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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of Minority Education records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0146

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records received in 1986, boxes 1-8, contain lists of participating students, evaluations of students and programs, schedules of events and activities, and relevant teaching materials concerning programs administered through OME, including Project Interphase, Freshman Buddy System, Black Student Union Tutorial Program, Strategies and Secrets for Academic Success, and the Faculty Student Exchange. Records received in 1988, boxes 9-12 and 19 cassettes, 1974-1987, contain correspondence and reports of efforts to recruit and retain minority students through Freshman Watch Program, Project Interphase, and counseling services. Also includes correspondence and reports of courses for minorities in the Institute's Independent Activities Period; and correspondence, transcripts, and recordings of the Workshop on Retention of Minority Undergraduate Students in Engineering. Records received in 1989, boxes 13-18, 1970-1983, contain correspondence, reports, and course materials related to OME's programs including Project Interphase, 1976-1981; Freshman Watch Program, 1975-1980; Freshman Buddy System; Strategies and Secrets for Academic Success; Faculty Student Exchange Program, 1970-1977; and Uninitiates Introduction to Engineering (UNITE); also includes student questionnaires, post graduation follow ups, and reports and proposals to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the MIT administration. Also contains video tapes on job interview skills, MIT orientation, and aspects of various minority cultures. Records received in 1991, boxes 19-21, 1978-1990, contain syllabi, quizzes, and exams concerning the components of Project Interphase, including mathematics, chemistry, physics, and humanities; also contain program descriptions, schedules of classes and activities, course evaluations, and budget information. The collection also includes OME's Five Year Plan and updates for 1986 to 1990; a report on minority recruiting; and a report from the Minority Student Issues Group. Records received in 1993, box 22, 1975-1991, include reports, descriptions, and evaluations of several OME programs, including the Tutorial Program, 1975 -1990; Project Interphase, 1978- 1991; Project XL, 1989-1991; and the Freshman Buddy System, 1983-1991. Also included are academic and ethnic profiles, grades, and student assessments. Records received in January 1996, boxes 23-29, 1985-1993, include reports and correspondence that document OME educational programs such as the Second Semester Program; OME's affiliation with MIT organizations including Black Alumni at MIT (BAMIT); and OME's liaisons with corporations that support OME's educational programs and the recruitment of minority students into MIT and into the workplace. Records received in May 1996, boxes 30-35, 1969-1993, include reports and correspondence that document OME educational programs such as the Black Student Union Tutoring Program and MIT Help, plus the Faculty Student Exchange Program and Freshman Watch. The collection also includes archived versions of the OME website dating from 2018 through the present.


  • Creation: 1969 - 1993
  • Creation: 2018 April 5 - Ongoing


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Conditions Governing Use

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Historical note

The Office of Minority Education (OME) was established in 1975 to assist minority students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The office participates in the Institute's affirmative action efforts to recruit and retain minority students by implementing programs and activities to supplement MIT's usual educational resources; this provides minority students with greater opportunity to successfully complete their undergraduate education. The head of OME reports to the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs.

The heads of the Office of Minority Education included: Wesley L. Harris, 1975 1979; Arthur C. Smith, acting head, 1979 1980; Clarence G. Williams, acting head 1980 1982; William D. McLauring, 1982 1985; Joyce Taylor Gibson, 1985 1988; Patricia Karouma, 1988 1989; Judy Jackson (formerly Judy Pitts), 1989 1994; David Wilson, interim director, 1994-1995; Leo Osgood, 1995-present (as of 1999).


57.8 Cubic Feet (57 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 small box of 19 audio cassettes)

1 item(s) (1 archived website)

Language of Materials



Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.


The following acronyms may used in the collection.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Black Alumni at MIT
Consortium on Financing Higher Education
Council on Primary and Secondary Education
Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid
Committee on the Undergraduate Program
Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Educational Testing Service
Faculty Student Exchange Program
Graduate Research Initiation Program
GTE Corporation
Industrial Advisory Council of Minority Education
Independent Activities Period
La Unión Chicana por Aztlán
Massachusetts Pre Engineering Program
Minority Introduction to Engineering (became UNITE)
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administration
National Association of Minority Students and Education
New England Board of Higher Education
Occupational Resource Center
Project STEP
Secondary Technical Education Project
Research Science Institute
Student Information System

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 Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of Minority Education
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2022 February 16: Edited by Lana Mason to reflect addition of the Office of Minority Education website.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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