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Oliver L. Riskin-Kutz

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Harvard Libraries Resumes Borrow Direct, Expands Scan and Deliver Services

The Harvard libraries will resume BorrowDirect services and expand the number of collections available for scan-and-deliver services and pick-up at Lamont Library, research librarians Anna Assogba and Fred Burchsted announced in a Friday email to students, staff, and faculty.

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums Will Remain Closed At Least Until Next Year

The Harvard Art Museums will remain closed through at least December 31, 2020, Museums Director Martha Tedeschi wrote in an email to “friends and colleagues” of the museums Wednesday.

Widener Library

Amid Protests and Pandemic, Harvard Libraries Collect Materials on ‘Black America and COVID-19’

The Harvard Libraries published a new library guide Monday that collects open-access materials documenting the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on Black Americans.

Harvard Art Museums

Square Businesses, Harvard Museums and Libraries Keep Doors Closed as Mass. Enters Phase Three of Reopening

As Massachusetts moved into the third phase of its reopening plan Monday, Harvard museums and libraries — as well as local fitness centers and movie theaters — are keeping their doors shut.

Widener Chats

Beginning First Phase of Reopening, Harvard Libraries Offer Some In-Person Book Pickups, Resume Scan and Deliver Services

The Harvard Library began providing in-person book pickup and resumed its scan and deliver services Tuesday as part of its first phase of reopening, librarians Anna Assogba and Fred Burchsted wrote in an email to Harvard affiliates Tuesday.

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Monks, Merchants, Samaritans, Spies: A Story About The Harvard Crimson, a Cambodian Temple, a Trappist Monastery, and a New Delhi Satellite City

Every article that has ever appeared in The Crimson’s pages, going back to the paper’s founding in 1873, is online — not scanned, but fully typed. Anyone who cares to look can find the results of the Harvard-Yale game of 1887, for example, simply by searching for it on The Crimson’s website. It took a concerted effort for those past editions to be put online. But nobody seemed to remember anymore exactly how or when that effort had taken place. Had it really been monks? No one could tell me.

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Commencement 2020

Living Through History: The University-Wide Effort to Preserve the Pandemic

Harvard projects aim to preserve stories and evidence of the historic pandemic for future generations.

Museum Closings

Harvard Semitic Museum Changes Name To Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

The Harvard Semitic Museum has changed its name to the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, the museum announced earlier this month.

Widener Library
Around Town

Treasure Hunting in the Harvard Libraries

OLRK takes you on a tour of the most prized possessions of the Harvard libararies.

Hitting the Books

Harvard Libraries Closed In-Person Services This Week. Here’s What You Need to Know About Doing Research This Semester.

In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, Harvard library locations closed all print services Monday, but some remote services and digital resources remain online. With the spring semester starting up again this Monday, here’s what you need to know about using Harvard’s libraries.

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Harvard Digitizes Colonial North America Archives

A decade-long project to digitize every 17th- and 18th- century manuscript and archive in Harvard’s collections relating to North America will be finished this semester, according to University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff.

Peabody Museum

Peabody Director Proposes Increasing Public Access to Slave Photos at Center of Lawsuit

The Faculty Executive Committee of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology will develop initiatives to increase public access to a set of historic photographs of enslaved people at the center of a lawsuit against Harvard, according to an email museum director Jane Pickering sent to the Committee.

City Hall
Harvard Square

Council Continues Debate Over Safety Improvements in Harvard Square

The Cambridge City Council debated measures to improve pedestrian safety in Harvard Square after testimony from the widower of a woman killed in a September crash.

University Hall

For Seventh Year in a Row, Harvard Fails to Meet PILOT Program Recommendation

Harvard’s contribution to the City of Boston in 2018 fell short of the amount of money the city requested from the University as part of a program in which some schools make contributions to the city instead of paying taxes.

MBTA Fare Hikes Event
City Politics

MBTA Proposes Fare Hikes To Start in Summer 2019

Cambridge residents discussed a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority proposal to raise fares for a range of public transportation options, including rail and bus services, by an average of 6.3 percent starting on July 1, 2019 at a public comment session Tuesday.