After 99 years in business, the
Alden design firm closed in 2008
and the plans were donated to the
Hart Nautical Collection of MIT
Museum. Most of the collection was
cataloged and scanned by the Alden
holding company under the
direction of Niels Helleberg, a
designer at Alden since 1971.
Helleberg continued providing
design and print services until
closing his office in January
With the opening of the new MIT Museum at Kendall, the museum is once again able to provide digital copies of Alden plans. However, plan orders will take
several months to fill due to the volume of pent-up demand. Requests sent after the museum opening (October 1, 2022) will be answered in the order received.
To speed up the process, please include the following information in your request: the Alden design number; how you will use the plans (i.e., restoring an existing vessel, building a new vessel, publication, research); and whether you would like a complete plan set or are looking for a specific detail. Digital copies of plans cost $15 apiece. Early Alden designs usually have 6 – 10 plans each; later designs can have between 15 and 30.