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Manuscript Collections: Faculty Papers, etc.

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Brief summary descriptions of many MIT manuscript collections are included in OCLC WorldCat. They may be searched through the following link on the Library of Congress web site: Search OCLC WorldCat Manuscript Materials

Finding aids for many of the manuscript collections, which provide detailed descriptions of individual collections, are available directly to researchers on the MIT Archives web site: List of Collections

Contact the reference staff ( about preliminary lists for collections that are not included on the MIT Archives List of Collections.

Access to the manuscript collections, donated to the Institute, is guided by an agreement made with each donor. In numerous cases, restrictions on use, copying, or copyright apply. Patrons are urged to discuss such issues in advance of requesting materials.

Often official MIT records, created by faculty fulfilling administrative duties, are presented simultaneously with personal materials. In these cases, rules of access to MIT records apply.

The research materials in the Institute Archives are complemented by the holdings in the MIT Museum (617.253.4440).

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