Distinctive Collections serves as the "memory" of MIT, collecting and preserving records that document MIT's history and the people who have been a part of that history. The collections chronicle the founding and growth of MIT and provide insight into the development and current issues of the Institute as well as MIT's involvement in the world beyond the Cambridge campus. Distinctive Collections document numerous aspects of the evolution of modern science and technology and its impact on society.

Distinctive Collections works to build collections of primary sources such as the official records of the Institute and selected personal and professional papers of MIT faculty, staff, and student organizations. The department also collects MIT publications and the record copy of MIT theses, and maintains MIT's rare book collections.

The Dome collections below consist of both digitized and born digital material from the collections of Distinctive Collections. Digital items make up only a small portion of our collections. To learn more about our collections and how to access material not found online, visit our website: http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/

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