There is more than one way to go about finding materials on your research topic in MIT's collections.
Think broadly — searching for the name of a person or department is a good start, but expanding your scope will get you more results.
Say you're looking for the history of a particular department. You could search for:
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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.
Please note that most of our collections do not include item-level descriptions in ArchivesSpace. This means that there will often be a title of a file or item as a part of its folder or box, but there will rarely be additional information about the specific item in the finding aid.