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C. Forbes Dewey, Jr. personal archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0714

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activites of C. Forbes Dewey, Jr. during 1978 to 2016.

The Conference Materials and Courses series contain digital files related to academic presentations and academic instruction by Dewey. The files are predominantly Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft Word documents, or PDF documents.

Other materials include proposals and commercial files.


  • Creation: 1978 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

"Singapore-MIT Alliance II" is restricted for 75 years. The remaining digital files are 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

C. Forbes Dewey, Jr. is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering Emeritus and Co-Director of the International Consortium for Medical Imaging Technology (ICMIT) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Yale University, MS from Stanford, and a PhD from Caltech. He became an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT in 1968 (1), professor in 1976 (2), professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering in 1998, professor of mechanical engineering and biological engineering in 2005, and professor emeritus in 2017. He was Head of the Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory at MIT from 2001 to 2003 (3), and a Member of the faculty Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard and MIT from 1983 to 2003. (4)

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the President. “Report of the President 1968,” 1968.

2. ———. “Report of the President and the Chancellor Issue 1975-1976,” 1976.

3. “MECHE PEOPLE: C. Forbes Dewey | MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering.” Accessed May 22, 2020.

4. MIT Biological Engineering Directory. "C. Forbes Dewey, Jr. PhD." Accessed May 22, 2020.


8 Cubic Feet (8 record cartons)

2.173 Gigabytes (1,551 digital files)

Language of Materials



Series are arranged according to donor instructions. Digital folders are arranged into those series in the folders as received except for "A Proposed Model of the Dynamics of the Internal Cell Cytoskeleton, 1998 July 30" which was removed from a folder called "UNOPENABLE PPT" into the top level of the file tree to avoid confusion that it could not be opened.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Older Powerpoint files can be opened in LibreOffice Impress software. Newer PowerPoint files can be opened with current PowerPoint software.

Physical Location

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

Separated Materials

A small collection of materials, assembed by C. Forbes Dewy which herald the sequencing of the human genome, has been gathered in the Department of Distinctive Collections special publications noncirculating collection, under the call number QH447.C645.2001. Includes two journal issues and three broadside supplements (Nature and Science February 2001)

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.

Digital materials were processed by intern Lana Mason. Files were left in their original received order.

Processing Information

Digital files originally on a USB thumb drive found in the collection. Digital Archives fellow, Jessica Venlet transferred the files from the drive in 2017 using an unknown copy method.

When processing the files, digital archivist, Joe Carrano, removed duplicate files of presentations, non-permanent student records, and unneeded system files.

In Progress
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 September 15: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.
  • 2023 August 24: Digital Archivist, Joe Carrano, edited the collection level notes, extent, and listing to better reflect accession 2017-016 and its full processing

Repository Details

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

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