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The Berenson Library plays a vital role in I Tatti’s mission to advance scholarship in Italian Renaissance studies. Its rich collections of books and periodicals, photographs and digital images, manuscripts and recordings offer comprehensive interdisciplinary resources for the study of late medieval and early modern Italy, and include coverage of related fields such as classical and medieval studies, cultures around the Mediterranean, and Renaissance Europe and beyond. Its archival collections open unique windows onto the lives of the Berensons and other individuals or the activities of institutions, as well as many other aspects of twentieth-century culture, art criticism, and collecting. As part of Harvard Library the Biblioteca Berenson also provides access via the Internet to a vast range of online journals and other electronic resources. An invaluable point of reference for I Tatti's scholarly community, the library also welcomes other Harvard affiliates, local researchers, and visiting scholars from around the world.

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Photo Archive Closed

The Berenson Photo Archive will be closed  for renovations from July 7 until Sept. 15. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  The archive's cataloged holdings may be viewed in Harvard Library's VIA catalog. For additional information, please contact the photo archive staff.


New Library Exhibit: "BB with Family and Friends: Photos from the Archive"

A Digital Home for Homeless Artworks, in collaboration with metaLAB (at) Harvard

Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance project now complete

Music Library Acquires Fifteen Rare Canto Partbooks

Biblioteca Berenson Receives the Correspondence of William Mostyn-Owen

Loeser Diaries Donated to the Berenson Library

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