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Manuscripts and Records

Expeditions and Discoveries includes over 50,000 pages of digitized manuscript and archival materials, and nearly 2,800 digitized photographs, prints, and drawings. The manuscript and archival materials selected for Expeditions and Discoveries can be used for research, for the creation of class projects, or to illustrate secondary works.

Louis Agassiz Correspondence and Other Papers (MS Am 1419) (detail). Houghton Library, Harvard University

Louis Agassiz Correspondence and Other Papers (MS Am 1419) (detail). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


In most cases the items are drawn from larger collections at Harvard. Most of the digitized selections from collections contain a range of materials providing a broad context for understanding the subject.

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Please contact the owning library or repository listed in the catalog record for each item for additional information.

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