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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class Photograph Albums

 Collection
Identifier: AC-0319

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of class photograph albums which contain portrait photographs (primarily individual) of class members, faculty, and administrators of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Many of the portrait subjects are identified by name. Some of the albums group the portraits by course and include labeled photographs of classrooms, laboratories, buildings, and workshops, and group photographs. The albums span the graduating classes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1870 through 1893, although some years are not represented. The class of 1868 was the first to graduate from MIT, so these albums contain photographs of the earliest students and faculty members.

Volume 1 contains identified photographs of faculty, staff, and students, volume 2 photographs are not identified; volume 3 contains identified photographs of faculty, staff, and students and a photograph of MIT buildings. Volume 4 photographs are partially identified and the volume also contains a photograph of MIT buildings. The class of 1888 album (volume 11 and box 23) contains identified portrait photographs of class members and group photographs of students, classrooms, and laboratories.

Series 2 materials primarily consist of loose cabinet photographs of various MIT students and faculty members, circa 1893. Many of the photographs are duplicates of those in volumes 18 through 20 (class of 1893), although not all of the photographs have been identified and several may be originals.

Dates

  • 1870 - 1895

Access note

This collection is open.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to Distinctive Collections.

Extent

23 Cubic Feet (22 volumes, 1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 small box)

Language of Materials

English

Source of Acquisition

Class photograph albums were received from various individual donors, cabinet photographs were transferred in 2007 from Robert Dimmock of the MIT Alumni Association.

Processing Information

Materials in this collection were initially designated as separate collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1891 (1989-146, 1979-027 MC-0018), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1893 albums (1989-105, 1979-069, MC-0038), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1888 (1989-103, 1979-066, MC-0035), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1870 yearbook (1982-097, MC-0126), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1873 albums (1979-073, MC-0042), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1885 albums (1979-072, 1977-020, MC-0041), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1889 albums (1979-071, MC-0040), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1882 albums (1979-070, MC-0039), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1887 album (1979-068, MC-0037), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1890 album (1979-067, MC-0036), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1892 album (1979-065, MC-0034), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1894 album (1979-064, MC-0033), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 1895 album (1979-026, MC-0017). December 1994, materials from MC-0017, MC-0018, MC-0033, MC-0034, MC-0035, MC-0036, MC-0037, MC-0038, MC-0039, MC-0040, MC-0041, MC-0042, and MC-0126 were merged into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class Photograph Albums (AC-0319).
Title
Preliminary Inventory to Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class Photographs, 1870-1895
Status
Ready For Review
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

Contact:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307 US