Take Note

An exploration of note-taking in Harvard University Collections


There are many paths through these varied materials: you could follow the evolution of a particular note-taking medium, or trace notes taken within a single discipline, or look at notes taken collaboratively across the ages. The itineraries below have been mapped out by the exhibit's curators as well as other scholars interested in note-taking.

On Writing in Books

David M. Levy

The Fragment and the Whole

Tiffany Stern

Knowledge in Motion

David D. Hall

Science in Notes

Alex Csiszar

Musical Notes

Evan A. McCarthy

Making Pictorial Notes

Susan Dackerman

The Note-Taking Self

Lisa Gitelman

Notes in the Classroom

Ann Blair

Writers Reading, Readers Writing

Leah Price

Notes and Philosophy

Greg Afinogenov