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

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0494

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes correspondence, memos, reports, clippings, photographs, and audio and video cassettes pertaining to the administrative functions of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1998
  • Creation: 2018 - Ongoing


Access note

This collection must be reviewed to identify any restricted material before access can be granted. Please submit your requests at least ten business days before your desired visit to allow time for this review. An archivist will respond within five business days to let you know whether your requested material is open. For complete information on this policy, see our Statement on Accessing Institute Records.

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 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.


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

3 item(s) (3 archived websites)

Language of Materials



Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

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 Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Ready For Review
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 October 13: MIT George R. Wallace Jr. Astrophysical Observatory website added by Lana Mason.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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