On this page, you can find:
What is an archives?
What is a repository?
What is a finding aid?
At MIT, our finding aids can be found via MIT ArchivesSpace and often include information about boxes and folders within a collection, but usually not the individual items.
What is a collection?
What is archival research?
For additional terminology related to archives and archival research, see the Using MIT ArchivesSpace LibGuide.
Archival research can be convoluted. Here are some things to know before you jump into research in archives, particularly at MIT:
A black-and-white photo of two people working in a lab, with a large machines and meters in the center of the image.
Photo of the Electro-Chemical Laboratory during World War I (Technology War Record, 9).