Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics student records
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Scope and Contents
The collection consists of student records kept by the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from circa 1940-2010. Materials are primarily graduate student records, although some undergraduate student records from the mid-1960s and earlier are interfiled. Folders may contain any of the following records: part of the MIT application; reports on academic standing, including copies of grades; professors' evaluations; correspondence with professors; thesis proposals; and letters of recommendation. Withdrawn student records are from students who did not complete degrees. Folders may contain any of the following records: part of the MIT application; reports on academic standing, including copies of grades; professors' evaluations; correspondence with professors; and disciplinary actions.
- 1940 - 2010
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Conditions Governing Use
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Mathematics was taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from the time the Institute first held classes in 1865. John D. Runkle, second president of MIT, oversaw the mathematics program until his death in 1902; he viewed it as a service department for the instruction of engineers. For many years the mathematics department was Section III of Course IX, General Studies.
In 1933, under the direction of MIT president Karl Taylor Compton who strengthened the study and research of scientific disciplines at the Institute, mathematics became an independent department, designated Course XVIII in the School of Science.
MIT History, Department of Mathematics, 2014.
40.3 Cubic Feet (39 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)
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In spring 2021, this finding aid was revised as part of a project to publish previously unpublished finding aids.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.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mathematics
- academic affairs Subject Source: Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives
- academic departments Subject Source: Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives
- administration of students Subject Source: Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives
- graduate students Subject Source: Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives
- Inventory to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mathematics Student Records
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- 2021: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements and to remove personally identifying information from the description.
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