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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning student records

Identifier: AC-0376

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of both undergraduate and graduate student records kept by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1967-2003.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection requires permission for access. Records are restricted for 75 years from the date of creation. Contact Distinctive Collections for further information.

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 Department of Urban Studies and Planning began as a division within the School of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Course IV-B (Course IV is Architecture), City Planning, was first offered in September 1933 and led to the degree of bachelor in architecture.

By 1974 shifts in the allocation of federal funding, rising competition for foundation dollars, and increased pressure from the Institute to achieve educational efficiency and cost-effectiveness began to affect the projects and research efforts of DUSP. The department had expanded continually from the late 1940s in numbers of students, faculty, and programs it offered, and the financial difficulties led the DUSP members to reevaluate the teaching and learning of urban studies. The curriculum was significantly reorganized. The Analysis of Public Systems group and the Social Policy group were merged into the Public Policy Analysis group. The department then had three program groups: Community and Regional Development; Environmental Design; and Public Policy Analysis.

MIT History, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2020.


73.3 Cubic Feet (73 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)

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

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Processing Information

In spring 2021, this finding aid was revised as part of a project to publish previously unpublished finding aids. The finding aid was brought up to minimum description standards and any personally identifying information in the description was removed.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements and to remove personally identifying information from the description.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Building 14N-118
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Cambridge MA 02139-4307 US