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This guide serves as a list of resources for those hoping to complete biographical research on students, alumni, faculty, or staff in the Department of Distinctive Collections. While some resources have been digitized and are available online or are available elsewhere in MIT Libraries, we strongly recommend visiting Distinctive Collections if you are conducting in-depth research. 

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The Distinctive Collections reading room is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Occasionally the reading room is closed for Institute holidays or because of classes or special events being held in the reading room. Exceptions to the hours are updated and posted on the home page of our website. The reading room is located in building 14N, room 118 at 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.

Information regarding requesting materials via the Distinctive Collections Request System for reading room use and ordering copies as well as our current service availability is available at Requesting Materials. Information regarding what to expect from your visit is available at, Reading Room Policies

The MIT Social Beaver 1960

The MIT Social Beaver 1960

The MIT Social Beaver 1960, T171.M42.S678 1960

Worksheet for Biographical Research

Map of MIT, 1958

Map of MIT from Social Beaver 1958

Map of MIT from 1958 Social Beaver Handbook, T171.M42.S678 1958

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