Where in Widener Special Edition
Check out this amazing article from yesterday’s Harvard Gazette in honor of Harry Elkins Widener and his rare books collection. This collection is housed in the heart of Widener and is curated by our colleagues at the Houghton Library.
There are many tales surrounding Widener Library that have become part of Harvard student lore. According to these legends Mrs. Widener requested that the building never be altered, fresh flowers be delivered to Harry’s room every day, that Harvard students must pass a swim test to graduate, and that Harry’s favorite dessert, ice cream, be served in the dining halls.
Only two of these legends are true. One stipulation of Mrs. Widener’s original bequest is that we cannot change the exterior of the building. Fresh flowers are also delivered to Harry’s Memorial Room, but only once a week. You can learn more about Harry’s collection with this online exhibit.
Image courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell, from the Harvard Gazette.