Guide to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture Curricula, 1866-1942
AC.0475

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture
Title
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture curricula
ID
AC.0475
Date [inclusive]
1866-1942
Extent
0.5 cubic feet (1 manuscript box, 1 flat box)
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English

Citation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture Curricula, AC 475, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Historical note

The first architecture faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was William R. Ware, appointed in the fall of 1865 to plan the curriculum of the first architecture school in the United States. Funds were supplied partly by MIT and partly from private sources for William Ware to visit Europe to examine educational programs and purchase supplies; thus classes were not held until October 1868.

In 1932 the School of Architecture was established as part of the general academic reorganization of the Institute proposed by President Karl T. Compton. It consisted of the Department of Architecture and later the Department of City Planning (now Urban Studies and Planning).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

A notable item in this collection is a document of 1866, Outline of a Course of Architectural Instruction, a pamphlet containing William R. Ware’s early plans for an architecture curriculum in the beginning years of the Massachsetts Institute of Technology.

The curricula collection was assembled from a variety of sources in the MIT Libraries. More complete information about classes in all years can be found in the Annual Catalog of the Institute.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections

MIT Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
617.253.5690
mithistory@mit.edu

Revision Description

  2009

Access note

The collection is open for research.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the creating office.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Massachusetts Department of Architecture reports, Institute Archives and Special Collections, AC 260.

Massachusetts School of Architecture and Planning, Architecture Education Study records, Institute Archives and Special Collections, AC 108.

Massachusetts School of Architecture and Planning, Office of the Dean records, Institute Archives and Special Collections, AC 400.

Massachusetts Department of Urban Studies and Planning curricula. Institute Archives and Special Collections, AC 377.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture

Personal Name(s)

  • Ware, William R. (William Robert), 1832-1915

Subject(s)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Curricula.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--History.

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Bibliography

Shillaber, Caroline. Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning, 1861-1961: a hundred year chronicle. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963.

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Collection Inventory

Box

An Outline of a Course of Architectural Instruction, by William R. Ware 1866 

1

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Course descriptions 1883-1884 

1

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Catalog of the Library of the Department of Architecture 1892 

1

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Notes on perspective circa 1893 

1

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Landscape Architecture, preliminary announcement circa 1900 

1

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Notes on the drafting of masonry structures 1921 

1

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Outline of a course in land economics, Ec 85 circa 1935 

1

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Surveys and graphs of current and proposed curriculum 1890-1942 

2

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