Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

June 4, 2015

Cambridge Historical Commission: Open Archives – June 15 through June 18

Filed under: Cambridge — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 10:10 pm

New Spaces for Open Archives – June 15 through June 18

Open Archives 2015Cambridge Open Archives marks its seventh year during the week of June 15th. Visitors are invited to explore “New Acquisitions & Old Treasures” at eight local archives. Several new repositories will be open this year – the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection and the archives of three Harvard museums – and old favorites are returning.

Each afternoon or early evening, registered participants will be welcomed at two neighboring archives for behind-the-scenes tours. The paired sites are within easy walking distance of each other.

Opening the week on Monday, June 15, with tours from 4:00 to 6:00pm, will be archives at the Longfellow House-Washington’s HQ National Historic Site and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe.

Tuesday, June 16, from 3:00 to 5:00pm, two new sites just across Divinity Avenue from each other are featured – Harvard’s Peabody Museum and its Semitic Museum.

On Wednesday, June 17, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, tours will be offered at the Cambridge Public Library’s Cambridge Room and at an exciting new venue – the Harvard Art Museums, in the new facility opened only this past November.

Rounding up the week on Thursday, June 18, from 3:00 to 5:00pm, are two venues at MIT – the Institute Archives & Special Collections and the Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection.

Open Archives 2015

Open Archives is a free event, but visitors must register in advance, as space is extremely limited. To sign up, please email and specify day or days. Registrants will be contracted with tour details. Send general questions to the archives email, or call the Cambridge Historical Commission at 617-349-4683.

Flyer for event


  1. Are there Cambridge archival collections at Boston Public Library too?

    Comment by theszak — June 4, 2015 @ 11:50 pm

  2. I’m sure there are Cambridge-specific things to be found at the BPL and at other nearby libraries, but these are Cambridge tours.

    Comment by Robert Winters — June 5, 2015 @ 10:18 am

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