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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Provost, records of Charles H. Townes

Identifier: AC-0031

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains the records of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provost Charles H. Townes. He served as provost from 1961 to 1966 and the collection contains administrative files on MIT’s academic departments, laboratories, and centers, as well as minutes, agendas, reports, and notes from committees Townes was involved with as provost. Records about the Birla Institute of Technology, the Kanpur Indo-American Program, and the Technical University of Berlin reflect the Institute’s support for international technical educational institutions.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1966


Access note

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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

The Office of the Provost was established at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948. The provost serves as the chief academic officer and reports to the president. Charles H. Townes served as provost from 1961 to 1966.


9 Cubic Feet (9 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the Provost
Records of Charles H. Townes, 1961-1966
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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