Harvard in the 17th and 18th Centuries is an online guide to thousands of items—diaries, commonplace books, correspondence, legal documents, University records, drawings, maps, student notebooks, scientific observations, and lecture notes—that form the documentary history of Harvard and serve as one of the great social history collections on the evolving United States. Together, these materials provide insight into the material culture of colonial life, the legal and social concerns of citizens, the costs of goods and services, the books that influenced thought and education, and myriad other aspects of the material and intellectual life in New England.

From the cost of food and drink to the impact of the American Revolution, from a unique record of earthquakes in New England to smallpox outbreaks in Boston, Cambridge, and beyond, scholars with a wide range of interests will discover that the Harvard University Archives offers a wealth of 17th- and 18th-century resources. In addition to detailed records on these holdings, researchers will find that more than 13,000 pages from these holdings have been digitized and are available online.

Harvard in the 17th and 18th Centuries is made possible with generous support from Arcadia and from the Sidney Verba Fund.