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This site is designed to provide information about the collections of the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University.  We also frequently post highlights from our collections on our Tumblr page. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Harvard University is home to the earliest history of art and architecture curriculum in the United States. Charles Eliot Norton was appointed Lecturer in Fine Arts in 1873 beginning a tradition of distinguished scholarship that flourished at Harvard and other American institutions and continues today. Collections that form the historical core of the Fine Arts Library were brought together by the Fogg Art Museum at its founding in 1895. During the 120 years that followed, the Library has grown to become one of the leading international art and architectural history research collections. Scholars and students from around the world have found an intellectual home among its staff and collections, now comprised of approximately 500,000 printed volumes and 3.2 million photographs and works on paper.

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  1. Margaret Bear

    This may be a bit of a long shot, but perhaps worth a try. I have recently been in touch with the Harvard Club of New York, regarding a gift that was given them in 1918 of a series of lithographs, called “Britains Efforts and Ideals,” by Cambridge University in UK, as a token of appreciation to the Harvard graduates who died in WW!. The archivist at HCNY has found mention of this gift in the Board’s minutes in 1918, so it is obvious they must have been received, but there appears to be no information as to their present whereabouts. I know this War series of lithographs were exhibited at various galleries in USA in 1918, and could well have been the same set given to HCNY. It is possible that some clue is offered in later years in the HCNY Board minutes, but I don’t think these have been searched. I suppose I should try to do this myself for absolute certainty, but I live in Vancouver, Canada, so it is not too easy to drop in. However, it has occurred to me that asking your Library might be a reasonalbe idea, and if that also draws a blank, would contacting the Hougton Library also be worth my doing?