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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Susan Hockfield

Identifier: AC-0606

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records during Susan Hockfield’s tenure as President of MIT. Materials include correspondence, speeches, MIT’s centers, labs, and programs records, MIT schools records, MIT corporation records, MIT Executive Committee and the MIT Visiting Committee records. The collection also contains some records from the tenures of Charles Vest and Rafael Reif as President of the Institute.


  • Majority of material found within 2004 - 2012
  • 1980 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research; however, the collection is not yet fully processed and may need to be screened before use. In accordance with MIT Policy, there may be restrictions on access to MIT records. Series 1, A-Z Correspondence is known to contain restricted records related to fundraising and donor cultivation.

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.

Biographical / Historical

Susan Hockfield is Professor of Neuroscience and President Emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; she served as the sixteenth president from 2004 to 2012 and was the first woman and the first life scientist to lead the Institute. She has elected to establish her current office at the KI. Prior to MIT, she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1998-2002), and Provost (2003-2004) at Yale University.

After earning a BA in biology from the University of Rochester and a PhD from Georgetown University at the School of Medicine, Hockfield was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at San Francisco. She then joined the scientific staff at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. In 1985, Professor Hockfield became a faculty member at Yale University, where she focused her research on brain development and glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer, and also pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research.

Professor Hockfield serves as a director of Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Fidelity Non-Profit Management Foundation, Lasker Foundation, Mass General Brigham Incorporated, Pfizer, Inc., and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She is a life member of the MIT Corporation and a board member of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Hockfield has served as a Science Envoy with the U.S. Department of State and was a member of a Congressional Commission evaluating the Department of Energy laboratories. Professor Hockfield is the recipient of the Charles Judson Herrick Award from the American Association of Anatomists, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Award from Yale University, the Meliora Citation from the University of Rochester, the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement, the Amelia Earhart Award from the Women’s Union, the Edison Achievement Award, the Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award from Research!America, and the 2019 Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award. She has received honorary degrees from national and international universities, and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hockfield has recently served as president and chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  


3856 Megabytes (/accessioned/AC606/2012.0006/ /accessioned/AC606/2012.0068/ /accessuibed/AC606/2013.0020/) : 875 MB in 19,825 files

164.78 Cubic Feet (497 manuscript boxes, 1 legal size manuscript box, 2 half manuscript box; 876 +2980=3856 MB digital files)

Language of Materials



Materials in boxes 437-502 were arranged to recreate the original filing order and intellectually integrated into the existing collection.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in boxes 437-502 were transferred to the Department of Distinctive Collections by the Office of the President in January 2021.

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 Susan Hockfield
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-09-13: Edited by Rachel Van Unen to reflect the addition of accession 2019-034
  • 2021 March: Edited by Chris Tanguay to reflect the addition of accession 2021-012

Repository Details

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

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