Registrar's Toolkit

The following web pages outline MIT Museum policies guiding the acquisition of new objects into the collection and the conditions for both incoming and outgoing loans between the museum and other institutions, organizations, and MIT departments.

The Museum’s complete Collections Manual is available for download as a PDF. This document contains policies governing management of MIT Museum Collections. These policies are subject to comprehensive review every three years; however, recommendations for changes or additions may be made at any time to the Collections Manager and, upon approval from the Director, the policies will be revised and updated.

This resource has been instrumental to museum studies students interested in collection management and to professional colleagues seeking a model to replicate.

For more information, contact or 617-253-4266.

Download the Collections Manual (PDF)

The Collections Manual includes:

  • Mission Statement and History
  • The Permanent Collections
     (including descriptor of five collections areas)
  • MIT Museum Code of Ethics
  • Acquisition Policy
  • Deaccession Policy
  • Loan Policy
  • Collections Care