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 chronicle the founding and growth of MIT and provide
insight into the development and current issues of the Institute
as well as MIT's involvement in the world beyond the Cambridge
The nature of education and research at the Institute is such that
the Archives' collections document numerous aspects of the evolution
of modern science and technology and its impact on society. In
the collections document the role of scientists and engineers in
the formation of science policy.
Archives works to build collections of primary sources
such as the official records
of the Institute and selected personal
and professional papers of MIT faculty, staff, and students. The department also collects MIT publications and the record
copy of MIT theses, and maintains MIT's rare
book collections. Occasionally the Archives accepts collections of records
of non-MIT persons and organizations whose activities complement
the Archives' holdings. In addition, staff members at both the Institute
Archives and the MIT Museum have worked with MIT faculty to create
a list of available oral
histories. Researchers may want to contact the MIT
Museum for information on other materials about MIT.
goal of the Institute Archives is to support the administration,
research, and teaching of the MIT community as well as 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.
Recommended Reading: "The Archivist's Perspective: Knowledge and Values" from Understanding Archives & Manuscripts, James M. O'Toole & Richard J. Cox, 2006.