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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Corporation Visiting Committee records

Identifier: AC-0426

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists chiefly of the Visiting Committee reports submitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation and administration, which summarize discussion and recommendations of their formal meetings every two years. Although visting committees were established in 1875, reports in this collection date from 1930. Visiting Committee reports from the period 1905-1930 can be found in the administrative records of the Office of the President, boxes 5, 6, and 24, of collection AC-0013.


  • Creation: 1924 - 2022


Access note

All materials in this collection are restricted for 50 years from their date of creation. The contents of folders that are more than 50 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

Visiting committees for academic programs and major activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) were established in 1875 as Corporation committees to provide insight on current and proposed programs, to act as advisory groups to the MIT academic and senior administration.

Visiting committees typically convene on campus every two years for a one-and-one-half day meeting, reporting back to the Corporation and administration. Each visiting committee chair prepares a written report to the Executive Committe of the Corporation for approval. After approval of the Executive Committee of the Corporation, a visiting committee chair also provides an oral report to the broader Corporation at a subsequent Corporation meeting. Visiting committees consist of 17 members, including five Corporation members, one of whom is chair; six alumni/ae nominees; and six members nominated by the MIT president.


66.01 Megabytes (179 digital files, one file per report or transmittal)

27.3 Cubic Feet (69 containers and 12 manuscript boxes)

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

Accruals note

Reports are regularly transferred from the Office of the Corporation. Additional accruals are expected.

Location of Originals - Digital files

Digital Files are accessible through the Archives Z:\ drive. Contact Collections Archivist for access and use.


Containers were reviewed and what had been series 4 or 'unknown' was determined to be more of Series 2 content - meeting background materials. The boxes were renumbered, using the same barcodes, so that the previous Series 4/unknown boxes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 are now Series 2 boxes 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58. The contents from box 9 were added to the other boxes and that barcode can be reused for other material (in Paige box to be stored at HD.) June 4, 2018 Kari Smith.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Guide to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation Visiting Committee Records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 October 18: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.
  • 2022 Februrary 07: Joe Carrano, digital archivist, updated description and extent to reflect accession 2022-047
  • 2022 May 23: Joe Carrano, digital archivist, updated description and extent to reflect accession 2022-068
  • 2023 April 27: Becca Tibbitts, processing associate, updated description and extent to reflect accession 2023-41

Repository Details

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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
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Cambridge MA 02139-4307 US