Access Restrictions for the HBS Archives Collection
Published Archival Materials
Access to many HBS official publications is restricted to use only by members of the HBS or Harvard University community unless special permission from appropriate University officials has been obtained.
HBS serial publications are produced for each academic class. These publications contain personal information about HBS students or alumni/ae and are restricted to use by members of the specific class or their immediate families unless special permission from appropriate University officials has been obtained.
Researchers should contact Historical Collections reference staff for information on possible access restrictions to the specific titles they need to use for their research.
Access to faculty paper collections is governed by individual donation agreements with faculty members and/or their estates. HBS faculty papers often include materials that are considered official University Records and as such are restricted from access for fifty-years unless special permission from appropriate University officials has been obtained. Such restrictions are identified in the collection finding aids.
HBS University Records
Fifty Year Restriction
Harvard University regulations require a fifty-year access restriction on all University administrative records without special permission from appropriate University officials.
Specific restrictions may have been applied to certain University records at the time of transfer.
All collections are reviewed before access is allowed, and other restrictions can be applied at the discretion of the Historical Collections Department based on preservation and privacy issues.