The development of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chronicled online in the annual Reports to the President

Reflection: Mit's first building, Back Bay, Boston

The complete collection of Reports to the President, available in print in the Institute Archives & Special Collections, is now also available online.

The president’s report is presented annually to the Corporation and has been published nearly every year since 1871. Recounting the year’s accomplishments and introducing the next year’s goals, each volume, with a few exceptions, is a compilation of annual reports from the academic and administrative entities of the Institute, along with the report of the president. Some years also include reports from the secretary, treasurer, and chancellor. To trace the evolution of the Institute, there is no better place to start than the Reports, which detail the changing objectives, priorities, curricula, research subjects, funding sources, and personnel through the years.

A more extensive description can be found in the MIT Libraries’ digital repository, Dome.

Image reflection: MIT’s first building, Back Bay, Boston