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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics student records

 Collection
Identifier: AC-0429

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 Withdrawn student records are from students who did not complete degrees.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.

Dates

  • 1940 - 2010

Creator

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

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.

Extent

40.3 Cubic Feet (39 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials

English

Physical Location

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

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed collection inventory is available to staff in the MIT ArchivesSpace staff interface.

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.

Title
Inventory to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mathematics Student Records
Status
Staff Use Only
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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

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