Libraries' catalog (Barton)
call numbers follow the citations; a search by call number will
give all MIT Libraries locations. Sources without call numbers are
available in the Institute Archives reading room, if not otherwise
Stratton, Julius A., and Loretta H. Mannix. Mind and Hand: The Birth of MIT. Cambridge, MIT Press, 2005.
[An account of the origins, founding, and
early years of MIT.]
Francis E. M.I.T. in Perspective: A Pictorial History
of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, 1975.
[The only general history of MIT. Though missing
the last quarter of the 20th century, it gives a good overview of
Samuel C. When M.I.T. Was "Boston Tech," 1861-1916.
Cambridge, Mass.: Technology Press, 1954.
[The story of MIT's early history, up to the
move to Cambridge. A relatively easy read.]
documents of MIT,
[Digital copies of important historical MIT
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,
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.
move from Boston to Cambridge in June 1916.
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.
John S. “A Century of Technology.”
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1961.
[A reprint of a special supplement appearing
in Technique, 1961.]
125 Years. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT,
[A booklet produced by MIT’s Quasquicentennial
Committee and the Alumni Association giving a brief history of
MIT and a timeline.]
and MIT: Chronologies. Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Museum; Office of Government and Community Relations;
Public Service Center; Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office, 1992.
[Booklet depicting the timeline on the platform
of the Kendall/MIT Redline T stop.]
Ideas and Voices from MIT. "History and Culture,"
[Information and links divided into "Tools
of History," "Through a Cultural Lens," and "MIT's
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Guttig, John V. Guttag ed. The Electron and the Bit: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1902-2002. Cambridge, Mass.: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, MIT, 2005.
[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 Electical Engineering.]
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.
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.
Donald L. M. The MIT Center for International Studies: The
Founding Years, 1951-1969. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Center
for International Studies, 2002.
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.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: One Hundred Years.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Department of Ocean Engineering, 2000.
Simson. Architects of the Information Society: 35 Years
of the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999.
Eva C., ed. MIT
Lincoln Laboratory: Technology in the National Interest.
Lexington, Mass.: Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of
Samuel A. Of Microbes and Molecules: Food Technology, Nutrition
and Applied Biology at M.I.T., 1873-1988. Trumbull, Conn.:
Food & Nutrition Press, 1995.
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.
J. Francis. Numerical Control: Making a New Technology. New
York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
[Servomechanisms Laboratory/Electronic Systems
Michael B. Metallurgy and Materials Science and Engineering
at MIT: 1865-1988. Cambridge, Mass.:
Stewart. The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT.
New York: Penguin Books, 1988.
John Andrew. "William Robert Ware and the Beginnings of
Architectural Education in the United States, 1861-1881."
Ph.D. dissertation, MIT, 1986.
Karl. A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science at MIT, 1882-1982. Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Press, 1985.
History of Electrical Engineering at MIT, with Professor
Karl Wildes and John Fitch [videorecording].
Engineering at M.I.T.: The First 25 Years. Cambridge, Mass.:
Klaus. "Music at M.I.T.: A Short History of Music at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology." Unpublished, 1980.
Kent C., and Thomas M. Smith. Project Whirlwind: The History
of a Pioneer Computer. Bedford, Mass.: Digital Press, 1980.
Improbable Achievement: Chemical Engineering at MIT. Cambridge,
Mass.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1979.
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.
1946 + 20. Cambridge, Mass.: Research Laboratory of Electronics,
[Essays on the history of the lab by its directors
Caroline. Massachusetts Institute of Technology School
of Architecture and Planning, 1861-1961: A Hundred Year Chronicle.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1963.
History of the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at the M.I.T.,
1865-1933. Cambridge, Mass.: Technology
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Terms of the presidents and links to brief
Inaugural Addresses of MIT Presidents
William Barton Rogers
Life and Letters of William Barton Rogers, edited
by his wife [Emma Savage Rogers]. 2 vols. Boston and New York: Houghton,
John Daniel Runkle
“John Daniel Runkle and His Share in the Development
of Technology.” Technique 1901, pp. 37-59.
H. W. “John Daniel Runkle, 1822-1902.” Technology
Review 4 (July 1902): 277-306.
Munroe, James Phinney. A Life of Francis Amasa Walker.
New York: Henry Holt, 1923.
“President Crafts to the Alumni,” Annual Dinner,
December 29, 1899. Technology Review 2 (January 1900): 30-39.
James Mason. “Address on Behalf of the Faculty.”
Technology Review 3 (January 1901): 36-49.
[Address at the inauguration of Henry Smith
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.
Flexner, Abraham. Henry S. Pritchett, a Biography.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1943.
Inaugural address, June 7, 1909. Technology Review
11 (1909): 327-334.
Pearson, Henry Greenleaf. Richard Cockburn
Maclaurin: President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
1909-1920. New York: Macmillan, 1937.
Ernest Fox Nichols
Inaugural address, June 8, 1921. Technology Review
23 (1921): 321-326.
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
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.: Undergraduate Association,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1955.
Inaugural address, June 6, 1930. Technology Review
32 (July 1930): 436-438, 465-466.
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
KTC’s death]. Technology Review 57 (November
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.
Killian, James Rhyne. The Education
of a College President: A Memoir. Cambridge, Mass.:
MIT Press, 1985.
[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,
Killian Memorial Service booklet [includes excerpts of
Julius Adams Stratton
Science and the Educated Man: Selected
Speeches of Julius A. Stratton, with a foreword by Elting
E. Morison. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1966.
Inaugural address, June 15, 1959. Technology Review
61 (July 1959): 475-479.
[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
Obituary. MIT Tech Talk,
June 29, 1994. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/tt/1994/jun29/37367.html
“In Memoriam.” Research
Laboratory of Electronics web page
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.
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.
[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
Random Walk through the Twentieth Century.” [electronic
resource] Cambridge: MIT, 1996.
CDROM T171.M422.R38 1996
[About the life and contributions of Jerome
B. Wiesner, 1915-1994]
Walter A., ed. Jerry Wiesner: Scientist, Statesman,
Humanist: Memories and Memoirs. Cambridge, Mass.:
MIT Press, 2003.
[Recently published book consisting of an
unfinished memoir of MIT’s 13th president, and others’
Obituary. MIT News Office, October
“In Memoriam.” Research
Laboratory of Electronics web page
Jerome Wiesner Memorial Service booklet
excerpts of comments].
Laya Wiesner Memorial Service booklet [includes
excerpts of comments].
Paul Edward Gray
Paul Gray Years.” MIT
Spectrum, Spring 1990.
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,
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 Prespective 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.
Tech Talk, May 15, 1991, pp. 9-10. and
Watts, Lisa. “Priorities for the
New President.” Technology Review 93 (November-December1990):
[Interviews with faculty regarding Vest appointment.]
Manning, Kenneth R., ed. MIT: Shaping the
Future. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1991.
[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 October 2004. [http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262220725]
1990-2004: The Vest Years. [Timeline.]
MIT News Office.
Inaugural address, May 6, 2005
Keynote address, Massachusetts Energy Summit, December 13, 2006
Link to other speeches and essays, biographical information, news articles
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from collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections
about sports, summer excursions, exams, theatricals, and more...
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.]
T. F. Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.
Rosalind H. Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological
Change. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.
[Current STS Department Head and former Dean
of Undergraduates Williams reflects on the changing culture of MIT.]
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.]
Pepper, The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001.
[An undergraduate's view of life at MIT.]
Ira, and Tiffany Fulton-Pearson, eds., "Is This The Way
To Baker House?" A Compendium of MIT Hacking Lore. Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Museum, MIT, 1996.
Fred. Up the Infinite Corridor: MIT and the Technical
Imagination. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1993.
[A look into the creative mindset of MIT.
The author uses some MIT research to follow the thinking of MIT
faculty, staff and students.]
Brian M. The Journal of the Institute for Hacks, Tomfoolery
& Pranks at MIT. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Museum, 1990.
Mark. Designing MIT: Bosworth's New Tech. Boston:
Northeastern University Press, 2004.
Nancy E. Building Stata: The Design and Construction
of Frank O. Gehry's Stata Center at MIT. Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Press, 2004.
O. Robert. MIT Campus Planning, 1960-2000: An Annotated
Chronology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, Office of the Executive
Vice President, 2001.
[A chronicle of campus building in the latter
half of the 20th century, written by long-time MIT planner Robert
Housing 1916-1997: A Chronology of Events, Reports and Other Publications.
in Cambridge, Mass.: Past, Present and Future.” [videorecording]
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Planning Office, 1994.
VIDEO T171.M423.M573 1994
and Architecture at MIT: A Walking Tour of the Campus.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, Committee on the Visual Arts, 1988.
Sculpture at MIT. [A
walking tour -
Public art collection map (pdf)]
Juan Marcos. “A Historical and Social Assessment
of the Main Academic Buildings on the M.I.T. Campus.”
on MIT Buildings Around Killian Court
maps of Boston and Cambridge MIT campuses
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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, May 3, 2006
[The Task Force was charged with exploring how MIT can help meet the global energy challenge]
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. Cambridge: Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, 2002.
Joshua, and Kenneth R. Manning, eds. Asking the Right
Questions: A Colloquium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, School
of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Cambridge,
Mass.: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT, 2001.
Force on Student Life and Learning. Final report, 1998.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1998.
[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.]
The Impact of Innovation: Bank Boston Special Report, 1997.
Report of the ROTC Task Force, March 1996.
Michael L., Richard K. Lester, and Robert M. Solow. Made
in America: Regaining the Productive Edge. Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Press,1989.
[Report of the MIT Commission on Industrial
Renewal in a Time of Crisis. Report of the Commission on MIT Education,
[The Commission, which included 8 faculty
members and 4 students, looked broadly at education and society,
including undergraduate education at MIT.]
Jonathan, ed. March 4: Scientists, Students, and Society.
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1970.
[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.]
Benson R. The Hidden Curriculum. Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Press, 1973.
[Based on interviews with MIT undergraduate
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.
Review Panel on Special Laboratories (aka Pounds Panel).
Final Report, October, 1969. Cambridge, 1969.
[The Panel was formed in April 1969 to examine
relationships between MIT and Lincoln Lab and MIT and the Instrumentation
Committee on Educational Survey (aka Lewis Committee).
Report to the Faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cambridge, Mass.: Technology Press, MIT, 1949.
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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, Mass.:
to Equality in Academia: Women in Computer Science at M.I.T.”
Cambridge, Mass, 1983.
Evelyn Fox. “New Faces in Science and Technology:
A Study of Women Students at M.I.T.” 1981.
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.
Susan Lippman. “100 Years of Women at MIT; Preliminary
Report of a Survey of Former M.I.T. Women Sudents.”
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1973.
and the Scientific Professions: The MIT Symposium on American Women
in Science and Engineering. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT
Women. Compiled by the Registration Committee, M.I.T. Women's
Association. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1916.
Swallow Richards (MIT's first female graduate, 1873).
Clarence G. Technology and the Dream: Reflections on
the Black Experience at MIT, 1941-1999. Cambridge,
Mass.: MIT Press, 2001.
[Result of hundreds of oral history interviews.
This large volume includes interviews with students, alumni/ae,
faculty, and staff. CD-ROM includes interviews in addition to those
in the book. See also Blacks
at MIT Project, from which this book resulted.]
Robinson Taylor (MIT's first black graduate, 1892).
AND WORLD WARS I and II
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Building 20: The Magical Incubator.” [videorecording]
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1998.
VIDEO T171.M4238.B86 1998
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.
Years at the Radiation Laboratory. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1991.
[Originally presented to members of the Radiation
Laboratory by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1946.]
Henry. Radar in World War II. 2 vols. Los Angeles:
Tomash; New York: American Institute of Physics, 1987.
John E. Q. E. D.; M. I. T. in World War II.
New York: J. Wiley, 1948.
War Record. Cambridge, Mass., 1920.
[Published by the War Records Committee of the Alumni Association
of the Massachusetts of Technology.]
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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 Archives, collection number MC 86.
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.
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.
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.
Alumnae Oral History Collection. Ongoing.
Institute Archives, collection number MC 356.
to other MIT-related oral histories, both at MIT and elsewhere,
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[Good source of up-to-date information about faculty achievements
and awards, local and global--Killian Award, Edgerton Award, Nobel
Libraries Virtual Reference Collection
[Links to reliable dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, and
other reference materials on the web.]
[Video of a variety of presentations, symposia, etc., at MIT.]