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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Political Science student records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0443

Scope and Contents

This collection contains student records kept by the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1958-1980. The materials consist of applications to MIT, reports on academic standing, including copies of grades, and correspondence with faculty and administrators.


  • Creation: 1958 - 1980


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

Early courses in political science were taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of Course IX, General Studies, until 1903 when the Department of Economics, Statistics, and Political Science was established. In 1907 the department was reorganized as the Department of Economics and Statistics, and political science became part of the Department of History and Political Science. In 1918 Charles Currier, the head of the department, became ill, and a temporary merging of History with English became permanent the following year.

Course XIV, Economics and Social Science, began offering classes in Political Science again in 1944 when Norman J. Padelford joined the faculty to teach classes in international relations. In 1956 the department was reorganized into three sections, including political science, with Padelford as section head. In that year the faculty authorized an S.B. degree in Economics, Politics, and Engineering; in 1958 a Ph.D. in Political Science was approved. In 1965 the political science section became Course XVII, the Department of Political Science.

MIT History, Department of Political Science, 2020.


4 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons)

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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.

Inventory to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Political Science Student Records
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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

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