Open to all, the ACT Archives and Special Collections Department collects, preserves, and fosters the use of unique and rare materials related to

  • The Center for  Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS),
  • György Kepes,
  • Muriel Cooper’s Visible Language Workshop (VLW),
  • The MIT Visual Arts Program (VAP),
  • The Experimental Music Studio (EMS),
  • February School, and
  • The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT).

As a research hub for a worldwide audience of scholarly and creative patrons, we seek to inspire new investigations, research, curation, and experimentation in art-science-technology topics for a diverse community of users.

In alignment with the ACT mission, the ACT archivist stewards the repository’s rich collections by acquiring, cataloging, preserving, sharing, and digitizing materials to maximize their use.

ACT hosts research appointments by advance email reservation, and also supports remote reference inquiries by phone or email. For more information, contact actreference@mit.edu or see ACT’s Reading Room and Research Policies.

Other Collections

Materials concerning these collections exist throughout MIT and may be found at the Department of Distinctive Collections at the MIT Libraries and the MIT Museum.

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