January 23, 2022

MIT Libraries: Department of Distinctive Collections Announces Opens Web Archives to the Public

From MIT Libraries:

The Department of Distinctive Collections is pleased to announce that our web archives collections are now open to the public. These web archives consist of MIT-produced webpages and affiliated webpages selected for preservation to ensure valuable information about the Institute and groups and individuals connected to it is accessible and available to researchers in the long term. You can access these archived webpages through the Archive-It website.

Have you ever been browsing for something on an MIT webpage and run into the “404 page not found” screen? While the little drawing tool that shows up when that happens is fun to play with, mostly you want to get to the information that you were looking for. These newly accessible collections from the MIT Libraries Distinctive Collections can help with that. In addition to getting access to websites that are no longer accessible on the live web, you can use these archived websites to study the history of the organizations and people that created these sites. For instance, if you want to know and study what the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) was working on in the late 2010s, their web archives would be a good place to start, in addition to their other archival records which you can access by request in the Distinctive Collections Reading Room.

Learn More About the “Scope of the Collections” and “Accessing the web Archives” in the Complete Post

See Also: Introducing “Distinctive Collections” at MIT Libraries; New Name For Institute Archives And Special Collections

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