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University Archives

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Wentworth Institute Postcard, ca. 1930, AC10, unprocessed Institute Publications, Wentworth Institute of Technology University Archives, Boston, MA.

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Aircraft Engine Laboratory Expansion, ca. 1948, AC1, Box 1, Folder 2, Office of the Principal Records, Wentworth Institute of Technology University Archives, Boston, MA. Digital Collections.

Watson Hall Line Drawing, undated, AC10, unprocessed Institute Publications, Wentworth Institute of Technology University Archives, Boston, MA.

Contact

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Ashley Bryan, MLIS MA (she/her/hers)

Access Services Librarian & Archivist

bryana2@wit.edu

617-989-4681

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.

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.

Digitization of materials has begun.

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 are digitized on the Digital Collections.

Please cite any records used from our collection as follows: Title or description of item, date (day, month, year), Collection number or identifier, box number, folder number, Collection Name, Name of Repository, Location of Repository. URL if applicable.

For example (Chicago Manual of Style citation):

Aircraft Engine Laboratory Expansion, 1932-1948, AC1, Box 1, Folder 2, Office of the Principal Records, Wentworth Institute of Technology University Archives, Boston, MA.https://digitalcollections.wit.edu/uncategorized/IO_d7e65c83-1833-45f4-b48f-b9e067f8de82.

If you have additional questions about citing archival materials, please reach out to the Archivist, or the Reference Team for assistance

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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.

Download the Archives Charter below:

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."