Supporting MIT Black History

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As stewards of your financial gifts, the MIT Black History Project strives to improve and build on the enormous contributions of resources, effort, and time invested by many individuals and entities at MIT.


An endeavor like the Blacks at MIT History Project welcomes input from all walks of life. Our mission is to weave a continuous living fabric of moments that reveal the genius of individuals working in the sciences, engineering, and other disciplines for which the Institute is known. 

We are especially grateful for the full support of this project from former MIT president L. Rafael Reif and two previous presidents in memoriam, Charles M. Vest and Paul E. Gray. The MIT Provost and staff have also provided invaluable support. BAMIT membership has and continues to enthusiastically support the project’s goals by providing capital resources, time, and advice. In this regard, we are respectfully thankful for Reginald Van Lee and Shirley A. Jackson, who serve as the project’s senior advisors.

Capital Giving

MIT has created an account to which individuals, companies, and others may donate funds that will go directly toward web-archive maintenance and research costs. To make a donation, please visit the MIT Black History Project Capital Giving Fund [#3839050].

Among the gifts that African Americans have contributed to the Institute are lessons in strategies of [civic] engagement.
- Deborah Douglas, MIT Museum Director of Collections, Science and Technology

In-Kind Support

We invite the MIT community and our extended family to look in your personal and professional collections for relevant materials related to your own experience at the Institute. The MIT Black History Project welcomes artifacts, photos, audio, video, documents, publications, and brief original narratives. Materials compiled for the project will form the nucleus of a permanent, ongoing resource for general reference and research on the black experience at MIT and in higher education, for future scholarly work, for policy studies, and for a variety of curricular and educational projects.

Contribute to the MIT Black History Project archives

If you have an artifact (document, photograph, video, or audio) that you believe the project should consider for its collection, please contact us or fill out our MIT Black History Citizen Archive form