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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sea Grant College Program records

Identifier: AC-0630

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Scope and Contents

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sea Grant College Program records date from approximately 1970 to 2017.

The collection comprises technical and annual reports, brochures, reprints, publications, omnibus proposals, department files, correspondence, and lectures. The collection also includes a number of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program applications and correspondence.

The collection also includes archived versions of the Sea Grant College Program website spanning from 2018 through the present.


  • Creation: 1970 - 2017
  • Creation: 2018 - Ongoing


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Historical Note

The National Sea Grant College Program was established by the US Congress in 1966 under The National Sea Grant College and Program Act, “to unite the academic power of the nation’s universities with public and private sector partners in order to capture the economic and social benefits of the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes in a sustainable manner.” (1) The program became part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1970. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) first became involved with the National Sea Grant Program in 1967, when the Institute received one of the first project grants from the program, GH-1, for Ocean Engineering Curriculum Development. (2) The MIT Sea Grant College Program was initiated in July 1970 with the founding of the Sea Grant Project Office. In 1972, the National Office recognized MIT as a Sea Grant Institution and in December 1976 MIT was given Sea Grant College status by vote of Congress. (3) On January 12, 1977, MIT was officially designated a Sea Grant College, and was the first private university to receive this designation. (4) MIT Sea Grant sponsors a wide variety of marine research through an annual funding competition open to Massachusetts university-based researchers. Research undertaken by the program includes the work of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Laboratory (AUV Lab), founded in 1989, and the Sea Grant Design Lab for naval architecture and systems. The MIT Sea Grant Marine Advisory Services group conducts applied research in coastal habitats, marine bioinvasions, water quality, climate change, fishing communities and policy, and offers hands-on marine science education programs. (5) The program also administers the Henry L. Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization, which was established in 1973. This interdisciplinary program is overseen by a joint advisory committee consisting of faculty members from MIT and other Massachusetts colleges and universities, leaders of Massachusetts marine-related industries, and representatives of state government and nongovernmental organizations.

1. “Sea Grant History,” (Last accessed January 13, 2017).

2. MIT Report of the President for the academic year 1969-1970, p. 93

3. MIT Report of the President and the Chancellor 1971-1972, p. 85; “About MIT Sea Grant,” (Last accessed January 11, 2017).

4. MIT Report of the President and the Chancellor Issue 1976-1977, p. 131, 447

5. “About MIT Sea Grant,” (Last accessed January 11, 2017).

Program Directors

1970 - 1973
Alfred A. H. Keil
1973 - 1975
Ira Dyer
1976 - 1982
Dean A. Horn
1982 -
Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis


32.7 Cubic Feet (21 record cartons, 39 manuscript boxes)

1 item(s) (1 archived website)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

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

Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Ocean Engineering records, AC 395.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Provost, records of Walter A. Rosenblith, AC 7.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Office of the Dean records, AC 12.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, records of David Litster, AC 517.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oral History Program, oral history interviews on ocean engineering, collection MC 89, in the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections

The Ira Dyer papers, collection MC 173, in the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections

Processing Information note

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Genre / Form

Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020 December 17: Publications added to the collection.
  • 2021 October 11: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.
  • 2022 April 11: Edited by Lana Mason to reflect addition of Sea Grant College Program website.

Repository Details

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

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