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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Osiris (Society) records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: AC-0301

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of agenda notes, meeting minutes, anniversary celebration materials, member directories, and governing documents.


  • Creation: 1904 - 1969


Access note

This collection is 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.

Historical note

Osiris was a student organization founded in 1904 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology student Arthur J. Sweet. It was a secret society with the purpose of promoting contact among students, administrators, and faculty. Each year the fifteen active student members selected their successors and a member of the administration or faculty or an alumnus to be an honorary member. The honorary members included each president of the Institute. The club was also referred to as "270" for an early meeting site at 270 Beacon Street in Boston.

The group met for monthly dinner meetings that provided informal settings in which undergraduates discussed issues and suggestions about Institute affairs to administrators and faculty. Osiris disbanded in the late 1960s.


0.45 Cubic Feet (1 legal manuscript box)

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  • We Meet in the Name of Osiris. MIT Libraries (Institute Archives): T171.M4241.O85 1958.
  • The Education of a College President: A Memoir, by James R. Killian. MIT Press, 1985, pp. 10-11.
  • "So what's an Osiris?" The Tech, May 21, 1971, pp. 5-6.

Processing Information

Some materials in this collection were initially designated as a separate collection, the MIT Osiris records, 1968 (MC-0168). In December 1994, materials from MC-0168 were redesignated as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Osiris (Society) records (AC-0301).

Guide to the Records of Osiris Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Copyright 2010)
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Repository Details

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