The de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room is open to current Harvard students, staff, and faculty. 

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At this time, the Reading Room is not open to visiting researchers, but we remain committed to assisting all of our users. Please reach out to us at so we can work together to meet your research needs. 

  • Provide in-depth reference via email, phone, or web conference to determine the scope of your research project and evaluate how staff can best meet your needs remotely
  • Direct you to relevant digital resources and newly available collections
  • Schedule remote access to microfilm collections
  • Assist you in planning future research visits or reproduction requests

From its inception, Baker Library has collected rare and unique materials that focus on the evolution of business and industry. The collections span eight centuries beginning in the late 1300s to the present day and include corporate archives, manuscripts, account ledgers, rare books, broadsides, photographs, films, electronic records, and company annual reports. The HBS Archives are a vital resource as well. These rich and varied collections support research in a remarkably diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social, and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology. Baker Library is committed to strengthening our contemporary archives to better understand the important theories, organizations, and individuals that have shaped the global business world today.

Collections are available for use in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room on the first floor of Baker Library | Bloomberg Center. Skilled business archivists are eager to assist users both on campus and virtually.