Our Collections

The Property Information Resource Center holds a wide variety of archival documentation however, due to the sensitive nature of these materials, access is typically restricted to Harvard University affiliates only and to consultants actively engaged on Harvard University capital projects.

Patrons must complete a reference request form and return it via email in order to use our collection.

If you are a student or other external researcher please read our guidelines regarding access.

You can search the following collections via our on-line catalog:

The Architectural & Technical Drawings collection (ca. 1840- present) documents the design, construction and subsequent renovations of Harvard University’s built environment. The bulk of this collection dates from the twentieth century.

Additionally, chronological collection indices are available for all buildings; please contact us if you are having difficulty locating the materials you need or you would like to request a drawing index.

The Maps, Surveys & Infrastructure collection (ca.1895 - present) documents the Harvard University environment, focusing on Cambridge, Allston, and the Longwood Medical Area. This collection includes base maps, utility maps, historic maps, land surveys, site plans, campus infrastructure drawings, and zoning maps.

The Deeds & Site Files collection includes deeds, easements, and mortgage agreements for Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, but also includes other communities where Harvard owns land. Additionally, this collection documents the essential elements of the property acquisition and property history, often including the corporate vote; correspondence regarding acquisition; building history; newspaper clippings related to the property; closing binder; offer; purchase and sale; and leases.

The Photographs collection comprises aerial and oblique views of Cambridge and Boston, as well as relevant portions of neighboring communities. Exterior building photos and details of architectural elements are also available.

The Related Project Documentation collection includes specifications, operations and maintenance manuals, reports, contracts and permits, and BIM for Harvard University capital-level construction projects.

The Subsurface Soil Data collection is comprised of geotechnical reports related to Harvard University properties.