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Renovations Complete for the Harvard University Archives

The summer of 2002 brought a long-awaited renovation to the Harvard University Archives located since 1976 in Pusey Library. During its quarter-century in residence in Pusey, the Archives established a records management program, expanded its staff, and experienced a significant increase in patrons served. These changes, significant in themselves, are all linked to a new age of automation in the Archives. "During the past decade, in particular, automation has changed the way we work and the kind of facility needed to support it," notes University Archivist Harley Holden. From the outset, the goal of the renovation was to update existing space in Pusey to ensure maximum delivery of services to patrons.

Planning for the renovation began late in 2001, with Paul Bellenoit (director of facilities management for the College Library) serving as project manager and Anthony Merlino (HCL's assistant director for facilities renovation) as site supervisor. Work began immediately after Commencement 2002 and was completed in mid-September. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the construction crew, who kept noise and dust to a minimum, and the patience of summer researchers, the Archives remained open throughout the project.

The results of the renovation are clear: a reading room with better work space for patrons and better security, a main desk designed for reference work as well as circulation, plenty of data jacks and electrical outlets, and better work space for staff. In closing, Holden commented, "We are pleased that the renovation will enable us to accomplish what we need to do more easily and with greater efficiency."

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