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Technology Review records

Identifier: AC-0017

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection is arranged into two series. The materials in Series 1 were received in 1979 and include primarily bound financial records, in addition to auditor’s reports and a staff manual. The materials in Series 2 were added in 2007 and include correspondence between Technology Review staff members (particularly John Mattill) and the public and the MIT community. The correspondence, dated 1966-1980, pertains to article submissions, editorial comments, subscriptions, and other business-related matters. John Mattill was editor of Technology Review from 1966 to 1988. The collection also includes archived versions of the Technology Review website spanning from 2017 through the present.


  • Creation: 1922 - 1980
  • Creation: 2017 February 3 - Ongoing


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Historical note

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alumni Association was founded in 1875 to foster contact between the Institute and its graduates. In 1899 a related group of alumni from the Association of Class Secretaries formed a three member Committee on Publications, made up of Arthur D. Little, class of 1885, C. Frank Allen, class of 1872, and James P. Munroe, class of 1882. They conceived the plan to publish a quarterly alumni magazine. The first issue of Technology Review was published in January 1899. In 1910, the magazine began to be published monthly during the academic year.

At its inception, the purpose of Technology Review, as stated in its first issue, was to provide MIT with a publication that could serve as a “clearing-house of information and thought, to increase [the Institute’s] power, to minimize waste, to ensure among its countless friends the most perfect cooperation.” Above all, Technology Review hoped to promote a “feeling of solidarity” among the alumni, staff, faculty, and friends of the Institute. The present-day mission of the magazine has broadened to include a goal of promoting the understanding of emerging technologies and analyzing their commercial, social, and political impacts.

Technology Review was published by the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT until 1999. The magazine is now published by Technology Review Inc., an independent media company owned by MIT.


2.6 Cubic Feet (8 manuscript boxes)

1 item(s) (1 archived website)

Language of Materials



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Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Records of Technology Review, 1922-1980
Ready For Review
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2022 February 4: Edited by Lana Mason to reflect addition of MIT Technology Review website.

Repository Details

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