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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences student records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0472

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises student records maintained by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Student records in the collection were for undergraduate and graduate students that graduated between 1947 and 1996. Official student records are maintained by the Office of the Registrar.


  • 1947 - 1996


Access note

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

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

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was formed in 1983 through the merger of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Department of Meteorology. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences was established in 1969. From 1952 to 1969, it existed as the Department of Geology and Geophysics, and prior to 1952 it was the Department of Geology.

The Department of Meteorology has its roots in 1928, although it wasn’t officially named until 1941. Before 1941, the Department of Meteorology was a program in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering that began as a three year grant from the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics. Graduate instruction began in the fall of 1928, and undergraduate instruction was offered from 1944 to 1957. 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.


34 Cubic Feet (34 record cartons)

Language of Materials



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In spring 2021, this finding aid was revised as part of a project to publish previously unpublished finding aids.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 Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Student Records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April: Edited by Chris Tanguay 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