Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science records
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises records created by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from approximately 1955 to 2014. Records include correspondence, faculty files, lectures, OpenCourseWare videos, and subject files.
The collection also includes archived versions of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering website spanning from 2017 through the present.
- 1955 - 2014
- 2017 - Ongoing
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science (Organization)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering developed from courses given in mining and metallurgy. A course in geology and mining, Course III, was offered when MIT opened in 1865. In 1871 the course was renamed geology and mining engineering, and in 1873 a separate course, Course VI, was offered in metallurgy. In 1884 metallurgy was reabsorbed into Course III which became the Department of Mining and Metallurgy. In 1889 the name changed again to the Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy, and in 1892 geology was made a separate department.
In 1920 geology rejoined Course III and the name changed to the Department of Mining, Metallurgy, and Geology. In 1926 geology was again separated, and the department’s name became mining and metallurgy.
In 1936 mining and metallurgy were split into two departments and the following year the decision was made to discontinue mining engineering as of 1940. After a few years as Course XIX, the Department of Metallurgy was again designated Course III. Mineral engineering was assigned to the Department of Metallurgy, and mineral resources to the Department of Geology. In 1967 the department name changed to the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science and in 1974 it became the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
- Robert H. Richards
- Heinrich O. Hofman
- Waldemar Lindgren
- W. Spencer Hutchinson
- Robert S. Williams
- John Chipman
- Thomas B. King
- Carl F. Floe, Acting Head
- Walter S. Owen
- Merton C. Flemmings
- Thomas E. Eagar
- Subra Suresh
- Edwin L. Thomas
- Christopher A. Schuh
18.6 Cubic Feet (18 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes)
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- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science
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- Preliminary Inventory to the Records of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- 2021 December 6: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.
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