"To Serve Better Thy Country": Four Centuries of Harvard and the Military is an exhibition on view in Pusey Library, featuring materials drawn from the collections of the Harvard University Archives. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Two of America’s oldest institutions—Harvard University and the United States military—have histories that are deeply woven together. For more than 350 years, in periods of both peace and conflict, members of the Harvard community have dedicated themselves to military service in a variety of ways. Thousands of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni have joined the armed forces, many of them making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Faculty have pursued research to support the development of technology and strategy used by the military. Harvard men and women have played an important role in shaping the nation’s approach to diplomacy and policymaking.

Spanning four centuries, the items presented here illustrate the significant relationship between Harvard and the military at several key moments in Harvard’s history, beginning with the founding of the University and the nation in the colonial period and ending with Harvard’s evolving relationships in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Visit the exhibition in the Lammot du Pont Copeland Gallery in Pusey Library on the Harvard campus, Monday through Friday, 9 am until 5 pm.