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Fire Insurance Policy,
June 30, 1866 - June 30, 1867,
on MIT's First Building in Boston

Shown here is a fire insurance policy on MIT's first building in Boston, including a provision dated Sept. 28th 1866: "Liberty is given for mechanics to work in and about the above named premises for one month from 20th Sept. 1866, at noon..." Although the building, later named the Rogers Building for MIT's founder, was officially opened in the fall of 1866, it wasn't finished until the 1870s. Eventually, MIT's growth led to its move from Boston's Back Bay to the larger campus in Cambridge in 1916.

This document is one of many in the voluminous collection of MIT's official records available for research in the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections, 14N-118.

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