Answered By: Susan Halpert
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016     Views: 62

Unlike the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, Houghton is not a library devoted to genealogical research, but we may have some material of interest to you. 

You can use our on-line catalogs and finding-aids to see if there is material here that is pertinent to your research, following these search instructions:

Begin with the on-line catalog, HOLLIS. Choose the expanded search screen. Type in a name or a subject in the
first box, and click on the search button. (Using "anywhere" as the search term rather than "author" is a good way to find material by or addressed to that person in collections in which she or he is cataloged as a subject, and not just the main entry.) There are usually subject links at the end of the records; clicking on these subject links can be useful for finding other material in the same subject area.

If you are looking for a particular edition of a printed book, it's expedient to limit the search by date instead.

If you are searching for manuscript collections only, limit your search to Format = Manuscripts.

In descriptions of manuscript collections, there may be a link to a finding-aid in OASIS, the database for archival finding-aids.

If  you wish to order copies or visit the library to see material you have discovered in your search, please follow the instructions for registration on our website: http://hcl.harvard.edu/info/special_collections/#started

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