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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics records

Identifier: AC-0068

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of reports on research by faculty and students. Of the fourteen volumes, two were published and twelve are in manuscript form. The collection also includes two archived websites, the Department of Physics website and the Center for Theoretical Physics website.


  • Creation: 1875 - 2021
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1875 - 1901


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.


3 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons)

2 item(s) (2 archived websites)

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Physics was taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from the time classes were first offered in 1865. William B. Rogers, the founder and first president of MIT, was the first professor of physics. In 1869 Rogers established the "Physical Laboratory," probably the first laboratory for instruction in physics in the United States. In 1872 the lab was renamed the Rogers Laboratory of Physics. Physics became Course VIII in 1873. The collection consists of reports on research written by faculty and students between 1875 and 1901.


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

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Guide to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Physics Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 January 3: Edited by Lana Mason to reflect addition of Center for Theoretical Physics website.

Repository Details

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