Answered By: Archives Reference Staff
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2021     Views: 1861

How do I find an undergraduate honors thesis?

  • Most theses held by the Archives are cataloged in HOLLIS
  • Search by author, title, keyword, name of academic department and/or date with the phrase “honors theses”
  • As an example, you can consider trying a key word search in combination with the following words:
    • honors theses” economics
    • honors theses” “social studies” 2015
  • Examples of call numbers: HU 92.2010.50 or Accession 19419 or Accession 2016.437

How to request digital scans or reading room access to theses:

You will need to create an online account in the HOLLIS Special Request system to submit requests for reading room use or digital scanning. After you create an account, you may submit your request as either Request for Reading Room or Request for Photoduplication.

As you complete the HOLLIS SPECIAL REQUEST/online order form, please be sure to include the following information in the following fields to expedite the request.

  • Library: Harvard University Archives
  • Title
  • Author
  • Call number: (e.g. HU 90.5459.2

Please be sure to complete an individual request form for each unique title and call number.

University policy prohibits any photocopying of theses completed by Harvard students for five years after publication.

Please note that retrievals of theses from off-site storage can take up to two business days. For reading room or scan requests, you can check your HOLLIS Special Request account to monitor the status of your request.

Imaging Services currently charges a flat rate of $135 to scan and deliver copies of Harvard theses for reference use. If a digital version of the thesis or dissertation already exists (and scanning is not necessary to produce a copy), Imaging Services only will charge a $30 fee to download a copy.

When you submit the online order form, Imaging Services staff will reply with cost and delivery information.