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While our reading room remains closed, we have started to process our queue of copy orders and have begun to schedule virtual reference consultations with materials from our collections. 

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Distinctive Collections collects, preserves, and fosters the use of unique and rare materials such as tangible and digital archives, manuscripts, ephemera, artists’ books, and more. With these collections the Libraries seeks to cultivate an interest in the past, present, and future; the humanistic and the scientific; and the physical and the digital in order to inspire and enable research, learning, experimentation, and play for a diverse community of users.

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Wireless station sheet music cover

James Monaco, There’s a Wireless Station Down in My Heart, c. 1913. Distinctive Collections, MIT Libraries

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