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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Vice President for Resource Development records

Identifier: AC-0130

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Boxes 1-7 contain records accumulated while Samuel Goldblith was vice-president for resource development and includes reports and correspondence about the Industrial Liaison Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) particularly regarding Japan, information and photographs about Goldblith's trips to Japan; and conferences, symposia, and other Underwood-Prescott events (named for Samuel Cate Prescott, Dean of Science 1932-1942 and William Lyman Underwood, of the Wm. Underwood canning company).

As Vice President of Resources a focus of Samuel Goldblith's position was to encourage and promote interaction between MIT and Japanese industrial firms. Records in boxes 8 to 12 include information about his trips to Japan, Japanese visitors to MIT, material about the MIT leadership campaign and the MIT Department of Nutrition and Food Science; correspondence with American and Japanese companies, James B. Lampert, and correspondence and reports about fundraising. In 1984 Samuel Goldblith was awarded the Second Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan in recognition of Goldblith's promotion of friendly relations and interactions between the US and Japan. His work in Japan was impactful both to MIT and to him personally. Samuel Goldblith survived the Bataan death march in the Phillipine Islands and three and a half years in various Japanese prisoner of war camps during World War II


  • Creation: 1973 - 2000


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Biographical Note

Samuel Goldblith first was appointed as Director of the Industrial Liaison Program at a time when it was in decline (1974). He was the first member of the faculty to serve in that program which was revitalized and greatly expanded under his leadership. He proposed expanding the ILP to include more European corporations and to open it to Japanese corporations. He created the MIT ILP office in Japan and made MIT a genuine presence in that country. A few years later, he was asked to serve as Vice President for Resource Development, serving in that position from 1978 to 1986.

Barbara Stowe was Vice President for Resource Development, 1994 to 2005; Jeffrey Newton, from 2007 to 2014; and Julie Lucas from 20014--


22 Cubic Feet (21 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 flat box)

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