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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1325 May 2005

Harvard University Library Notes / November 2005 / No. 1328

Exploring the South Sea Bubble at Baker Library

In the exhibit "Life in the Bubble: Navigating the South Sea" at the Harvard Business School's Baker Library, visitors can explore what life was like during the South Sea Bubble Crisis of 1720, one of the most infamous speculation disasters of all time. An accompanying online guide, Sunk in Lucre's Sordid Charms: South Sea Bubble Resources in the Kress Collection at Baker Library, is available at http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/ssb. The exhibit features a remarkable range of materials, including financial documents, plays, poetry, sheet music, and lavish satirical engravings.

A complex network of intersecting financial, legal, political, and cultural factors all contributed to the development of the South Sea Bubble, the eventual collapse of the South Sea Company in 1720, and the financial ruin left in its wake. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines have come to use Baker's resources to investigate the legacy of the bubble.

The exhibit will be on display in the Baker Library lobby until January 29. For more information, contact Historical Collections at 5-6411 or histcollref@hbs.edu.


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