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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Committee on the Visual Arts records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0048

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records received in 1980, boxes 1-2, 1978-1980, contain videotapes and audio tapes of interviews done in preparation for exhibits in the Compton Gallery. Also included are composite tapes used as part of the exhibit of Gyorgy Kepes’s work and an exhibit on Building 20, taped interviews and correspondence concerning background research for exhibits, videotapes of lectures that accompanied the exhibit on Gjon Mili, and registers of visitors to the Compton Gallery.

Records received in 1983, boxes 3-5, 1945-1979, document exhibitions mounted by the MIT Committee on the Visual Arts, both traveling exhibits and those installed by MIT, and the administration of the committee’s permanent and student loan collections. Also included are proposals for exhibits, exhibit catalogs and photographs, contracts for the student loan collection, biographical information about the arts, publicity material, and Committee on the Visual Arts correspondence and minutes.

Records received in 1985, boxes 6-7, 1967-1975, contain background material and reports on the Film Program at MIT; correspondence and publicity for the Otto Piene Exhibition at Hayden Gallery in 1975; and correspondence with Donlyn Lydon of the MIT School of Architecture concerning World Expo ’70 in Japan


  • Creation: 1945 - 1980


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) Committee on the Visual Arts is appointed by the president of MIT. Composed of faculty, administration, and student members, it was established in 1966 to act as a coordinating body for the non-curricular program in the visual arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The committee’s responsibilities included the organization of the Hayden Galleries’ exhibition and publication program, the development and curatorial care of a permanent art collection as well as two student loan collections, and the sponsorship of a variety of educational activities designed to elucidate issues in contemporary art. In 1989, with the establishment of a new position, Associate Provost for the Arts and the establishment of the Office of the Arts, the Committee on the Visual Arts, previously the advisory group to the List Visual Arts Center Staff, was disbanded.


7762 Megabytes (7.58 GB in 107 files in 30 folders)

6 Cubic Feet (5 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 CD box, 7.58 GB in 107 files in 30 folders)

Language of Materials


Arrangement note

The collection is partially process and arranged in four series: Series 1. “Gyorgy Kepes - The M.I.T. Years,” 1978; Series 2. “Gjon Mili - A Photographic Exhibition,” 1980; Series 3. “Generations - The Story of Building 20,” 1980; Series 4. Guest books. The remainder of the collection is not processed or divided into series.


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

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 Committee on the Visual Arts, 1945-1980
Preliminary Inventory
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Script of description

Repository Details

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

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