How can I locate a Harvard undergraduate thesis?

Harvard University Library collects some, but not all, undergraduate theses. All of those that are retained by the library are listed in HOLLIS.

What undergraduate theses are retained by the library, and where? Are they digitized? 

  • The library retains in particular honors undergraduate theses and essays (e.g., Hoopes, Bowdoin Prize winners).
  • Most are not digitized, although the Hoopes and Bowdoin from 2020 forward are digitized and available to read in HOLLIS (no download).
  • All undergraduates are eligible to submit their theses to DASH, so it may be worth searching there.

How can I find print copies from before 2020?

  • Copies of the most recent two years of Hoopes Prizewinners are kept near the New Books Shelf in Lamont for your perusal.
  • Any undergrad theses or papers held by the library pre-2020 are kept in the Harvard University Archives.

Notes on searching HOLLIS:

  • The paper will come up as part of a collection, like "Hoopes Prize Papers 2011-12"
  • If you know the exact title or author of a thesis, use the standard search box.
  • If you are looking for all undergraduate honors theses from a particular department, use Advanced Search keyword (e.g. classicsmusicsociology) and "honors thesis Harvard."
  • Add a year date to your keywords if you are looking for theses from a particular year.

More information:

For a list of prize winners by year, including Hoopes Prize winners, see here

For more on access to Hoopes Prize winners, see Harvard University Archives' "How do I find a Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize Paper?"

For more on access to Bowdoin Prize winners, see HUA's "How do I find copies of Bowdoin Prize essays from past years? 

For Harvard graduate theses and Bowdoin Prize papers, see How can I find a Harvard thesis or dissertation?

For theses & dissertations beyond Harvard, see How can I find theses and dissertations

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