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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics curricula

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0480


Contains mostly syllabi and course notes, with some examination questions.


  • 1884 - 1979


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This collection is open.

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Historical note

Mathematics was taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from the time the Institute first held classes in 1865. John D. Runkle, second president of MIT, oversaw the mathematics program until his death in 1902; he viewed it as a service department for the instruction of engineers. For many years the mathematics department was Section III of Course IX, General Studies.

In 1933, under the direction of MIT president Karl Taylor Compton who strengthened the study and research of scientific disciplines at the Institute, mathematics became an independent department, designated Course XVIII in the School of Science.


1.3 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 large flat box)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mathematics Curricula, 1884-1979
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