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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Charles M. Vest

Identifier: AC-0510

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises records produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Office of the President during the tenure of Charles M. Vest. The records span the years of 1990 to 2016. Record topics include the MIT Committee, MIT Corporation, MIT Schools, and MIT centers, laboratories, and programs.

Materials in the collection include: correspondence, mail logs, topic files, speeches, travel records, event and interview video and audio recordings.


  • Creation: 1990 - 2016


Access note

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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

Charles M. Vest (1935-2013) served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from October 15, 1990 through December 6, 2004. His inaugural ceremony was held May 10, 1991. After leaving the presidency he became president emeritus and professor of mechanical engineering and was a life member of the MIT Corporation.


294 Cubic Feet (880 manuscript boxes, 2 half manuscript box, 1 flat box, 1 folio)

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Arrangement note

Materials have been kept as they were originally arranged in the office.


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

Related Materials

Charles Vest papers, MC-0655, Department of Distinctive Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 Office of the President
Records of Charles M. Vest
Staff Use Only
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 February: Accession 2021-011 added to the collection. Description updated by Greta Kuriger Suiter.
  • 2021 October 11: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.
  • 2022 April 19: Edited by Thera Webb to include full names of women in collection.

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