What does the bMS mean? Is that a Harvard indexing system or is there an archival system that parallels the Dewey decimal system?

All the manuscript and archives collections at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library begin with a "bMS" collection number.  “bMS” is an abbreviation for “box of manuscripts”.  The numbers that follow “bMS” are assigned in the order of acquisition.    The best way to navigate the archives by subject is to browse collections by provenance, or search the finding aids by keyword.  A “bMS” shelf number has no relation to subject of the collection. You may search other Harvard finding aids at Harvard on OASIS.


Books in our open stacks, in contrast to archival collections, are arranged by subject on the shelves to facilitate browsing.  

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