Harvard University Thesis Dissertation

HLS has many endowed prizes for student papers and essays. Details for each are listed in the Harvard Law School Catalog. Prize winners are announced each year in the commencement pamphlet and mentioned annually in the Harvard Law Bulletin, the alumni magazine and on the law school web page. The Library has not specifically collected prize papers over the years but has added copies when possible. When the Library is made aware of the fact that a paper in the collection is a prize recipient, a note indicating that status is sometimes added to the HOLLIS record for that paper. If you are looking for papers that won a particular prize, search Hollis for the name of the prize. Note that although prizes may be eligible for yearly awards, they are not always awarded yearly.

See Writing Prizes for links to lists of prizes and recipients back to 2008/2009 

Harvard Law School Prize Essays (1850-1868) This is a collection of handwritten prize essays covering a wide array of topics studied at that time, such as torts, domestic relations, property, admiralty, partnership, common law, and pleading. See the finding aid for a full description of this collection.

Addison Brown Prize Awarded annually or biannually for the best student essay on a subject related to private international law or maritime law. Browse those papers held by the Library designated as recipients

Victor Brudney Prize This prize was established by the Program on Corporate Governance in honor of Professor Victor Brudney, Robert B. and Candice J. Haas Professor in Corporate Finance Law, Emeritus. This prize may be awarded annually to the best student paper on a topic related to corporate governance. Papers receiving this award also appear at http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/olin_center/corporate_governance/prizes.shtml. Browse those papers held by the Library designated as recipients.

Irving Oberman Memorial Award Awarded annually for the best student essays on a specified, current legal subjects. See the appropriate HLS Catalog for the annual topics. Browse those papers held by the Library designated as recipients.

John Gallup Laylin Prize Awarded annually to the best student paper in the field of public international law. Browse those papers held by the Library designated as recipients.

Mancini Prize Awarded annually to the best student essay in the field of European Union law. Browse those papers held by the Library designated as recipients.

Sidney I. Roberts Prize Awarded annually to the best student paper in the field of taxation. Victor Brudney Prize Awarded annually to the best student paper on a topic related to corporate governance.

Yong K. Kim Memorial Prize Awarded to the best student paper on the law or legal history of East Asia or legal issues surrounding U.S.-East Asia relations.

There are some student papers in our institutional repository DASH. Whenever possible, information about the paper (e.g. prizes won, courses for which the paper was written, etc.) has been included for keyword searching.

Harvard affiliates with HarvardKeys can access the full text of most Harvard PhD theses since 1990 from the database Dissertations and Theses Full Text. (In a few instances, full text Harvard dissertations from as early as 1952 are available.)

* 1990 to recent years: All scholars can order copies of many Harvard dissertations from around 1970 to the present from Proquest dissertation services directly.

* March 2012 forward: Most PhD dissertations submitted from March 2012 forward are available online in DASH, Harvard’s central open-access repository. Permission of the author is usually required to copy theses within the last five years.

* Access to Harvard theses which are not available through ProQuest depends on the school of origin and its associated library.  Check the HOLLIS Catalog to see where a thesis is housed. 

The most frequently-requested theses are from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  They can be consulted in the University Archives, and often in other FAS libraries as well.  For example, the Museum of Comparative Zoology and Tozzer Library house theses written by students in the departments they support, many of which are not in the University Archives, and Lamont library houses most PhD dissertations since 1982 on microfiche, so checking HOLLIS is important.

For theses in the University Archives, patrons can submit photocopy orders of up to thirty pages of undergraduate honors theses that were written before the last five years and PhD theses that were written before 1982.  For scholars off-site, photocopies of undergraduate honors theses older than five years and most PhD dissertations from 1981 and earlier, can be ordered from the Imaging Services Division of the Harvard College Library.

For information about Extension School theses, check here. 

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