Guide to the Papers of Catherine N. Stratton
MC.0426

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator -
Stratton, Catherine N.
Title
Catherine N. Stratton papers
ID
MC.0426
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1957-1969
Date [inclusive]
1954-2014
Extent
2.6 cubic feet (1 record carton, 5 manuscript boxes)
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English

Citation

Catherine N. Stratton Papers, MC 426, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Biography

Catherine (Kay) Nelson Stratton (1914-2014) was the wife of Julius A. Stratton, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1959 to 1966. She was actively involved in social life and campus life at MIT for many years. She was instrumental in the growth of the visual arts at MIT, founding the MIT Art Committee in 1960 which led to formation of the MIT Council for the Arts in 1971. Catherine Stratton was also active in arts, education, and social programs outside MIT, serving as the visual arts chair of the New York City Cultural Council, as a member of the board of Bank Street College of Education in New York City, as a member of the National Board of the YWCA, and as a trustee of Lesley College in Cambridge, MA.

In 1988, Mrs. Stratton initiated an annual seminar called "Aging Successfully" to explore health topics of concern especially, but not exclusively, to an aging population. From its inception, this seminar has been co-sponsored by the MIT Women's League and MIT Medical. In 1994, when Mrs. Stratton celebrated her 80th birthday, the Women's League established in her honor an annual Lecture on Critical Issues, a panel discussion with experts in their fields that focuses on topics of global concern in the world today. Together the two seminars are known as the Catherine N. Stratton Lecture Series.

A fuller biographical description about Catherine Stratton can be found at: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/catherine-kay-stratton-obituary-0916

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains Catherine Stratton's correspondence and notes about social functions sponsored by Julius Stratton and his wife, Catherine Stratton, during the years 1959-1966 when Julius Stratton served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Social notebook files include working notes, correspondence, guest lists, menus, and invitations for functions. Most of the correspondence is from the MIT community, but there is interesting correspondence from others such as a letter from Andrew Wyeth to Catherine Stratton about the exhibit of his work in Hayden Gallery at MIT in 1960 (box 1).

In 1961, during the Stratton presidency, MIT celebrated the Centennial of its founding. There are files in the collection related to the planning of social events for faculty notably the Centennial Ball and Operation Mixer. There is also a later recollection written by Mrs. Stratton about the Centennial.

Of interest are the minutes and working notes of an Institute committee, the MIT Faculty Environment Committee, active in the years 1962-1964. Mrs. Stratton was a member of the committee which investigated the feasibility of MIT's providing housing services for faculty, and which conducted a housing survey.

As a faculty wife, Mrs. Stratton was a long-time member of the Technology Matrons (since 1975 known as the MIT Women's League). The collection contains Mrs. Stratton's records of the Technology Matrons (1957-1966) which include annual reports, minutes, and correspondence. There are records of the Matrons' Survey Committee for long-range planning, which focused attention on activities for newcomers to MIT, and also Matrons' Planning Committee records.

Mrs. Stratton's work related to art at MIT can be found in collection AC 66, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Art Committee records. Information about the Catherine N. Stratton Lecture Series can be found in the MIT Women's League records (AC 381). Both collections are in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

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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

  2011, 2016

Access note

Contact Institute Archivist.

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 donor of the collection.

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Related Materials

Related Materials in the Institute Archives

Julius A. Stratton Papers, MC 431, box 13, May 1971 diary of trip to Poland and Russia.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the Arts Records, AC 230.

Technology Wives Organization Records, AC 320.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Women's League Records, AC 381.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Art Committee records, AC 66.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Faculty Environment Committee
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Newcomers Committee
  • MIT Women's League
  • Technology Matrons

Function(s)

  • events

Personal Name(s)

  • Stratton, Catherine N.

Subject(s)

  • centennial celebrations
  • faculty social life and customs
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Women.
  • presidents' spouses

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Bibliography

Stratton, Catherine N. "A Passion for the Arts." In Jerry Wiesner: Scientist, Statesman, Humanist: Memories and Memoirs, edited by Walter A. Rosenblith. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003. pp. 89-97.

MIT 150 Infinite History Video Project Interview with Catherine N. Stratton. http://mit150.mit.edu/infinite-history-a-z

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Collection Inventory

Box

Remarks at the dedication of the Catherine N. Stratton Lounge 1988 September 22 

1

Stratton obituaries 1994, 2014 

1

Social notebook 1957-1958 

1

Social notebook 1959 

1

Social notebook 1963-1964 

1

Social notebook 1959-1960 

1

Social notebook 1960-1961 

1

Social notebook 1961-1962 

1

Social notebook 1962-1963 

1

Social notebook 1962-1963 

2

Social notebook 1963-1964 

2

Social notebook 1964-1965 

2

Social notebook 1964-1965 

2

Social notebook 1965-1966 

2

Social notebook 1965-1966 

2

Operation Mixer records 1960-1961 

3

Centennial Ball Committee records 1960-1961 

3

Centennial Ball Committee records 1960-1961 

3

Recollection of Centennial circa 1995 

3

Faculty Environment Committee records 1962-1963 

3

Faculty Environment Committee records 1962-1963 

3

Faculty Environment Committee records 1963 

3

Faculty Environment Committee records circa 1963 

3

Faculty Environment Committee records circa 1963 

3

Technology Dames 1960-1961 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1957-1958 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1958-1959 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1959-1960 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1960-1961 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1961-1962 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1962-1963 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1963-1964 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 1964-1965 

4

Technology Matrons notebook 

Box

Technology Matrons Survey Committee records 1955-1958 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee records 1959 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee 1961-1962 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee notebook 1961-1962 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee notebook 1961-1962 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee 1961-1962 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee records 1962 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee notebook 1962 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee notebook 1962 

5

Technology Matrons Survey Committee notebook 1962 

5

Technology Matrons Workshop Planning Committee records, 3 folders 1965 

6

Ford Foundation Social notebook, 2 folders 1966-1969 

6