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21H.281: MIT and Slavery: Research: MIT Sources

MIT Libraries Resource Guides

Journals and Databases licensed by MIT are available to members of the community using Touchstone authentication, or to anyone using public computers in the MIT Libraries' public locations.


Historical Newspapers - Includes links to online African American Newspapers, African American Periodicals, Black Abolitionist Papers, Ku Klux Klan Newspapers, and more...

History Subject Guide

MIT People - This guide serves as a list of resources for those hoping to complete biographical research on students, alumni, faculty, or staff using material in the Department of Distinctive Collections.

MIT Sources Online

MIT Black History Project

Begun in 1995, the MIT Black History Project is an ongoing collaborative research effort sponsored by the MIT Office of the Provost. The project works to document the role of Black life at MIT since the Institute’s founding in 1861.

MIT Reports to the President (T171.M195): 1871 to 2002 and 1994 to the present
The publication Reports to the President is a compilation of the annual reports of academic and administrative units of the Institute summarizing the year’s accomplishments and introducing future plans. Included in some years are reports from the secretary, treasurer, and chancellor of the Institute. Collectively, the volumes represent the starting point for any research into the history of the Institute.

MIT Course Catalogues (T171.M42): 1865 to 1997 and 1998 to the present
The MIT Course Catalogue, also referred to as the MIT Bulletin and the MIT Course Catalog, is a rich source of information on the courses and programs that have made the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the major institution it is today. 

The Tech (T171.M45): 1881-present
The MIT student newspaper.

Technique (T171.M4257): 1885-1930
MIT's yearbook.

MIT Handbooks (T171.M42.S678, T171.M42.T4 and T171.M42h.H847): 1913-2008
The MIT Handbooks consist of general information about the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, local culture and social activities, and academics. The publications have various names and creators — The Handbook of the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Social Beaver, This is MITMIT TodayHow to Get Around MIT (HowToGAMIT) — but generally provide similar information on how to navigate life in and around MIT.

MIT Sources for Use in Reading Room

The MIT Libraries' catalog, Barton, will list the shelf location as "Institute Archives - Reference Collection" if an item is shelved in the reading room (14N-118). Advance notice is not required to use materials shelved in the reading room.

All other materials need to be requested at least two business days in advance of a visit so that they can be retrieved from off-site storage. Use our online form, Ask Distinctive Collections, to request material. Please provide the following information:

  • MIT publications: ​call number, title, and date (if applicable)
  • MIT theses: thesis author, date, department, and degree
  • Archival (AC or MC) collections: collection name, collection number, and the box number(s)
  • Rare books: call number and collection name (e.g., Legacy, Vail, Rogers, etc.)


Other Resources

The Spectrum student magazineT171.M42k.S643

Senior Portfolio yearbook, T171.M46.S4.

Shelved in the Distinctive Collections Reading Room, the Senior Portfolios have been published in the following iterations:

Class of '84 M.I.T. Twenty-fifth Anniversary Book, 1884-1909 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, T171.M4258 1884