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Bernard J. Frieden papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0661

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Bernard J. Frieden from approximately 1970 to 1998. Most of the materials relate to Frieden's relationship with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the School of Architecture and Planning. Materials include correspondence, biographical materials and publications, and project materials related to military base redevelopment and downtown and shopping malls.


  • 1970 - 1998


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical Note

Bernard J. Frieden, 1930-2009, was Ford Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a BA from Cornell, MA from Penn State, and his MCP from MIT in 1957. Frieden received MIT's first PhD in city planning in 1962, with his dissertation published as The Future of Old Neighborhoods: Rebuilding for a Changing Population. Frieden joined the planning faculty in 1961 and was a part of MIT faculty until his passing. Frieden was director of the MIT/Harvard Joint Center for Urban Planning from 1972-1975 and director of research at MIT’s Center for Real Estate from 1985-1987. (1)

1. “In Memoriam: Bernard J. Frieden | MIT School of Architecture + Planning.” Accessed November 19, 2020.


10 Cubic Feet (10 record cartons)

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Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Bernard J. Frieden
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • November 2020: Biographical note by Michael Anoke added.
  • 2021 November 19: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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