MIT Archives to Embark on Major Processing Project; Reading Room Hours and Service to the Public to be Temporarily Reduced
Early in February, 2002, the Institute Archives will begin a special one-year project to organize important research material in its collections. To free up staff to carry out this project in a concentrated time-frame, the reading room will be open to the public only two days a week February through May, and July through the following January. Specific days and hours for the reading room will be posted in late December.
The Archives reading room will open its regular five days per week for the month of June in order to provide scholars significant uninterrupted time for projects involving use of the collections.
For the one-year period of the special project, services to those from outside of MIT will be reduced. The Archives will not provide e-mail or telephone reference or research service to remote users and there will be a limit placed on all forms of copying. There will be no access to the unprocessed collections. For the convenience of the public, the Archives will provide a list of collections that can be used. The list will be posted on the Archives web site shortly.
It is anticipated that in the course of the 12-month period, the Archives staff will be able to process a considerable number of collections. The project will give staff the time to process materials, making them accessible for those seeking factual information or research resources about MIT and its history. The MIT archival collections are among the most significant records in the history of science and technology in the United States. It is likely that many important yet never-used documents will be "discovered" in the process.
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