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The MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections is the memory of MIT and the source of unpublished information created at MIT.

The staff focuses its collecting efforts on both the administrative records of the Institute and the personal papers of members of the MIT faculty, which create our special collections. For more information on gifts of faculty papers, including information about physical and legal transfer, see the page “MIT Faculty – Donating Your Personal Papers.”

In order to help document MIT’s unique and rich history in Boston and Cambridge, the Archives also accepts material relating to student life at MIT. Types of records that are generally collected include:

Student organizations

  • By-laws, statements of organization
  • Minutes
  • Lists of officers, members
  • Annual reports
  • Brochures, publicity for activities and events
  • Photographs

Individual students

  • Scrapbooks
  • Letters from time period as student
  • Diaries

The Archives does not generally collect plaques, trophies, or ephemeral financial records. At this time, we have sufficient duplicates of the student yearbook Technique. All donations are subject to review by the MIT Archives staff. We are not able to accept or keep materials whose physical state poses a health or safety risk to staff or to the rest of our collection (paper material with mold problem).

The MIT Museum accepts gifts of objects that meet their collecting goals.


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