Harvard Depository

Harvard University's large-scale storage facility for books, documents, and special media .

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"You could destroy all the other Harvard buildings and, with Widener left standing, still have a university." —G. L. Kittredge

Widener Library

Centerpiece of the Harvard College Libraries and, more broadly, of the entire Harvard Library system.

Centerpiece of the Harvard College Libraries and, more broadly, of the entire Harvard Library system.

"You could destroy all the other Harvard buildings and, with Widener left standing, still have a university." —G. L. Kittredge
Widener Library's predecessor, Gore Hall
Harry Elkins Widener
Two electric trucks removed Gore Hall's books for storage during Widener's construction.
Second floor plan (north at bottom)
Gabriel Ferrier's portrait of Harry Widener hangs in the Memorial Rooms.
The original catalog room,
Catalog card. In the "Harvard system", C denotes Church History and Theology.
Bookplate placed in 2504 books
"Now I will tell you a secret ... I wish it was for me but it is not."
One of the two from Gore Hall, which now flank Widener's rear entrance

prompting construction of Pusey, and in the early 1980s library officials "pushed the panic button" again, leading to the construction of the Harvard Depository.)

Chronology of the universe as deduced by the prevailing Big Bang theory, a result from science and obtained knowledge

Sidney Verba

American political scientist, librarian and library administrator.

American political scientist, librarian and library administrator.

Chronology of the universe as deduced by the prevailing Big Bang theory, a result from science and obtained knowledge

HUL's "Harvard Depository" (HD) -- a "sophisticated way" of addressing the problem of needing to send books off campus.

A film crew in the mid 20th century

Joan Jefferson Farjeon

English scenographer and costume designer.

English scenographer and costume designer.

A film crew in the mid 20th century

Along with a collection of her costume and set designs and notebooks relating to her work in Nicolas Stuart Gray productions contained in the University of Bristol, the Harvard Depository of the Harvard Library holds some of Farjeon's personal papers and objects connected to her.

Library of Trinity College Dublin, established in 1592

Collective collection

A collective collection, also known as a shared print program, involves mostly academic or research libraries collaborating to retain, develop, and provide access to their physical collections.

A collective collection, also known as a shared print program, involves mostly academic or research libraries collaborating to retain, develop, and provide access to their physical collections.

Library of Trinity College Dublin, established in 1592

In many cases this shared shelving facility is a high-density preservation facility built according to the Harvard model, featuring rigorous temperature and climate controls to facilitate preservation of materials, along with elevated stacks and special shelving methods to maximize storage efficiency.