| Using Institute records | List
faculty papers, see manuscript collections
R. Dewey to President Richard Maclaurin, May 11, 1915, regarding
the names to be
carved into MIT's new buildings. MIT Office of the President
Records (AC 13).
Institute's records, or the "archives collections," form
the core of the Institute Archives holdings. These permanent records
are a small portion of all the records created at the Institute.
They are collected from Institute executive and administrative bodies;
schools and degree programs; centers and labs; committees, councils
and associations; student organizations; and associated or affiliated
types of materials found in the archival collections include minutes,
correspondence, reports, financial records, drawings and plans,
some visual materials, printed matter, and other records produced
in the course of Institute business. Though the bulk of the Archives
holdings document Institute activity in the twentieth century, the
earliest records date to 1859.
Although listed as separate collections in the Institute Archives,
the MIT publications also serve as permanent
records of Institute activity, and the MIT
theses stored by the Archives are the record copies of this
student degree requirement.
records generated or received by the various administrative and
academic offices of the Institute in the conduct of their business,
regardless of the form in which they are created and maintained,
are the property of
the Institute and constitute potential archival material. Although
the Institute Archives has yet to formulate, with others on campus,
policies for the permanent retention of select categories of electronic
records, we are beginning to explore these issues.