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Holography Collection

The MIT Holography Collection is the world’s largest and most comprehensive holography collection documenting the history of holography from its inception in the late 1940s. Historic holograms include the first reflection holograms, the first laser transmission hologram, and the first white light transmission hologram, created by MIT professor Stephen Benton, a pioneer in the field…

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Two color reflection hologram of woman's head reclined with face…

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Harold E. Edgerton Collection

The Edgerton Digital Collections project celebrates the spirit of a great pioneer, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, inventor, entrepreneur, explorer, and beloved MIT professor. This site is for all who share Doc Edgerton’s philosophy of “Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!”

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Polaroid Historical Collection

Cameras, prototypes, photographs, notes, and more comprise the museum’s Polaroid collection, documenting the history of the Polaroid Corporation, started by Cambridge scientist and inventor Edwin Land in small brick buildings just around the corner from the MIT Museum.

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