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Emily Wick papers

Identifier: MC-0696

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Scope and Contents

Personal papers of Emily Wick, first female faculty to earn tenure at MIT, also served in Dean's office.


  • Creation: approximately 1936 to 2012


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Biographical Note

Emily Wick (1921-2013) was a professor of food technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was the first woman to earn tenure at the Institute. She received her BA and MA from Mount Holyoke College and her PhD in chemistry from MIT in 1951. She returned to MIT as a researcher in the Department of Food Technology in 1957, becoming an assistant professor in the same department soon after in 1959. During her time at MIT she developed food systems for the newly formed astronaut corps. (1) Other positions she held at MIT were associate dean of student affairs and vice president of the alumni association. As associate dean, she worked to improve the educational experience at MIT for minority and women students, and was instrumental in eliminating gender considerations from the Institute’s admissions policy. She left MIT in 1973 to become dean of faculty of Mount Holyoke College. She continued her association with MIT by serving on the Corporation of MIT for a five-year term starting in 1978.

1. “Emily Wick Obituary", The Boston Globe, March 26, 2013. Accessed May 23, 2020.


5.51 Cubic Feet (in 4 record cartons, 4 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 flat box)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Emily Wick
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  • 2020 May: Biographical note by Christopher Donnelly added.

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