Houghton Library is Harvard University's central repository for rare books, manuscripts, and archival collections. Its extensive holdings of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts (a number of which have been digitized in recent years) offer scholars outstanding opportunities for studying the European Middle Ages. In addition, the Houghton Library contains a strong and growing collection of Arabic, Indic, Persian, and Syriac materials.
Since 2005, the Committee on Medieval Studies and Houghton Library have collaborated on a series of lectures and workshops on early book history, bringing internationally-renowned scholars to share their research on medieval and early modern book production, and to introduce the Harvard community to Houghton's rich and diverse collections of manuscripts and early printed books. A list of previous Houghton-Medieval Studies Lectures and Workshops in Early Book History can be found here.