Institute Archives and Special Collections serves as a "memory"
for MIT, collecting and preserving records that document MIT's
history and the people who have been a part of that history. The
collections chronicle the founding and growth of MIT and provide
insight into the development and current issues of the Institute
as well as MIT's impact on the world beyond the Cambridge campus.
The Archives has a special interest in documenting the evolution
of modern science and technology and its impact on society. Particular
emphasis has been placed on the role of scientists and engineers
in the formation of science policy.
Archives works to build collections of unpublished material
including official records of
the Institute, selected personal
and professional papers of MIT faculty, staff, and students,
MIT publications, and MIT
theses. The department also maintains the MIT rare
book collections. Occasionally the Archives accepts collections
of records of non-MIT persons and organizations whose activities
complement the Archives' holdings. The research materials in the
Institute Archives are complemented by the collections at the MIT
goal of the department is both to support the administration, research,
and teaching of the MIT community and to encourage the use of its
collections by researchers outside the Institute. The
Institute Archives also administers MIT's Records
Management Program, advising administrative and academic offices
on records-keeping practices for non-permanent records.
from as close as Cambridge and as far away as Sweden
or Japan use our collections regularly. We ask all researchers
to notify us when they produce works using our collections. The
list of such works that we have compiled includes books, articles, reports, dissertations,
television programs, and exhibits created by an international roster
of scholars, including members of the MIT community.