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William Walther Seifert papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0006

Scope and Contents

Collection includes contracts, correspondence, memoranda, proposals, and reports documenting Seifert's MIT research projects, including Project TRANSPORT, 1964-1971; studies of the Boston Harbor, 1965-1968, the New England Coastal Zone, 1969-1975, and the Sahel-Sudan region of Africa, 1973-1974; also administrative records describing his role on various MIT committees, including the Administrative Staff Review Committee, the Engineering Council, doctoral committees, and in the organization of the Commodity Transportation and Economic Development Laboratory. Also includes lecture and course materials, speeches and articles, and subject files which describe Seifert's professional activities.


  • 1955 - 1975


Access note

Materials in this collection are open unless they are marked as restricted. Restrictions are noted in the container list.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

William Walther Seifert, 1920- , Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1941, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; S.M. 1947 and Sc.D. 1951, in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was associated with the Dynamic Analysis and Control Laboratory (DACL) at MIT, 1945-1957, rising from research assistant to associate director. At DACL he was involved in systems engineering work, primarily for weapons systems. When the DACL disbanded in 1958 he was appointed associate professor of electrical engineering. He was promoted to professor, 1965, and he was assistant dean of the School of Engineering, 1962-1968; and director of Project TRANSPORT, an interdepartmental research program to develop a system of high speed ground transportaion, 1964-1974. The focus of his research shifted during the 1970s from transportation to resource management and utilization, including computer modeling techniques for assisting developing countries.


14.33 Cubic Feet (14 record cartons. 1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



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Processing Information note

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Guide to the Papers of William Walther Seifert
Staff Use Only
Deborah Shea
(Copyright 1986)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Processing of this collection was funded by the United States Department of Education, Title II-C.

Repository Details

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