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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Women's League records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0381

Scope and Contents

Records of the MIT Women's League, previously known as the MIT Technology Matrons, cover the period 1913-2013. The collection includes annual reports and bylaws, minutes and agendas of annual meetings, minutes of the League Executive Committee and notebooks of committee chairs, records of the treasurer and other financial and budget information, committee reports including that of the Long-Range Planning Committee, minutes and membership lists of the Survey Committee, bulletins and newsletters, cookbooks, and photographs. Interest groups, social activities, and service projects undertaken by the League are well documented. Especially useful is a history of the League researched and compiled by the League's History Committee and issued in 1995. Also included are audio and video recordings of League events and Women's Chorale performances.

The collection also includes archived versions of the Women's League's website spanning from 2019 through the present.


  • Creation: 1913 - 2013
  • Creation: 2019 August 20 - Ongoing


Conditions Governing Access

All materials in this collection are restricted for 20 years from their date of creation. The contents of folders that are more than 20 years old are 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

The foundation of what has been named since 1975 the MIT Women's League (formerly Technology Matrons) had its beginning in a group of wives of faculty and administrators of the Institute who met socially and informally. In 1913 the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Technology Matrons formally adopted a constitution and bylaws and from there the organization developed. Interest groups, groups which undertook particular services, were formed in 1930 by Margaret Compton, when she became part of the MIT community as the wife of the new MIT president, Karl Compton.

In 1922 the Technology Dames (name changed in 1972 to Technology Community Wives), an organization for student wives, began as a subgroup of Technology Matrons which was initially limited to the wives of faculty members and administrators of the Institute. In 1951 membership was expanded to include female staff, and in 1956 wives of members of the Lincoln Laboratory were invited to membership.

A fuller history can be found in the 1995 publication "The MIT Women's League: A Rich Heritage" authored by the Women's League History Committee.


27.55 Cubic Feet (25 record cartons, 4 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 2 flat boxes, 3 audio cassette boxes)

1 item(s) (1 archived website)

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Physical Location

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


Approximately 3 cubic feet of duplicate materials removed from collection.

Related Materials in the Institute Archives

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections. Interview with Margaret Compton, MC 351.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections. Virgilio Barco-Vargas speech, MC 352.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections. Technology Community Wives records, AC 320.


  • "The MIT Women's League: A Rich Heritage." 1995.
  • MIT Women's League Newsletter
  • Technology Matrons Annual Reports and MIT Women's League Annual Reports

Processing Information note

Originally designated as collection MC-0043.

Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Women's League
Ready For Review
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 February 2: Edited by Lana Mason to reflect addition of the MIT Women's League website.
  • 2022 April 19: Edited by Thera Webb to include full names of women in collection.

Repository Details

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

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