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University Archives

Mission & Collection Statement 

The Wentworth Institute of Technology University Archives (WITUA) collects, preserves, promotes, and fosters the use of the history of Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) through items such as: 

  • Administrative records/Office records 
  • Presidential papers 
  • University yearbooks 
  • University newspapers 
  • Faculty work, research, and records 
  • Student records 
  • Student work and research 
  • Student group and RSO records 
  • Student life 
  • Alumni records 
  • Oral histories 
  • Other items pertaining to the history of WIT

Accessing the Archives Space

Access to the Archives is available upon research consultation and request with the Archivist on staff. Patrons cannot access the Archives space without the Archivist present. 

Donors and representatives from WIT administrative and academic offices may access their collection through contact with the Archivist on staff. 

Items are not to leave the Archives.

Accessing Archival Materials

Physical Materials

Physical access to Archival materials must be facilitated by contacting the Archivist.

Digital Materials

The ultimate goal of the Archives is to digitize the collection so items may be more widely accessible. Digitization of items provides enhanced access to materials that might otherwise be unavailable for public use. Through the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons' Digital Collections and other methods, users will have the ability to access digitized information both on site and remotely.

Priority will be given to Presidential records, chronologically earliest to oldest, beginning with founding documents through the present. Scans will be made text searchable when able. 

**NOTE: Digitization of materials will begin in the coming months.

Research & Digitization Requests

Research Requests

Archival research requests can be submitted via email to the Archivist on staff.

Depending on staff availability, research requests typically take 2-4 weeks to complete.

Digitization Requests

Items in the Archives may be digitized upon request, if they are not already digitized. Scans of files will be delivered via email. Priority will be given to Presidential records, chronologically earliest to oldest, beginning with founding documents through the present.

Depending on staff availability, digitization requests typically take 2-4 weeks to complete.

WIT Architectural Theses 

Theses are digitized on the Digital Collections.

Restrictions on Accessing Archival Materials

Restricted Materials

Restrictions to items in the Archives are as follows:  

  • “Regular” administrative records will be restricted for 20 years after their acquisition. 
  • Board of Trustee records will be restricted for 50 years after acquisition. 
  • Student and personal records will be restricted for 75 years after acquisition. 

Per the Archives Charter (1988), “During the restricted period, the records will be available only to the Curator of Special Collections, Institute Archivist, and office of origin. Consideration will be given by access to others when a written request is presented to the Institute Archivist for approval by the office of origin. The Provost will permit or deny access to records of offices that no longer exist.”  

Donors, such as WIT alum, who donate personal materials related to WIT's history may choose to restrict access to their collections or certain parts of their collections for a number of years after donation. These items may only be access with express permission from the Donor.

Unprocessed Materials 

Regardless of any other characteristic, unprocessed materials are restricted. Unprocessed records may be used only by the archivists and representatives of the creating or successor office. Unprocessed papers may be used only by the archivists and the donor. Exceptions can be made by the Archivist.

Donate to the University Archives

What do we accept?

The Archives collects materials documenting the history of the Institute, its students, faculty, and alum. Gifts of personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, or other materials are often valuable contributions to the Archives' collections. Items pertaining to WIT's history, including:

  • Administrative records/Office records 
  • Presidential papers 
  • University yearbooks 
  • University newspapers 
  • Faculty work, research, and records 
  • Student records 
  • Student work and research 
  • Student group and RSO records 
  • Student life 
  • Alumni records 

How to Donate to the Archives

If you'd like to donate items to the archives, contact Ashley Bryan, Access Services Librarian & Archivist at bryana2@wit.edu or 617-989-4681.

Copyright

Copyright is generally held by the creator of a document, with the exception of items created as work product. Any record, in any format, produced by an employee of the Institute while performing an official Institute function, is the property of the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Copyright of other items can be transferred to the Archives upon donation and is encouraged. 

Per the Archives Charter (1988): “Any record, in any format, produced by an employee of the Institute while performing an official Institute function, is the property of the Wentworth Institute of Technology.”  

Upon copyright transfer, all items become the permanent property of Wentworth Institute of Technology University Archives and are to be used in preserving and presenting the history of Wentworth Institute of Technology.

History of the University Archives

In 1988, the University's Board of Trustees approved the creation and maintenance of an Archives for the “interests of preserving the administratively and historically valuable records of the Institute."

Contact

Ashley L. Bryan, MLIS, MA

(she/her/hers)

Access Services Librarian & Archivist

Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons

bryana2@wit.edu

617-989-4681

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