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Introduction to Archival Research: Home


This guide serves as a starting point for archival research in the Department of Distinctive Collections. See the tabs above for more resources on terminology, tips and tricks for conducting archival research, and specific information about research in MIT's Department of Distinctive Collections.

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Our reading room is generally open:

Monday 10 AM PM
Tuesday 10 AM PM
Wednesday 10 AM PM
Thursday 10 AM PM

Occasionally the reading room is closed for Institute holidays, or for classes and events held in the reading room. See MIT Libraries Hours for changes and exceptions to these hours.

The reading room is located in building 14N, room 118 at 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. See our Reading Room Policies for more information about what to expect during your visit.

Please see Requesting Materials for information about our current service availability, as well as how to use the Distinctive Collections Request System to request materials for reading room use and to order copies.

Worksheet for Biographical Research

Collection Highlight: Lois Lilley Howe Watercolor

A watercolor painting of a fireplace in a living room.

Lois Lilley Howe watercolor, Watercolors and Drawings, 1933 - 1936, Records of Howe, Manning & Almy, Inc. and the papers of Lois Lilley Howe, Eleanor Manning O'Connor, and Mary Almy (MC-0009).

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