Harvard’s Social Museum on WBUR


Hear curator Michelle Lamunière discuss Harvard’s Social Museum in this Radio Boston story.

Harvard’s Social Museum was established in 1903 by Francis Greenwood Peabody to “collect the social experience of the world as material for university teaching.” The collection includes photographs and other documentation of social conditions and institutions in America and abroad during the first three decades of the 20th century.

Discover the Social Museum through the publication Instituting Reform: The Social Museum of Harvard University, 1903–1931, co-authored by Michelle, and our Social Museum research tool, which provides a searchable database of more than 6,000 photographs and graphic illustrations that survive from the collection, now held by the Harvard Art Museums.

Image: Display Room, Social Museum, Emerson Hall, Harvard University, c. 1910, Harvard University Archives, UAV 800.150.5p.