Take Note

An exploration of note-taking in Harvard University Collections


This exhibit forms part of a two-year project on the history and future of note-taking at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study led by Ann Blair and Leah Price, the Senior Advisors to the Humanities Program at the Institute. The project also included a workshop on new tools and methods for note-taking and a conference on the history and future of note-taking titled Take Note on November 1-2, 2012. The support of the Radcliffe Institute made this website and the conference and events leading up to it possible.

The exhibition was curated by Greg Afinogenov, Ann Blair and Leah Price. Many people were crucial to the success of this project. Tim Clark and his team at the Harvard Medical School, including Paolo Ciccarese and especially Stéphane Corlosquet, worked with Chris Akeley to create the infrastructure of the website. Robert Levers of Levers Advertising and Design created the design. We would have nothing to exhibit without the generous contributions of enthusiasm, time, and materials by curators, librarians, archivists in the Harvard collections. Their institutions are listed on the Contact page.

The Radcliffe Institute, Harvard’s institute for advanced study, is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Academic Ventures program at Radcliffe, through which the exhibit, workshop and conference were organized, fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public.