Detailed MIT History Bibliography

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HISTORY (General)

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Philip N. Alexander. A Widening Sphere: Evolving Cultures at MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011.
How MIT’s first nine presidents helped transform the Institute from a small technical school into a major research university.
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David Kaiser, ed. Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision. Cambridge, Mass.:  MIT Press, 2010.
Essays on crucial decisions that influenced the evolution of MIT.
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Angulo, A. J. William Barton Rogers and the Idea of MIT. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
An exploration of the educational philosophy of MIT’s founder.
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Stratton, Julius A., and Loretta H. Mannix. Mind and Hand: The Birth of MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005.
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An account of the origins, founding, and early years of MIT.

Wylie, Francis E. M.I.T. in Perspective: A Pictorial History of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boston: Little, Brown, 1975.
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The only general history of MIT. Though missing the last quarter of the 20th century, it gives a good overview of the Institute.

Prescott, Samuel C. When M.I.T. Was “Boston Tech,” 1861-1916. Cambridge, Mass.: Technology Press, 1954.
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The story of MIT’s early history, up to the move to Cambridge. A relatively easy read.

Founding documents of MIT
Digital copies of important historical MIT documents

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; A Brief Account of Its Foundation, Character, and Equipment. Boston: Published by the Institute for use at the St. Louis Exposition, 1904.
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Bruce, James L. “The Rogers Building and Huntington Hall.” Proceedings of the Bostonian Society and Report of the Annual Meeting, January 21, 1941, pp. 29-38.

MIT’s move from Boston to Cambridge in June 1916:

  • Special issue of MIT’s alumni magazine containing photographs and text about the move. Technology Review 18 (July 1916).
  • Souvenir Program. Dedication of Cambridge Campus, June 12-13, 1916.
  • Telephone Banquet.

Mid-century; The Social Implications of Scientific Progress. Verbatim account of the discussion held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the occasion of its Mid-century Convocation, March 31, April 1 and April 2, 1949. Edited and annotated by John E. Burchard. Published jointly by the Technology Press, Cambridge, and Wiley, New York, 1950.
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Mid-Century Convocation, 1949.

Maslanka, John S. “A Century of Technology.” Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961.
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A reprint of a special supplement appearing in Technique, 1961.

MIT 125 Years. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986.
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A booklet produced by MIT’s Quasquicentennial Committee and the Alumni Association giving a brief history of MIT and a timeline.

Cambridge and MIT: Chronologies. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Museum; Office of Government and Community Relations; Public Service Center; Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office, 1992.
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Booklet depicting the timeline on the platform of the Kendall/MIT Red Line T stop.

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HISTORY (Departments/Programs)

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Guttig, John V. , ed. The Electron and the Bit: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1902-2002. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, 2005.
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A collection of materials assembled in honor of the centennial of the department, tied together by text written by Paul Penfield, Dugald Jackson Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Mattill, John. The Flagship Diversified, 1991-2004: The David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, MIT, 2004.

Abelmann, Walter H., ed. The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology: The First 25 Years 1970-1995. Cambridge, Mass.: Distributed by the Harvard University Press, 2004.
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Blackmer, Donald L. M. The MIT Center for International Studies: The Founding Years, 1951-1969. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Center for International Studies, 2002.
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Levey, Debbie, ed. The Only Constant Is Change: 135 Years of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Millennium Colloquium and Alumni Day, March 19-22, 2000. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2000.

XIII-A, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: One Hundred Years. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Department of Ocean Engineering, 2000.
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Garfinkel, Simson. Architects of the Information Society: 35 Years of the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999.
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Freeman, Eva C., ed. MIT Lincoln Laboratory: Technology in the National Interest. Lexington, Mass.: Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995.
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Goldblith, Samuel A. Of Microbes and Molecules: Food Technology, Nutrition and Applied Biology at M.I.T., 1873-1988. Trumbull, Conn.: Food & Nutrition Press, 1995.
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Mattill, John. The Flagship: The M.I.T. School of Chemical Engineering Practice, 1916-1991. Cambridge, Mass.: David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, MIT, 1991.
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Reintjes, J. Francis. Numerical Control: Making a New Technology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
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Servomechanisms Laboratory/Electronic Systems Laboratory.

Bever, Michael B. Metallurgy and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT: 1865-1988. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988.
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Brand, Stewart. The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT. New York: Penguin Books, 1988.
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Chewning, John Andrew. “William Robert Ware and the Beginnings of Architectural Education in the United States, 1861-1881.” Ph.D. dissertation, MIT, 1986.
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Wildes, Karl. A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, 1882-1982. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1985.
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The History of Electrical Engineering at MIT, with Professor Karl Wildes and John Fitch [videorecording].
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Nuclear Engineering at M.I.T.: The First 25 Years. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984.
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Liepmann, Klaus. “Music at M.I.T.: A Short History of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” Unpublished, 1980.
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Redmond, Kent C., and Thomas M. Smith. Project Whirlwind: The History of a Pioneer Computer. Bedford, Mass.: Digital Press, 1980.
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The Improbable Achievement: Chemical Engineering at MIT. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979.
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Shrock, Robert Rakes. Geology at M.I.T., 1865-1965: A History of the First Hundred Years of Geology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1977.
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R.L.E.: 1946 + 20. Cambridge, Mass.: Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT, 1966.
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Essays on the history of the lab by its directors and staff.

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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A History of the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at the M.I.T., 1865-1933. Cambridge, Mass.: Technology Press, 1933.
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MIT PRESIDENTS

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Terms of the presidents and links to brief biographies
History of the Office of the President

Inaugural Addresses of MIT Presidents

William Barton Rogers

Angulo, A. J. William Barton Rogers and the Idea of MIT. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
An exploration of the educational philosophy of MIT’s founder.
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Life and Letters of William Barton Rogers, edited by his wife [Emma Savage Rogers]. 2 vols. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1896.
Find it at the MIT Libraries. | Full text online

John Daniel Runkle
“John Daniel Runkle and His Share in the Development of Technology.” Technique 1901, pp. 37-59.

Tyler, H. W. “John Daniel Runkle, 1822-1902.” Technology Review 4 (July 1902): 277-306.

Francis Amasa Walker
Munroe, James Phinney. A Life of Francis Amasa Walker. New York: Henry Holt, 1923.
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James Mason Crafts
“President Crafts to the Alumni,” Annual Dinner, December 29, 1899. Technology Review 2 (January 1900): 30-39.

Crafts, James Mason. “Address on Behalf of the Faculty.” Technology Review 3 (January 1901): 36-49.
Address at the inauguration of Henry Smith Pritchett.

[MIT Corporation’s] Memorial to President Crafts. Technology Review 20 (January 1918): 58.

Henry Smith Pritchett
Inaugural address
, “The Educated Man and the State,” October 24, 1900. Technology Review 3 (1901): 55-74. [Text online]

Flexner, Abraham. Henry S. Pritchett, a Biography. New York: Columbia University Press, 1943.

Richard Cockburn Maclaurin
Inaugural address
, June 7, 1909. Technology Review 11 (1909): 327-334. [Text online]

Pearson, Henry Greenleaf. Richard Cockburn Maclaurin: President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1909-1920. New York: Macmillan, 1937.
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Ernest Fox Nichols
Inaugural address
, June 8, 1921. Technology Review 23 (1921): 321-326. [Text online]

Samuel Wesley Stratton
“The Effect of Science in the Evolution of Industry,”
May 11, 1923. Technology Review 25 (July 1923): 421-423.

Karl Taylor Compton
Inaugural address
, June 6, 1930. Technology Review 32 (July 1930): 436-438, 465-466.
[Text online]

Compton, Karl T. A Scientist Speaks; excerpts from addresses by Karl Taylor Compton during the years 1930-1949 when he was president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Mass.:  MIT Undergraduate Association, 1955.
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Stratton, Julius A. “Karl Taylor Compton: Educator and Administrator.” Technology Review 57 (December 1954): 85-86.

Killian, James R., Jr. “Karl Taylor Compton: The Man.” Technology Review 57 (December 1954): 87-88, 116, 118.

Resolutions of the MIT Corporation [on Karl Taylor Compton’s death]. Technology Review 57 (November 1954): 12.

James Rhyne Killian
Inaugural address
, “Obligations and Ideals of an Institute of Technology,” April 2, 1949. Technology Review 51 (May 1949): 429-432, 434, 436, 438, 440. [Text online]

Killian, James Rhyne. The Education of a College President: A Memoir. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1985.
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Memoir of MIT’s 10th president and his excursions into the public sector.

Killian, James Rhyne. Sputnik, Scientists, and Eisenhower: A Memoir of the First Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1982.
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James Killian Memorial Service booklet [includes excerpts of comments].

Julius Adams Stratton
Inaugural address
, June 15, 1959. Technology Review 61 (July 1959): 475-479. [Text online]

Science and the Educated Man: Selected Speeches of Julius A. Stratton, with a foreword by Elting E. Morison. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1966.
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Includes his inaugural address delivered June 15, 1959; Centennial Convocation address delivered at MIT, April 9, 1961; and several MIT commencement speeches; as well as speeches outside the Institute.

Obituary. MIT News Office, June 29, 1994.

“In Memoriam” in  Research Laboratory of Electronics newsletter
RLE Currents 7, no. 2 (Spring 1994), p. 23

Julius Stratton Memorial Service booklet [includes excerpts of comments].

Howard Wesley Johnson
Inaugural address
, “The University of the Future,” October 7, 1966. Technology Review 69 (November 1966): 19-21, 24. Also Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Office of Public Relations, 1966.
[Text online]
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Warsh, David. A Tribute to MIT’s Howard Johnson.” Boston Globe article, June 1, 1999.

Johnson, Howard Wesley. Holding the Center: Memoirs of a Life in Higher Education. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999.
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Autobiography of MIT’s 12th president with particular attention to his and MIT’s coping with issues surrounding the Vietnam War. Book contains biographical index to MIT names.

Jerome Bert Wiesner
Inaugural address
, “Science, Technology and the Quality of Life,” October 7, 1971. Technology Review74 (December 1971): 15-18. [Text online]

“A Random Walk through the Twentieth Century.” [Electronic resource] Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996.
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About the life and contributions of Jerome B. Wiesner, 1915-1994

Rosenblith, Walter A., ed. Jerry Wiesner: Scientist, Statesman, Humanist: Memories and Memoirs. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.
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An unfinished memoir of MIT’s 13th president, and others’ reminiscences.

Obituary. MIT News Office, October 26, 1994.

Jerome Wiesner Memorial Service booklet [includes excerpts of comments].

Laya Wiesner Memorial Service booklet [includes excerpts of comments].

Paul Edward Gray
Inaugural address
, “Preserving Our Focus and Transforming Our Programs,” September 26, 1980. Technology Review 83 (November-December 1980): A10-A13. Also in The Sun Shines on Our 14th President. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Alumni Association, 1980. [Text online]

“The Paul Gray Years.” MIT Spectrum, Spring 1990.

“Remembering the Paul Gray Years.” Technology Review 94 (January 1991): MIT11-MIT17.

MIT Corporation Chairman Paul E. Gray to Complete Service as Chairman in June 1997, Will Continue to Teach and Advise Undergraduates.” MIT News Office, June 7, 1996.

“A Perspective on Change: An Interview with Paul Gray, ’54.” Technology Review 100 (July 1997): MIT1-MIT5.
Interviewed by Susan Lewis, Technology Review senior editor.

Charles Marstiller Vest

Inaugural address, May 10, 1991. MIT News Office, May 15, 1991, pp. 9-10.

Watts, Lisa. “Priorities for the New President.” Technology Review 93 (November-December 1990): MIT9-MIT19.
Interviews with faculty regarding Vest appointment.

Manning, Kenneth R., ed. MIT: Shaping the Future. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1991.
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Collection of essays commemorating the inauguration of President Vest.

Profile. The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, May 28, 2000.

Profile, list of speeches and interviews. MIT News Office.

Vest, Charles M. Pursuing the Endless Frontier: Essays on MIT and the Role of Research Universities. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004.
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MIT 1990-2004: The Vest Years. [Timeline.] MIT News Office.

Susan Hockfield

Inaugural address, May 6, 2005.

Keynote address, Massachusetts Energy Summit, December 13, 2006.

Link to other speeches and essays, biographical information, news articles.

L. Raphael Reif

Inaugural address, September 21, 2012.

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MIT CULTURE

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For exhibits in the Institute Archives and Special Collections about sports, summer excursions, exams, theatricals, and more, see Exhibits by Subject.

Keyser, Samuel Jay. Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011.
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Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Keyser has written an entertaining memoir of his academic and administrative adventures at MIT.

Garvin, Robert V. We Were Young Then: The Founding of the MIT Rugby Club. The MIT Rugby Club, 2004. [Available through the MIT Press Bookstore.]

Peterson, T. F. Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.
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MIT Hack Gallery.

Williams, Rosalind H. Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.
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Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology and former Dean of Undergraduates, Williams reflects on the changing culture of MIT.

Onorato, Joseph, and Mark Schupack. Tech Model Railroad Club at MIT: The First Fifty Years. Tech Model Railroad Club, 2002. [Available through the MIT Press Bookstore.]

White, Pepper. The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001.
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An undergraduate’s view of life at MIT.

Haverson, Ira, and Tiffany Fulton-Pearson, eds., Is This The Way To Baker House? A Compendium of MIT Hacking Lore. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Museum, 1996.
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Hapgood, Fred. Up the Infinite Corridor: MIT and the Technical Imagination. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1993.
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A look into the creative mindset of MIT. The author uses some MIT research to follow the thinking of MIT faculty, staff and students.

Leibowitz, Brian M. The Journal of the Institute for Hacks, Tomfoolery & Pranks at MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Museum, 1990.
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MIT SPACES

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Mitchell, William J. Imagining MIT: Designing a Campus for the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2007, 2011.
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The story of the evolution of the MIT campus, culminating in major works of architecture by Charles Correa, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Fumihiko Maki, and Kevin Roche.

Jarzombek, Mark. Designing MIT: Bosworth’s New Tech. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.
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Joyce, Nancy E. Building Stata: The Design and Construction of Frank O. Gehry’s Stata Center at MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004.
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Simha, O. Robert. MIT Campus Planning, 1960-2000: An Annotated Chronology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, Office of the Executive Vice President, 2001.
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A chronicle of campus building in the latter half of the 20th century, written by long-time MIT planner Robert Simha.

MIT Housing 1916-1997: A Chronology of Events, Reports and Other Publications. 1998.

“MIT in Cambridge, Mass.: Past, Present and Future.” [videorecording] Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Planning Office, 1994.
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Art and Architecture at MIT: A Walking Tour of the Campus. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, Committee on the Visual Arts, 1988.
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Outdoor Sculpture at MIT. A walking tourPublic art collection map (PDF)

Lawrence, Juan Marcos. “A Historical and Social Assessment of the Main Academic Buildings on the M.I.T. Campus.” 1981.
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Names on MIT Buildings Around Killian Court

Early maps of Boston and Cambridge MIT campuses

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REPORTS AND PROCEEDINGS

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MIT Reports to the President
1994-present | 1911-1997

Faculty Reports

Report of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons to the President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 2006
This site includes a link to the full report as well as the background of the Task Force and related information.

Report of the Energy Research Council (PDF), May 3, 2006
The Task Force was charged with exploring how MIT can help meet the global energy challenge.

In the Public Interest: Report of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Access to and Disclosure of Scientific Information, appointed by the Provost and the Chair of the Faculty (PDF). Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002.
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Cohen, Joshua, and Kenneth R. Manning, eds. Asking the Right Questions: A Colloquium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Cambridge: MIT, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001.
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Task Force on Student Life and Learning. Final report, 1998. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1998.
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The Task Force was charged with a review of the educational mission of MIT from its founding; included are graduate student, undergraduate, and faculty perspectives.

MIT: The Impact of Innovation: BankBoston Economic Department Special Report. Boston: BankBoston, 1997.
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Final Report of the ROTC Task Force, March 1996.

Dertouzos, Michael L., Richard K. Lester, and Robert M. Solow. Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press,1989.
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Report of the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity.

Creative Renewal in a Time of Crisis. Report of the Commission on MIT Education, November 1970.
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The Commission, which included 8 faculty members and 4 students, looked broadly at education and society, including undergraduate education at MIT.

Allen, Jonathan, ed. March 4: Scientists, Students, and Society. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1970.
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A record of a series of talks and panel discussions sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists at MIT and held on March 3 and 4, 1969.

Snyder, Benson R. The Hidden Curriculum. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1973.
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Based on interviews with MIT undergraduate students.

Government Supported Research at MIT, an Historical Survey beginning with World War II, the Origins of the Instrumentation and Lincoln Laboratories, a staff report prepared for reference purposes. Office of the Chairman of the Corporation, May 1969.

MIT. Review Panel on Special Laboratories (aka Pounds Panel). Final Report, October, 1969. Cambridge, 1969.
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The Panel was formed in April 1969 to examine relationships between MIT and Lincoln Lab and MIT and the Instrumentation Lab.

MIT Committee on Educational Survey (aka Lewis Committee). Report to the Faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: Technology Press, 1949.
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History of the Committee on Educational Survey

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DIVERSITY

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Report on the Initiative for Faculty Race and Diversity, 2010

A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT: how a committee on women faculty came to be established by the Dean of the School of Science, what the committee and the Dean learned and accomplished, and recommendations for the future. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999.
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“Barriers to Equality in Academia: Women in Computer Science at M.I.T.” Cambridge, Mass., 1983.
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Keller, Evelyn Fox. “New Faces in Science and Technology: A Study of Women Students at M.I.T.” 1981.
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Ruina, Edith. Women in Science and Technology: A Report on the Workshop on Women in Science and Technology, held May 21, 22, and 23, 1973, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge, Mass.: Distributed by the MIT Press, 1973.
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Kannenberg, Susan Lippman. “100 Years of Women at MIT; Preliminary Report of a Survey of Former M.I.T. Women Sudents.” Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1973.
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Women and the Scientific Professions: The MIT Symposium on American Women in Science and Engineering. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1967.
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Technology Women. Compiled by the Registration Committee, M.I.T. Women’s Association. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1916.
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Ellen Swallow Richards (MIT’s first female graduate, 1873).

Williams, Clarence G. Technology and the Dream: Reflections on the Black Experience at MIT, 1941-1999. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001.
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Result of hundreds of oral history interviews. This large volume includes interviews with students, alumni/ae, faculty, and staff.

Robert Robinson Taylor (MIT’s first black graduate, 1892).

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MIT AND WORLD WARS I and II

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“MIT’s Building 20: The Magical Incubator.” [videorecording]
Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998.
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Celebrating the History of Building 20

Buderi, Robert. The Invention that Changed the World: How a Small Group of Radar Pioneers Won the Second World War and Launched a Technological Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
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Five Years at the Radiation Laboratory. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991.
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Originally presented to members of the Radiation Laboratory by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1946.

Guerlac, Henry. Radar in World War II. 2 vols. Los Angeles: Tomash; New York: American Institute of Physics, 1987.
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Burchard, John E. Q. E. D.; M. I. T. in World War II. New York: J. Wiley, 1948.
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Technology’s War Record. Cambridge, Mass., 1920.
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Published by the War Records Committee of the Alumni Association of the Massachusetts of Technology.

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ORAL HISTORIES

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Women in Science and Engineering. MIT Oral History Program, 1976-1977. Includes interviews with MIT professors Mildred Dresselhaus (now Institute Professor), Vera Kistiakowsky (now Professor Emerita), and Sheila Widnall (now Institute Professor).
Institute Archives, collection number MC 86.

Ocean Engineering. MIT Oral History Program, 1976-1977. Includes interviews with Arthur Baggeroer, Dean A. Horn, and Alfred A. H. Keil, key figures involved in Ocean Engineering at MIT.
Institute Archives, collection number MC 89.

Computers at MIT. MIT Oral History Program, 1976-1977. Includes interviews with MIT professors Jay W. Forrester and Harold L. Hazen about Project Whirlwind and related subjects.
Institute Archives, collection number MC 131.

Oral history project conducted in the 1980s by Walter A. Rosenblith (provost) and Elting Morison (historian) about developments at MIT after 1940. Includes interviews with Jerome Wiesner, H. Guyford Stever, James Killian, Francis Schmitt, Gordon Brown, Howard Johnson, Paul Gray, Manson Benedict, Harold Edgerton, and Jerrold Zacharias.
In the papers of Walter A. Rosenblith, Institute Archives, collection number MC 55.

MIT Alumnae Oral History Collection. Ongoing.
Institute Archives, collection number MC 356.

William R. Dickson (1935-2006), Class of 1956, Director of Physical Plant, then Senior Vice President.
Online transcripts of oral history interviews

Walter A. Rosenblith (1913-2002), Provost, Professor of Communications Biophysics, later Institute Professor.
Online transcripts of oral history interviews

Index to other MIT-related oral histories, both at MIT and elsewhere, at Oral History at MIT.

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INSTITUTE WEB RESOURCES

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News Office
Good source of up-to-date information about faculty achievements and awards, local and global: Killian Award, Edgerton Award, Nobel Prizes.

MIT Libraries Virtual Reference Collection
Links to reliable dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, and other reference materials on the web.

MIT World
Video of a variety of presentations, symposia, etc., at MIT.

MIT Press

MIT Museum