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E. Neal Hartley papers

Identifier: MC-0622

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of four folders, three of which contain old exams and suggested questions, and one that contains materials relating to Hartley’s work on the Humanities Department Policy Committee from 1959 to 1960.


  • 1947 - 1963


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Biographical Note

E. N. (Edward Neal) Hartley, AB 1941, AM 1942, Harvard University, 1914-1986, was an advocate for the humanities at MIT, a specialist in the history of science and technology, and MIT's first archivist. He came to MIT as an instructor in the Department of English and History in 1946 and was promoted to associate professor in 1953. In 1956 Hartley and his wife began a two-year assignment as faculty residents in Burton House, and in 1958 he became acting head of the Humanities Department. In 1966, in addition to becoming secretary of the faculty, Hartley was named Institute Archivist and took on the task of organizing and making accessible MIT's growing collection of Institute records, papers, and memorabilia. Hartley played a key role in establishing the MIT chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, serving as president from 1974 to 1975. He retired in 1977 as professor emeritus.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of E. Neal Hartley
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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