The Institute Archives & Special Collections are housed in the Fixman Room on the 3rd floor of Folsom Library. Archival collections provide documentation of the development and growth of the Institute. Materials include: records of the presidents and senior administrators, Board of Trustees minutes, department records, and campus publications.
Special collections – manuscripts and rare books – focus on nineteenth and early twentieth century science and technology. Subject areas include civil engineering, especially bridge, canal, and railroad design and construction; mechanics and mechanical engineering; geology; chemistry; physics; mathematics; and architecture. Among the department’s collections are the materials of John and Washington Roebling, Eben Norton Horsford, Amos Eaton, George Low’s NASA papers, and the Gerald and Sue Friedman History of Geology Rare Book Collection.