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2007 Digital Archives Project

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For nearly a century, detailed records for all research and forestry operations on the Harvard Forest properties have been maintained in the form of extensive research files, maps, photographs, and other materials. This information allows researchers to interpret the landscape history of research sites, and analyze how past natural and anthropogenic factors influence current ecological patterns. The Harvard Forest is the best documented research forest in the world and is an irreplaceable asset.

In 2007, Harvard University's Library Digital Initiative (LDI) provided funding to digitize a number of these archival materials.

Materials digitized include:

  • Image Resources
    • 1000 digitally born high resolution images
    • 175 historical black and white photographic prints
    • 150 Lantern and 35mm slides
  • Paper Resources
    • 33,000 pages of stand records and forest inventory from original paper resources.  A complete finding aid for these papers is now available. 
  • Cataloging Resources
    • a searchable metadata catalog for all research records stored in the archives.