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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, records of Associate Dean for Student Affairs Emily Wick

Identifier: AC-0022

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes the records of Associate Dean Emily Wick (1965-1971); her associate, Dorothy Bowe; Coordinator of Women Student Interests Emily Weidman (1980?1982); and Associate Dean Linda J. Vaughan (1982-1984), who had responsibilities for women students at MIT. The collection consists of administrative files relating to student housing, commons, and related student environment issues, especially for women students(boxes 1-2). Boxes 3-4 contain records related to women's issues assembled in the dean's office from 1950 to 1982. They contain information about the MIT Women's Association, the Society of Women Engineers, and the MIT Association of Women Students. Planning information and correspondence document MIT's involvement with the American Women in Science and Engineering Symposium held in 1964. There are articles, reports, and statistics about issues concerning women at MIT on topics including housing, the building of a second tower at the McCormick Hall dormitory, and the Women's Forum, and a report from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Role of Women at MIT,1972. In addition to the administrative files from the 1970s and early 1980s, the records include historical background material dating back to 1882.The collection also contains material pre-dating the office which help document the activities of early women students at MIT.


  • Creation: 1882 - 1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

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Digital Access Note

Some parts of this collection are available online. Links to specific online digital items are found within their entry in this finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

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Historical note

In the early 1960s Dean for Student Affairs Kenneth Wadleigh established a program within his office to review the status of women students at the Institute and advise the MIT administration on all matters related to them. The first director of the women's program was Jacquelyn Mattfeld, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She was succeeded in 1965 by Associate Dean Emily Wick. The records of Eta Sigma Mu, the first organization of women students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been kept with the records of this office. In 1895, the women members voted to change the name to Cleofan.


7.3 Cubic Feet (5 record cartons, 7 manuscript boxes)

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Physical Location

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

Related Materials

MC-0356, Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA) Oral History Collection

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cleofan records, AC-0646

Processing Information

Boxes 8-11 of this collection were initially designated as part of the Dorothy Bowe papers (MC-0231). Upon processing in 1988, the former MC-0231 was redesignated as the Dorothy L. Bowe, records of Women at MIT (AC-0220). In January 2003, records from AC-0220 dating from between 1964 and 1971 were merged into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, records of Associate Dean for Student Affairs Emily Wick records (AC-0022) as the series Dorothy Bowe Files. The remainder of the materials from AC-0220 became the Dorothy Bowe papers (MC-0347).

Processing Information note

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Preliminary Inventory to the records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs
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Repository Details

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