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COLLECTION — Multiple Containers Identifier: 2000M-77

Houghton Library collection of medals and seals

Scope and Contents

Over 1000 medals, seals, and coins, with a small amount of correspondence, and a clock, dating from the 13th to the 20th centuries from many countries and in many languages.


  • 1212-1949 and undated


Language of Materials

Text on medals is in Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Prussian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, and Turkish. Some material in Arabic or Cyrillic script.

Conditions Governing Access

Access requires permission of curator.


6.25 linear feet (6 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Part of the "Widener Find", items found in the vault within the Widener Memorial Rooms in summer 2000 and transferred to the Houghton Library for evaluation. This collection was number 17 on an old list. Medals and seals were apparently presented to Harvard University and/or the Harvard Library over many years.


Unprocessed. For internal file for summary of box contents and spreadsheet on groups drive, consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location


Other Finding Aids

For internal file summary of box contents and spreadsheets on groups drive, consult Houghton staff.

Ownership and Custodial History

Transfer from Widener Memorial Rooms, Harvard College Library, 2000.

Related Archival Materials

Harvard-related medals were transferred to the Harvard University Archives.

Processing Information

Processing Information Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Melanie Wisner, 2020.

Link to catalog


Houghton Library collection of medals and seals, 1212-1949 and undated (2000M-77): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 November 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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