About the Archives
The Institute Archives and Special Collections
serves as the "memory" of MIT, collecting and preserving
records that document MIT's history and the people who have been
a part of that history.
The collections include both published and unpublished materials
in various formats.
The following are among the subjects documented in the collections:
- The founding and growth of MIT
- The work and discoveries of MIT's faculty and students
- Current issues of the Institute and their evolution
- The development of modern science and technology and its impact on society
- The role of scientists and engineers in the formation of US science policy
- MIT's influence in the world beyond the Cambridge campus
The research materials in the Institute Archives are complemented by the collections at the MIT Museum.
- To support the administration, research, and teaching of the MIT community.
- To encourage the use of its collections by researchers outside the Institute.
- To administer MIT's Records Management Program and advise administrative and academic offices on records-keeping practices for non-permanent records.
A list of works produced using our collections includes books, articles, reports, dissertations, television programs, and exhibits created by an international roster of scholars, including members of the MIT community.