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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Libraries, Office of the Director records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0047

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises records produced by the Office of the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries from 1889 to 2009. Records include reports, budget files, newsletters and bulletins, accession books, subject files, pathfinders, meeting minutes, budget files, and photographs. The collection also includes records of various Libraries directors and administrators. These records include correspondence and subject files.


  • 1889 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection must be reviewed to identify any restricted material before access can be granted. Please submit your requests at least ten business days before your desired visit to allow time for this review. An archivist will respond within five business days to let you know whether your requested material is open. For complete information on this policy, see our Statement on Accessing Institute Records.

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

Clement W. Andrews, Institute Librarian, 1889-1895

Robert P. Bigelow, Institute Librarian, 1895-1925

William N. Seaver, Institute Librarian, 1925-1946

John E. Burchard, Director of Libraries, 1944-1947

Vernon Tate, Director of Libraries, 1948-1955

William N. Locke, Director of Libraries, 1955-1972.

Natalie Nicholson, Acting Director of Libaries, 1972-1973, Director of Libraries, 1973-1975.

Jay K. Lucker, Director of Libraries, 1975-1994.

Ann J.Wolpert, Director of Libraries, 1996-2013


110.06 Cubic Feet (149 containers, 46 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Libraries, Office of the Associate Director for Collection Services records (AC 137)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Libraries, Office of the Associate Director for Public Services records (AC 622)

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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries Office of the Director, 1889-2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 December 6: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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

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