Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2017     Views: 111

Manuscripts are held by many archives and libraries at Harvard, although Houghton, Schlesinger and the Harvard University Archives have the largest collections. While no one source completely describes Harvard's holdings of manuscripts and letters, the HOLLIS catalog is the best place to start.  Collection-level (summary) descriptions of manuscript collections can be found there, as well as records for thousands of single manuscript items.  Some Hollis records include links to online versions of items or to Oasis inventories.  (See OASIS below.)  Be sure and limit your HOLLIS searches to manuscripts. 

You can search detailed inventories of many manuscript collections in OASIS (Online Archival Search Information System). 

Additional finding aids and catalogs are often available only on-site. If you have trouble locating the materials you seek, please contact the specific library or archive directly.

For additional information about finding archives/manuscripts, please consult this Research Guide.

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