Take Note

An exploration of note-taking in Harvard University Collections

Interactive Exhibition

Machine as note-taker
1927-1928

Harvard Medical School

“A notebook used in Brazil"
1865

Brazil

Page 41
An indignant reader
1744

London, England

A suffragist's reading notes
1837

Boston, MA

Notes without words
1905-1949

Harvard University

Price list on potsherd
(ca.) 200-300

Elephantine, Egypt

Found in the garbage dump
(ca.) 275-399

Oxyrhynchus, Egypt

Logbook for reel-to-reel recording
1960

Patmos, Greece

Thought and color
1897

Paris, France

Births, deaths and inoculations
1772

Oxford, England;
Harvard Medical School

Page 232
Changing the voice
1907

Paris, France

Notes on notes
1878-1880

Harvard University

The first medical treatise printed in Hebrew
1463

Naples, Italy

Thomas Gray reads Linnaeus
1759-1762

Cambridge, England

How a sixteenth-century student took notes
1542-67

Paris, France

How to notate dance?
1903

St. Petersburg, Russia

Reading notes with date
1572

London, England

From field notes to film
1951-1952

Baluchistan, Iran

The terraqueous globe in respect to heat
1782

Boston, MA

Sermons in shorthand
1720-1732

Harvard University

A living note
1846-1850

New York, NY; Salem, MA

A "Female Reading Society"
1812-1825

Charlestown, MA

Page 16
File under "Murder"
1584

London, England

Page 88
Putting a price on art
1914

Berlin, Germany

A looseleaf notebook
1891

Harvard Medical School

Carlyle scribbles on his sources
1846

Berlin, Germany

Healing chants
1450 (ca.)

Nuremberg, Germany

Dodge Class Notes 1
Doodles and depositions
1868-1869

Harvard Law School

A reusable notebook
1581

London, England

"Oral instruction in the arts of falconry"
1328-1709

Japan

The Education of Shunsuke Tsurumi
1935-1942

Tokyo, Japan;
Harvard University

Keeping tabs on Bach
1860 (ca.)

Leipzig, Germany

Page 330
Prompts for a new stagecraft
1893-1964

United Kingdom

Singular opinions
1838

Concord, MA

"Falconry illustrated"
1328-1709

Japan

Tinned or canned?
1956-1958

London, England;
New York, NY

Precepts put into practice
1822-1840

Harvard University

Taking notes on writer's palsy
1866-1867

Harvard Medical School

Bookplate
Interleaving for notetaking
1751

Leiden, Netherlands

Insincere rot?
1922-1923

Harvard University

Word and image
1909-1910 (ca.)

Florence, Italy

Notebook page
Marital collaboration
1932

Marāgha, Iran

Did Melville read it?
1839

London, England

Composing in the 1980s
1985 (ca.)

New York, NY

Album page
Cave paintings in China
1920s

Wanfo Xia, China

The cost of a Harvard education
1755-1778

Harvard University

Passing the censor
1549

Valladolid, Spain

Jamaican flowers
1906

Jamaica

Using math to learn science
1782

Harvard University

From one author to another
1887-1906

Boston, MA; New York, NY

Self indexing
1687

Boston, MA

Bad day again
1914

London, England;
Rye, England

Work and practice
1905-1949

Harvard University

Using scrap paper
1781-1803 (ca.)

Harvard University

Glosses in Greek
1875-1889

Leipzig, Germany;
Cambridge, MA

"The great work of indexing"
1841

Boston, MA

Finding what you're looking for
1953

New York, NY

Doodling, copying, penmanship
1442

Oxford, England

The future of Harvard in 1700
1700

Harvard University

Guiding the reader
1150-1175 (ca.)

Admont, Austria

Drawing as a language
1905-1949

Harvard University

A book designed to be written in
1882-1887

Leipzig, Germany;
Ithaca, NY

Hebrew notes in an Italian compendium
1380 (ca.)

Italy

A page meant to be shared
1200 (ca.)

Western Germany

Pages 492-493
The Education of Shunsuke Tsurumi
1938-1942

Tokyo, Japan;
Harvard University

What is taught and what is learned
1905-1949

Harvard University

Collecting in the field
1860-1862

Harvard University

Page 98, verso
Multicolored margins
1380 (ca.)

Great Britain

At the first view of dissections
1783-1785

Harvard Medical School

Page 28
Slavish imitation
1946 (ca.)

London, England;
New York, NY

The ultimate piece of office furniture
1640s-1689

London, England;
Hamburg, Germany

A solution to the cost of textbooks
1729

Harvard University

A philosopher's day job
1821-1854

Concord, MA