Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Institute Archives
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA , 02139 4307
FAX: (617)258-7305
Institution Contact(s):
  Reference Archivist (617)253-5690
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Seasonal Hours:
  Summer hours vary: please call.
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible
Bibliographic Utility:
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Reference Archivist (617)253-5690
Collections: 1000
Formats: 4,600 manuscripts 5,900 archives 34,600 monographs 100 volumes of newspapers 250 photographs 20,000 pamphlets 154,500 microforms 63,700 theses 1,086 bound periodicals 1,590 serial titles
Collection Description:
  Selected List of Specific Collections (Finding Aid) (Images)
MIT Administration and Faculty (Images)
Architecture (1865 to present)
Political Science (Post World War I)
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Access only in reading room, supervised All or part of the collection(s) not accessible
Copying: All photocopying done by staff
Loans: No loans permitted
Finding Guides Available:
  Guides for manuscript collection Guides for archives' records groups
Directions: FROM THE NORTH (I-93): Head South on I-93, follow I-93 into Boston, then follow the I-93 instructions below. FROM THE NORTH (I-95): Take the I-90 East exit from I-95 then follow the instructions from I-90. FROM THE SOUTH (I-93): If you are heading North on I-93, follow I-93 (the Southeast Expressway) into Boston, then follow the I-93 instructions below. FROM THE SOUTH I-95: If you are heading North on I-95, take the I-93 North exit, then follow the instructions from I-93. Alternatively, take the I-90 East exit from I-95, then follow the instructions from I-90. FROM I-90 (MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE - WEST): Follow I-90 East to the Cambridge / Brighton exit (exit 18). Following the signs to Cambridge, cross the River Street Bridge, and continue straight about 1 mile to Central Square. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue and follow for about 1/2 mile. The main entrance to MIT will be on your left. If you cross the river again, you have gone too far. FROM ROUTE I-93: Take Exit 26 and follow the signs to Back Bay along Storrow Drive West, approximately 1.5 miles, to the exit for Route 2A. Exit 2A will be on the left, just before the Harvard Bridge (more appropriately called the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge). The Charles River will be on your right. As you cross the bridge, you will be looking at MIT -- the Great Dome and academic facilities are on the right, the dormitories and athletic facilities are on the left. BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (MBTA): Take the Red Line to the Kendall / MIT Station or the Central Square Station, both of which are a short walk from the campus. The walk from Central Square takes about 10 minutes and takes you right down Massachusetts Ave. The Kendall / MIT Station is on the edge of the east end of campus, and as soon as you enter an MIT building, you can get to the other buildings without going outside.