The Baker Library Historical Collections reference staff offers general and specific information on the collections and services of the Historical Collections Department, as well as assistance in effectively using the guides and finding aids to the collections. Certain research services will incur a fee.
Please use the Reference Request Form for all initial inquiries.
If you are unable to visit Baker Library Historical Collections to work with material in person, we recommend that you hire a research assistant to do so for you. To hire a student researcher, contact Harvard Student Resources at 617-495-3033 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Baker Library Historical Collections cannot attest to the quality of any particular researcher. Research assistants will need to register as proxies and be able to provide information about your research topic and intended output (article, book, dissertation, etc.).
Research Services for the R.G. Dun & Co. Collection
Baker Library Historical Collections reference staff will conduct limited searches for business or individual names in the R.G. Dun & Co. index volumes for projects that generally qualify for in-person access to Historical Collections materials. There is a fee for this service. Search results will include the Dun volumes and page numbers, but reference staff cannot provide transcription services for the R.G. Dun & Co. Collection. More information about this service.
Research Services for the Historic Corporate Reports Collection
Historical Collections staff can conducted limited searches in an in-house electronic database. More extensive searches (more than 10 company names) can be done for a fee. More information about this service..