Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: Widener Library manuscripts

Widener Library manuscripts

Manuscripts, both single codices and collections, that were transferred from the Treasure Room in Widener Library to Houghton Library in 1942. They have traditionally been called the "Old Widener" collections.

Dates

  • 1553-1936

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Extent

1 collection

The Widener Library manuscripts, both single codices and collections, were transferred from the Treasure Room to Houghton Library in 1942. They have traditionally been called the "Old Widener" collections. As time and resources permit, they are being recataloged [the first stage of this recataloging was completed in December 2006]. While those with call numbers beginning MS (e.g. MS Pers 14) will retain those numbers, those with Widener classifications (e.g. 27271.37*) will be reclassified into the Houghton manuscript classes. As items and collections are recataloged, they will be deleted from the finding aid for this "collection."

The following four finding aids comprise all materials transferred from the Treasure Room to Houghton Library in 1942, but not yet fully cataloged as of January 2007:
There remains a card file for all these materials that duplicates these four finding aids. This card file is housed in the Houghton Reading Room. Cards for materials that have been fully cataloged have been discarded.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

All this material was transferred from Widener Library to Houghton Library. In some cases, specific donor information is listed with the item.

Processing Information

Much of this material still has the old Widener Library call numbers. As this material is recataloged by the Houghton staff into new classification numbers, the item will be deleted from this list and will be found in other discovery systems such as Hollis.
Link to catalog
Title
Widener Library manuscripts: Index.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
EAD ID
hou01481

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.

Contact:
Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2440