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James Phinney Munroe papers

Identifier: MC-0653

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of James P. Munroe contains correspondence (series 1) received by Munroe throughout his career at MIT. Much of the correspondence concerns Munroe’s invitations to individuals whom he wanted to speak at the Technology Club. Also included is correspondence about the MIT Corporation, the MIT Alumni Association, and various trips and events. The correspondence is arranged chronologically, and the names of the writers have been identified when possible. Series 2 contains publications authored by Munroe, arranged chronologically. The papers cover the period 1885 to 1922.


  • Creation: 1885 - 1922


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James Phinney Munroe, an 1882 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) began his MIT career immediately following graduation, when he became Secretary of the Faculty under the leadership of MIT President Francis Amasa Walker. He served as Secretary of the Faculty until 1889, when he left MIT to go into business with his father following the death of his brother. He returned to MIT in 1894 and remained at the Institute until his death, serving as President of the Alumni Association (1894-1897), Secretary of the Corporation (1909-1929), Managing Editor of Technology Review (1889-1908), President of the Technology Club (1896-1904), and Life Member of the MIT Corporation (1909-1929). He was also a member of the Alumni Council and chair of the Alumni Association Committee on Historical Collection.


0.4 Cubic Feet (2 half manuscript boxes)

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James Phinney Munroe was an 1882 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who served in various positions at MIT, including Secretary of the Faculty, President of the Alumni Association, Secretary of the Corporation, Managing Editor of Technology Review, and Life Member of the Corporation. The collection includes correspondence related to his MIT work and publications written by him.


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  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (illustrated), by James Phinney Munroe. Boston: reprinted from The New England Magazine, 1902

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