Preservation + Conservation

Unboxing the Chomsky Archive

Posted November 4th, 2014 by mit-admin

Professor Noam Chomsky Photo by: Philip van Ootegem

A new website offers a glimpse at a lifetime of work, and the chance to support it.  

Two years after the MIT Libraries’ Institute Archives were chosen as the stewards of Noam Chomsky’s personal papers, over 260 boxes of the professor emeritus’ materials have been transferred, organized, and re-housed in the Archives.

A new website, “Unbox the Chomsky Archive,” offers a preview of some of the unique materials found in the collection, as well as a way to support the archival project. Through slideshows on the site you can explore Chomsky’s contributions to MIT, the field of linguistics, and his political activism, and dedication to social justice. Read notes Chomsky prepared for lectures, go to the front lines of political protests he attended, read his personal correspondence with other great thinkers, and learn how his views shaped the political discourse.

Additional funding is needed to further expand access to this valuable resource for students, researchers, and those wishing to preserve Chomsky’s remarkable legacy. A gift of any size will contribute to this important work. With your help we will:

  • Process the collection, ensuring that any restrictions, fragile materials, photographs, and digital materials are handled with care, and that materials are described accurately for researchers and future digitization purposes.
  • Digitize the collection so that researchers from all over the world can have access to the materials without physically visiting MIT.

To help us toward our $1.5 million goal, donate online by clicking the “Give Now” link on the site, or contact us at for more information.

Caring for AV – Webinar series

Posted October 27th, 2014 by willer

Save these dates!  Curation and Preservation Services will screen a series of webinars on the preservation of audiovisual materials in November and early December. These webinars are offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and will be shown for free in 14N-132 (DIRC). The webinars are open to any member of the MIT community. Registration is requested but not required. Please register through LibCal for the individual webinars (links below).

Caring for Recorded Sound Collections
2-4 pm on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Formats covered will include grooved discs, open reel, and audio cassettes
  • Beginner-to-intermediate level
  • More Information

Introducing IRENE – Digitizing Historic Audio
12:30-1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • IRENE is a system that uses digital imaging to reformat early audio recordings
  • Beginner-level webinar for professionals and nonprofessionals
  • More Information

Caring for Legacy Video Collections
2-4 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Formats covered include open reel and cassette-based video formats
  • Beginner-to-intermediate level
  • More Information

Caring for Motion Picture Collections
2-4 pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Formats covered include motion picture film
  • Beginner-to-intermediate level
  • More Information