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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Chair of the Corporation, records of Paul E. Gray

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0438

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises records generated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Office of the Chair of the Corporation during the tenure of Paul E. Gray. Materials are arranged into seven series according to record type: Chronological Files; Fund Raising Records; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Subject Files; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Correspondence with Staff and Faculty; Outside Activities Recrods; Remarks, Speeches, Statements, and Articles; and Itineraries and Calendars. The records date from 1977 to 1997.


  • Creation: 1977 - 1997


Access note

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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 of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


The Corporation — the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — holds a public trust: to see that the Institute adheres to the purposes for which it was chartered and that its integrity and financial resources are preserved for future generations as well as for current purposes. The Corporation and its committees have responsibility for reviewing and providing guidance on strategic directions, approving annual budgets, exercising long-term fiduciary responsibility, approving the establishment of new degree programs or courses of study, approving degrees, electing the President (as well as the other Corporation officers), and being available (individually as well as collectively) to advise the President on issues that he/she may wish to raise with them.

It is also understood that trustees are expected to represent the interests of MIT to outside constituencies as appropriate and help provide financial support for the Institute.

The members of the Corporation include distinguished leaders in science, engineering, industry, education and public service.

While the Corporation as a whole meets four times per year (the first Friday of October, December, March and Commencement morning), most of the work of the Corporation is conducted through its various committees.

These include the Executive Committee, Investment Committee (Investment Company Management Board,) Audit Committee, Membership Committee, CJAC, and visiting committees for each academic department as well as certain other functions, such as student affairs, libraries, research, and athletics. In addition to their service on various standing committees, each Corporation member serves on at least two visiting committees.


52.3 Cubic Feet (157 manuscript boxes)

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Physical Location

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

Related Materials

"A Brief History and Workings of the MIT Corporation," by Dana G. Mead. Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XVIII, No. 5, May / June 2006

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 Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the Chairman of the Corporation
Records of Paul E. Gray
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 November 19: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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

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