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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Geology curricula

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: AC-0477

Scope and Contents

The collection contains exam questions and course notes from classes in the Department of Geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1864 to 1922.


  • 1864 - 1922


Access note

This collection is open.

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 Geology and Mining, as Course III, was formed when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened in 1865. In 1871 the course was renamed Geology and Mining Engineering, and in 1892 Geology was made a separate department. In 1920, Geology rejoined Course III, which was renamed the Department of Mining, Metallurgy, and Geology. Geology was separated into its own department again in 1926, and from there underwent several name changes: Department of Geology and Geophysics (1952), Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (1969), and, as it is currently known, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (1983).


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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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.

Preliminary Inventory to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Geology Curricula, 1864-1922
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 October 15: 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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