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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Meteorology student records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0460


  • 1938 - 1986


Access note

All materials in this collection are restricted for 75 years from their date of creation.

Conditions Governing Use

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Historical Note

Meteorological study began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the summer of 1928 in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering under a three-year grant from the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics. Carl-Gustaf Rossby began the study of meteorology and physical oceanography when he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Aeronautics in 1928. Graduate instruction began in the fall of 1928, and undergraduate instruction was offered from 1944 to 1957.

Meteorology remained a program in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering until 1941, when it became the Department of Meteorology in the School of Engineering, Course XIV. In 1946 the course number changed to XIX. In 1957 the Department moved from the School of Engineering to the School of Science. In 1981 the name of the department became the Department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, and in 1983 it merged with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and became part of Course XII, as the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.


2 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

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In spring 2021, this finding aid was revised as part of a project to publish previously unpublished finding aids.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.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March: Edited by Chris Tanguay for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements and to remove personally identifying information from the description.

Repository Details

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