Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Corporation, Executive Committee minutes
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Louis W. Tappan served as secretary of each committee and he recorded the minutes of both in the same volume.
The first entry of minutes for a meeting of the Executive Committee, October 22, 1883, follows the last entry for the Committee on the School of Industrial Science.
Minutes were recorded at first by hand in bound volumes. Beginning with the minutes of October 8, 1901, minutes were typewritten. Individual indexes were created for each volume from volume 2 through volume 11, covering the period October 4, 1887, to December 1, 1963.
Minutes in series 1 of this collection are the official record of Executive Committee meetings. Meeting packets sent to Executive Committee members prior to a meeting can be found in series 3 of this collection through June 2004. They contain copies of previous meeting minutes and background materials for meeting discussion; they date from 1970. After June 2004 mailings and minutes are filed together in series 1.
- 1866 to 2017
- Majority of material found within 1883 - 2017
Intellectual Property Rights
At the October 10, 1883, Corporation meeting Henry B. Rogers, Augustus Lowell, Alexander S. Wheeler, Louis W. Tappan, and Francis Williams were voted as the five additional members of the first Executive Committee. The Executive Committee was to have responsibility for the “general administration and superintendence” of all matters relating to the School. In addition, the Executive Committee was to appoint the president, treasurer, and professors and teachers, subject to the confirmation of the larger Corporation.(1) The Executive Committee met for the first time on October 22, 1883.(2)
The Executive Committee meets ten times each academic year and is one of four standing committees of the Institute. The Executive Committee consists of the chair of the Corporation, president, and treasurer (ex officio members), up to five members and two rotating members, and the chair of the Investment Management Company Board, ex officio. The president is the chair of the Executive Committee. The bylaws outline the current duties of the Executive Committee.(3)
(1) MIT. Corporation Minutes, April 11, May 23, May 29, October 10, 1883. Institute Archives & Special Collections, collection AC 278, box 1.
(2) MIT. Executive Committee Minutes, October 22, 1883. Institute Archives & Special Collections, collection AC 272, box 1.
45 Cubic Feet ((134 manuscript boxes, 18 reels of microfilm in 4 microfilm boxes) )
2.751 Gigabytes (763 digital files)
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- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Corporation. Executive Committee
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- Guide to the Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation
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- 2021 March 15: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, added collection level digital extent for 2015-032, 2018-038, 2018-069, 2020-017
- 2021 July 8: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, added listings for 2017-008 accession and updated the collection level digital extent
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