghton Library 75 Years'

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Join Us for Houghton Library’s 75th Anniversary Symposium: Who Cares?

October 5-6, 2017 Cambridge, Massachusetts Free to register The symposium is limited to 200 participants to encourage productive and dynamic dialogue in a more intimate setting. We expect demand to exceed our supply of seats, so please register early to secure your spot. This year Houghton Library, Harvard College’s primary rare books and manuscripts library, […]

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Open House 75: Houghton Library Staff Select

The 75th anniversary of Houghton Library has provided an occasion to reflect on the library’s founding and history, to connect with friends and supporters old and new, and to consider the challenges and opportunities that will shape our future.   Throughout our 75th year, we have carried out a series of events, publications, and other […]

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Julian I. Edison in Memoriam

Houghton Library is saddened to learn that Julian I. Edison (AB ’51, MBA ’53) of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. With Mr. Edison’s death, both Houghton and Harvard University have lost one of their most distinguished and generous supporters. Julian was the former CEO and chairman of Edison Brothers Stores, […]

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Houghton Library, Now in Convenient Book Form

Houghton Library turned 75 this year, and as part of the anniversary celebrations we’ve just published a collection of some of our rarest, most beautiful, and most significant books, manuscripts, and objects, entitled Houghton Library at 75: A Celebration of Its Collections. “We are proud to release this publication as part of a series of […]

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

“A Harbinger of Those Peaceful Times to Come”: A Gift from the People of Great Britain

The brief ceremony that marked the opening of Houghton Library on 28 February 1942 took place only months after the United States had entered World War II following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Professor Charles K. Webster of the University of London was one of three speakers along with Harvard University President James Conant […]

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Houghton75 Podcast

We’re happy to announce a new way of learning about the Houghton Library collections and the people that use them. The Houghton75 podcast! Houghton75 will present different voices and perspectives on Houghton Library in its seventy-fifth year. The series kicks off with Harvard faculty members sharing their thoughts on the collection item they chose for […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

“Fuel for the fire of learning”: Houghton Library Opens its Doors

On this day seventy-five years ago, 3 January 1942, library staff and their families attended a private celebration to mark the opening of the new Houghton Library. As the Second World War raged in two theaters, William A. Jackson, the new Library’s first director, and Philip Hofer, the founding curator of its Department of Printing […]