| Using manuscript collections
| List of collections
laboratory notebooks, Harold E. Edgerton Papers (MC
vast majority of the manuscript collections in the Institute Archives
consist of personal papers of MIT faculty members. Among the Archives'
holdings are the papers of such MIT pioneers as Vannevar Bush, Jule
Charney, Harold Edgerton, John Ripley Freeman, Albert Hill, Jerome
Hunsaker, Arthur Ippen, Thomas Kuhn, J. C. R. Licklider, Kevin Lynch, Max Millikan,
William Barton Rogers, Robert Seamans, Julius Stratton, William
Ware, Norbert Wiener, Jerome Wiesner, and Carroll Wilson. The remainder
of the collections are from individuals or organizations with a
close association to the Institute, such as the first women's architectural
firm founded in Boston, Howe, Manning and Almy; the High Voltage
Engineering Corporation founded by Robert J. Van de Graaff, Denis
M. Robinson, and John G. Trump; and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Collections of personal
papers at MIT document various aspects of an individual's
teaching, research, and professional life. The contents of the collections
are wide-ranging and include records such as research notes, course
materials, reports, consulting or committee files, drafts of published
works, and visual materials. The collections are often donated
to MIT at the time of the faculty member's retirement, or as projects and completed and the files pertaining to them become inactive.
Over 600 manuscript collections constitute nearly half of the unpublished
source materials in the Institute Archives. Individual collections
range in size from one box to several hundred boxes. The manuscript
collections date from as early as 1804; however, most cover
the period from World War II to the end of the twentieth century.
Although the Institute Archives does house some visual materials,
most MIT photographs and
moving images are located at the MIT