Answered By: Archives Reference Staff
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017     Views: 485

From March 2012 forward, public access to Harvard PhD dissertations is provided through DASH (Harvard’s central open-access repository) and HOLLIS.

To find a dissertation using HOLLIS, start with a keyword search for author, title or subject or see here for more advanced search options.

  • The HOLLIS record will contain a link to the dissertation in DASH, if available.
  • If the HOLLIS record indicates that a copy of the dissertation is held by the Harvard University Archives, researchers have two options:


  • Some dissertations are embargoed (restricted from access) for a period of time.
  • The University Archives does NOT have print copies of PhD dissertations submitted from March 2012 forward available for research use.
  • Dissertations submitted from 1981 forward may also be available online through ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text (Harvard PIN required for free access.)