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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, records of David Litster

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0517

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists primarily of the administrative records of Vice President of Research and Provost David Litster. Some records created by Vice President Kenneth Smith and Associate Provost for Research Charlene Placido are included. Personnel and patent files are mixed through the collection which needs to be processed before providing access.


  • Creation: 1981 - 2001


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Vice President for Research

Missing Title

Albert G. Hill, Vice President for Research
Thomas F. Jones, Vice President for Research
Kenneth A. Smith, Associate Provost and Vice President for Research
J. David Litster, Interim Associate Provost and Vice President for Research
J. David Litster, Vice President and Dean of Research
Alice P. Gast, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost
Claude R. Canizares, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost
Maria T. Zuber, Vice President for Research

Historical note

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost was created in January of 1970, combining certain responsibilities formerly held by the Vice President for Research Administration (Dr. Carl F. Floe) with those of the Vice President for Special Laboratories (Dr. Jack P. Ruina), both of whom returned to teaching and research within the Institute at that time.

The Vice President for Research has overall responsibility for research administration and policy at the Institute. They oversee more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers, including the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the Research Laboratory of Electronics, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology, the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory, Haystack Observatory and the Division of Health Sciences and Technology. The Office of Sponsored Programs, Technology Licensing Office, International Scholars Office and Division of Comparative Medicine, among others, report to the Vice President for Research. The VPR is responsible for research integrity and compliance and plays a central role in research relationships with the federal government, industry, foundations, and international sponsors.(1)

(1) 9/10/2010


63.66 Cubic Feet (61 record cartons, 8 manuscript boxes)

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Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Associate Provost and Vice President for Research, records of Kenneth Smith (AC 149)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Associate Provost (AC 497)

Albert Hill Papers (MC 365). Hill was Vice President for Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970-1975, and MIT administrative records created by that office are a series in his personal papers.

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 List to the Records of the Vice President for Research and Provost
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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