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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Chancellor, records of Lawrence Bacow

Identifier: AC-0564

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises records created during Lawrence S. Bacow's tenure as Chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The records span the years of 1998 to 2004.

Materials include correspondence.


  • Creation: 1998 - 2004


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Biographical Note

Laurence S. Bacow was chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1998 to 2001. He then assumed the position of President of Tufts University from 2001 to 2011. Bacow currently serves as the President of Harvard University.

Dr. Bacow majored in economics as an undergraduate at MIT, then earned a law degree and a PhD in public policy at Harvard. Upon completion of graduate school in 1977, he returned to MIT to teach in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, becoming the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies. He was the co-founder and first Director of MIT's Center for Real Estate.

As Chancellor of MIT, he had oversight of undergraduate and graduate education, student life, admissions, financial aid, athletics, campus planning, and MIT's large scale institutional partnerships both industrial and international. He also played a major role in structuring MIT's partnership with Cambridge University in England, and chaired the Institute's Council on the Environment.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and retains the title of President Emeritus at Tufts University. He served for three years as President-in-Residence in the Higher Education Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and is currently the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty: Lawrence S. Bacow, accessed 2021.


0.16 Cubic Feet (1 half manuscript box)

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  • 2021 June 28: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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