Our Theosophy collection includes handwritten letters and rare books related to Madame H.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was born in Russia and was one of the most influential writers in the occult world. In 1875, along with Henry Olcott and William Quan Judge, she founded the Theosophical Society to promote universal brotherhood, investigate laws of nature and latent human powers, and study comparative religion, philosophy, and science.
This digitized collection brings together letters and sermons including drafts of Channing’s sermon “Unitarian Christianity.” The widely published sermon laid out Channing’s theological vision and spurred much debate.
William Ellery Channing (1780-1842), graduated from Harvard College in 1798. As a member of the board of...
The library is openregular hoursduring the renovation. To accommodate the construction, we made a few changes inside the building. Following are details to help you organize your work for minimal disruption:
Temporary Entrance: For the duration of construction, our entrance is directly across from Vanserg Hall off the Francis Avenue parking lot. See Directions,...
Due to a large construction project at HDS, the library has a new temporary entrance. The new entrance is located on the parking lot side (south side) of Andover Hall. It is across from Vanserg Building and the bike shelter. There is a ramp for wheelchair accessibility. Please have your Harvard ID to gain entrance into the library. Guests will still be able to sign-in with a photograph ID.
Opening December 5, our new exhibit is curated by Freshman Seminar 43D: Christianity and Slavery in America, 1619-1865 taught by Professor Catherine Brekus. On display will be original materials from our Special Collections, as well as reproductions from materials held at other Harvard libraries.
At the reception, 4:30-6:00 on the 2nd floor of the library, the student curators will be on hand to discuss their selections, and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College will perform, 5:00-5:30.
The exhibit will remain on display until March 15, 2019...
Andover-Harvard Theological Library warmly invites you to come Meet the Special Collections! Drop by and get an up-close look at select items from the library’s Special Collections. Meet the curators, ask questions, make a pamphlet, or simply enjoy a sampling of unique and fascinating research materials from the 13th to the 20th century!
The story of the Unitarian mission to Japan started in the late 19th century, when representatives of the American Unitarian Association were invited by one of the leading intellectuals of the time, Fukuzawa Yukichi. This presence on Japanese soil led to an enthusiastic reception from the elite—to the point of becoming a fad—as large segments of the population were dreaming of making Japan the first cosmopolitan nation of Asia.