Copyright information

All works are owned and copyrighted by the artists. No material on this site may be reproduced without first contacting ACT with a specific request. Collection materials are copyrighted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unless otherwise noted.

If you are a CAVS Fellow, alumni, or believe you own the rights to any content on this site, please contact the ACT archivist if you would like to remove images from the site or have questions about how the content is used.

Use of MIT-owned materials

Permission to examine collection materials in person or remotely (by receiving transfers of digitized materials) does not imply or grant permission to publish or exhibit those materials. Permission to publish, exhibit, or otherwise use collection materials is granted on a case by case basis in accordance with MIT policy, restrictions that may have been placed on materials by donors or depositors, and copyright law. To request permission to publish, exhibit, or otherwise use collection materials, contact the Archivist. When permission is granted by MIT, patrons must comply with all guidelines provided by ACT for citations, credits, and copyright statements. Exclusive rights to examine or publish material will not be granted.

Accessing the full CAVS Special Collection

This website is a curated, cataloged subset of materials in the CAVS Special Collection. The print materials reside at the ACT Archives and Special Collections room on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Remote access: Reference requests

For patrons who are unable to arrange for an on-campus visit to the Archives and Special Collections, reference questions may be directed to the Archivist remotely by email or phone. Generally, emails and phone calls will receive a response within 72 hours of receipt. Requests are typically filled in the order they are received.

In-person access: Research appointments

The collection may be examined by arranging a research appointment in advance by contacting the ACT archivist by email or phone. ACT does not accept walk-in research patrons, although requests may be made in person at the Archivist’s office (E15-222). ACT recommends arranging appointments at least three weeks in advance in order to ensure availability. Appointment scheduling is subject to institute holidays and closings. 

Use of patron information

Patrons requesting collection materials in person or remotely may be asked to provide certain information to the Archivist, such as contact information and topic(s) of research. This information is only used to track requests for statistical evaluations of collection use and will not be disclosed to outside organizations for any purpose. ACT will endeavor to protect the privacy of all patrons accessing collections.


ACT reserves the right to charge an hourly rate for requests that require more than three hours of research on behalf of a patron (remote requests). Collection materials may be scanned and made available upon request, but digitization of certain materials may incur costs. Additionally, requests to publish, exhibit, or otherwise reproduce and display collection materials may incur use fees.