Entries Tagged as 'Houghton Library 75 Years'

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 […]