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Maihaugen Gallery: A Window to History

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the family of Paul G. Gregory III, the once blank corridor wall outside the Institute Archives & Special Collections (14N-118) has been transformed into a literal window into MIT's remarkable special collections. The Maihaugen Gallery showcases rare documents, photographs, books, maps, artwork, and more from the Libraries' unique collections..

The Libraries look forward to sharing treasures from the collections in an ongoing series of exhibits. The first exhibit: A Celebration of Gifts features rare and unique items donated to the Libraries by MIT alumni, faculty, and friends. Additional funding will help with planning, preparing and curating future exhibits. To learn more about helping to fund Libraries' exhibits: Contact us

Archives exhibit space project

Conservator Position: Preserving MIT's Past

The MIT Libraries contain over 2.7 million print volumes as well as 13 million items in archival collections, including 50,000 rare books that warrant an extra level of stewardship and require the expertise of a qualified book conservator. The Conservator prepares MIT's valuable collection for use by students, faculty, alumni and outside scholars.

In 2005 a $1,500,000 gift from Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. '57 endowed the MIT Libraries' Conservator position, making it a full-time, permanent position and providing funding for a conservation assistant, supplies and equipment in perpetuity.

Conservator position

The Conservation Lab: Ensuring Access to MIT's Collections

Long dedicated to sustaining access to MIT's circulating collections, Preservation Services integrates centuries old bookbinding methods with the latest conservation science and techniques. In 2002, with the generous support of E. Martin (1944) and Ethel Wunsch and an anonymous donor, the MIT Libraries were able to add an important new activity to Preservation Services — the conservation of rare books. With a complete renovation and expansion of space in the basement of Hayden Library, the E. Martin (1944) and Ethel Wunsch Conservation Laboratory was created.

Conservation lab

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