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Genealogical Research in the Institute Archives

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  • We regret that we are unable to undertake research for patrons outside the MIT community.
  • To verify MIT attendance or employment, see "other sources at MIT" below.
  • If you are conducting in-depth research, we strongly recommend a visit to the Archives.
  • This page lists Archives sources and others that may be useful to genealogical researchers.
  • For inquiries about the sources, please use the Ask the Archives form.

Note on access

  • There may be restrictions on some student and institutional records. Read more about our access policies.
  • Many of our collections are stored off-site. Read more about planning your visit before coming in.

Sources in the Archives

Information about students

  • Freshman Picture Books, class of 1953-present. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171 .M4242 F7
  • Student Directories, 1916-present. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M42b.S78
    (Some years are also housed in the Hayden Library; consult Barton, the MIT Libraries catalog.)
  • Theses. Stored offsite. To find theses, search Barton.
    Find theses in other MIT libraries and online.
  • Technique (MIT’s yearbook), 1877-present. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M4257
    Find yearbooks in other MIT libraries.
  • Senior Portfolios - “Face books” of senior classes, including student pictures and profiles, 1893-1914. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room T171.M46 S4
  • Graduation Exercises (1880-1960) and Degree Lists (1961-present). Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M41j Selected years are available in Hayden and Rotch Libraries; consult Barton.
Information about alumni
  • Alumni Registers 1893-present. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M47
    Arranged by class year or alphabetical order. Variously indexed alphabetically, geographically, by class year, and by department.
    Find Alumni Registers in other MIT libraries.
  • Class Reunion books - Biographical sketches of alumni, with directories and bibliographies, class of 1870-present (not complete). Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M4258
  • Technology Review, 1899-present. Class notes at the back; indexed through 1972. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M4256.T43
Information about faculty, staff, and administration
  • Faculty and Staff Directories, 1942-present. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M42b.S77
  • Biographies of members of the faculty and officers of administration, July 1879-July 1949. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. Folio T171 .M421.F14 1950
  • Catalogs/Bulletins, 1865-present. Includes directories of students, degree candidates, and faculty lists. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M42
    Find catalogs/bulletins in other MIT libraries and in the MIT Libraries' Digital Repository, Dome.
  • Annual Reports of the President, 1871-present. Lists of faculty, personnel, and trustees; statistics about students; treasurer’s reports. Shelved in the Archives Reading Room. T171.M4195
    Find President's Reports in other MIT libraries and in the MIT Libraries' Digital Repository, Dome.
    President's Reports, 1994-2006 available online.

The following sources may be useful if you have information about organizations, departments, or events associated with the person you are researching.

Please note that all archives and manuscript collections are stored offsite and must be ordered two days in advance of a visit.

You can search the lists of our manuscript and archives collections for known associations.

You can check MIT's newspapers and search MIT's News Office web site for events, appointments, and obituaries.

Other sources at MIT

For verification of attendance
The only office at MIT allowed to officially verify attendance and graduation of former students is that of the Registrar.

The Registrar's Office
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building 5-119
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Attn: Verification of MIT Attendance
Telephone: 617.253.2658
FAX: 617.253-7459

For verification of employment
Contact the Human Resources Department directly.

The MIT Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 391229
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Telephone: 617.253.4251

For information about students who attended the Institute
The MIT Alumni/ae Association may have information.

Association of Alumni and Alumnae
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Telephone: 1.800.MIT.1865

Other local sources

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