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Suggested citation guidelines

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections, including materials on the web, is not authorization to publish from them. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives.

The Institute Archives can grant permission to publish materials for which it holds the copyright, and these include

  • Printed materials published by MIT
  • Many records created on behalf of the Institute
  • Materials in manuscript collections for which the donor has given copyright to MIT

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) does not allow us to grant permission to publish materials we do not clearly own and puts the burden on the researcher to identify the holder of the copyright and obtain permission. We do not hold copyright for materials in Institute records not created in the course of conducting Institute business or in manuscript collections if the author has not specifically given copyright to the MIT. It is the job of the researcher to determine the holder of copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heirs for permission to publish if MIT does not hold the copyright.

Requests for permission to publish may be submitted by using the Ask the Archives form on our web site, regular mail (Building 14N-118, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139-4307), or FAX (617.258.7305). Please be as specific as possible about the documents or images you would like permission to publish, the collection(s) they are part of, and the type of publication in which they will be used (book, paper, articles, web site, etc.).

Suggested citation guidelines

When permission to publish material is granted, the researcher must identify the location of the originals in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. Suggested citations for Institute records and manuscript collections are given below.

Archives collections (Institute records)

Letter, Richard Cockburn Maclaurin to Thomas Alva Edison, [date], box 25, MIT Office of the President Records, 1897-1930 (AC 13), Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Manuscript collections

Laboratory notebook, 28 April 1936-[date], box 51, Harold Eugene Edgerton Papers, 1889-1990 (MC 25), Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts.







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