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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mining Engineering curricula

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Identifier: AC-0214

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Mining Engineering undergraduate examinations in the subjects of mining engineering, geophysical prospecting, fire assaying, metallurgy, metallography, and radiography covering the period 1900 to 1943. There is a volume of student papers (class of 1888), and a set of course notes.

Also included are Mining Engineering department circulars describing course offerings and span the years 1889 to 1928. The 1896, 1904 and 1928 circulars contain black and white photographs of department laboratories.


  • Creation: 1888 - 1943


Access note

This collection is open.

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Historical note

The Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy began in 1865 as the Department of Geology and Mining. In 1889, after a series of name changes and curriuculum changes, the study of metallurgy was formally absorbed and the department became the Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy. As time passed, the name changed again several times and two distinct departments emerged: Geology and Metallurgy. The most recent change came in 1975 when the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science became the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3).


1.3 Cubic Feet ((1 record carton, 1 manuscript boxes) )

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Related Materials

Robert H. Richards Papers (MC 116)

Heinrich Hofman Papers (MC 253)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mining Engineering Student Laboratory Reports (AC 72)


  • Bever, Michael. Metallurgy and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT: 1865-1988.
  • Shrock, Robert R. Geology at M.I.T., 1865-1965: A History of the First Hundred Years of Geology at M.I.T. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1977.

Processing Information note

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Guide to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mining Engineering Curricula, 1895-1939
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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