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Reference Services to the MIT Community
(MIT faculty, administration, students, alumni/ae)

Why use the Archives?

What are some of the resources in the Archives?

What can the Archives staff do for you?

  • Help find answers to specific questions
  • Guide you while you conduct more thorough research in the collections
  • Assist with research for department celebrations and anniversaries, exhibits, and committee projects
  • Arrange tours of the Archives for MIT students, staff, and alumni/ae
  • Work with faculty and students on MIT class projects requiring use of unpublished sources
  • Consult with faculty and students about using collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections

How do you contact the Archives?

  • Ask the Archives is checked several times daily
  • Telephone (617.253.5690) or fax (617.258.7305) time sensitive requests
  • Please address follow-up correspondence to, rather than to individual staff members, who may be away from the office.

Are there other locations on or off campus where you can find answers to your questions?

What else should you know about using the Archives?

  • The MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections receives questions from around the world, but questions from the MIT community will be given highest priority
  • We will discuss research assistance time beyond the one-hour limit for MIT faculty and administration on a case-by-case basis.
  • Most of our collections are stored off site and usually require 24-48 hours to retrieve. Delivery may be delayed by inclement weather. We encourage you to order your collections one week in advance.
  • Some of our collections have restrictions on access because they are unprocessed or due to restrictive donor agreements and MIT access policies.

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