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Society of Women Engineers, records of the MIT section (MITSWE)

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0610

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains records of the Society of Women Engineers student section at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It includes minutes, membership lists, event documents and promotional material for the society and women in engineering. Records in the collection of the MIT student organization date as early as 1952. As the national organization Society of Women Engineers was founded in 1950, MIT's section is one of the earliest affiliates.


  • Creation: 1952 - 1999
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1988 - 1999


Access note

This collection is open.

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

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was founded in 1950 as a non-profit educational and service organization to support and advance careers of women in the engineering professions. The Society was formally incorporated in 1952. The MIT SWE student section was one of the first. In 1976, SWE membership was opened to men.

Information about the section at MIT can be found at


3 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons)

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Processing Information note

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Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Society of Women Engineers, MIT Section (MITSWE)
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Repository Details

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