The Russian Revolution: Actors and Witnesses in Harvard Library Collections

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Taking down a monument to Tsar Alexander III in Moscow

Houghton Library, Lowell Room, 15 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

Open Hours: Mon. & Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tue.–Thu. 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

The Russian Revolution has been called the most momentous event of the twentieth century. Traces of the experience of many of the Revolution’s famed actors, witnesses, and opponents survive in Harvard Library collections. To mark the its centennial, Houghton Library presents an exhibit showcasing the most striking of these original documents, assembled from Houghton's holdings as well as those of the Fine Arts Library and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Collection. Items on display include handwritten notes by Lenin, Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication manifesto, and photographs and manuscripts of journalist John Reed, author of Ten Days that Shook the World. Together, these artifacts tell the story of the Revolution's leaders, their opponents, the thousands of ordinary people they mobilized, and the American expatriates who witnessed these events at close range.

Free and open to the public.

Houghton's front door is accessible via a short flight of steps up from the level of Quincy Street. For wheelchair access, please contact Public Services at 617-495-2440 to make an appointment.

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Houghton Library, and the Slavic Division of Widener Library.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.