Gutman's Special Collections, spanning two centuries, offer rich and varied resources for studying the history of schooling and learning in America.
Special Collections may be consulted by appointment Monday, Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by special arrangement. Individuals interested in consulting any of the collections should e-mail, call, or write to us in advance to schedule an appointment for their research. Contact Information.
Visit a new exhibit, "From Crayons to Calligraphy: An Exhibition of Japanese Student Artwork, 1949-1951," in Gutman Library's Special Collections (Gutman, lower level) on display through December 2016. The exhibit showcases a small segment of the several hundred pieces of artwork Gutman Library received as part of the Francis J. Daly Japanese Student Artwork collection, donated in 2014. The pieces in this exhibit depict aspects of life in Japan ranging from local landscapes to festival celebrations. Japanese elementary, middle and high school students of varying genders and geographic locations contributed to this collection of artwork that includes embroidery, origami, batique, carved wood objects, drawings, and paintings. Learn more about the current exhibit.
Special Collections include:
- Historical Textbooks Collection
- Public School Reports
- Private School Catalogs
- History of Education and Teacher Training Collection
- Action for Children's Television Collection
- Other manuscript and book collections
We also maintain a small non-circulating collection of publications documenting the history and programs of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.