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Interviews of the Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA Oral History Project

Identifier: MC-0356

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of oral histories conducted with women graduates of the Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). The earliest graduation date of those interviewed is 1922. The majority of interviewees earned undergraduate degrees from MIT, and several were later associated with MIT in administrative roles.

The oral histories are a resource for researchers of the history of women in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and architecture; the role of women in higher education; and the evolution of the involvement of women at MIT.

There are audio casettes of a few of the interviews, but access to them is restricted by the gift agreements.


  • Creation: 1989 - 2021


Access note

This collection is open.

Digital Access Note

Some parts of this collection are available online. Links to specific online digital items are found within their entry in this finding aid.

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

This collection comprises oral history interviews that were conducted as part of the Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA (Association of MIT Alumnae) Oral History Project, which has been directed by MIT Associate Professor Margery Resnick (Foreign Languages and Literatures) since 1990. The goal of the project is to document the life histories of MIT alumnae through interviews conducted by students working in MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The project also provides an opportunity for students to learn about women of another generation by collecting background information about the alumnae subjects and conducting interviews. The project is endowed by funds provided by MIT alumnae and is ongoing.


94 Megabytes (94 MB (766 Files, 28 folders) [28 transcripts])

1 Cubic Feet ((3 manuscript boxes, 1 small media box, 95.6 MB (767 Files in 28 folders) )

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The Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA (Association of MIT Alumnae) Oral History Project began in 1990 with the purpose of documenting life histories of women who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The collection comprises interviews of women who graduated in 1922 and later. Interviews have been conducted by students working in MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Location of Copies

Digital copies of some transcripts can be accessed in the MIT Libraries "DOME" digital repository.

Related Materials in the MIT Archives

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Records of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, 1882-1984 (AC 22)

Bertha Sanford Dodge Papers, 1928-1994 (MC 311)

Processing Information note

Margaret Hughes Young (articles about)--there is a folder in box 3, articles sent separately to the Oral History Program, Margery Resnick sent them on to IASC. UROP did not do an interview; person is deceased.

The following folders were returned to the IASC from the scanning lab on 3/7/2017:

Khadijah Brown (39080024065325) Naomi Carmon (39080024065333) Harriet Fell (39080024065341) Ida Gordon (39080024065358) Paula Hammond (39080024065366) Frances Margaret Hickey (39080024065374) Ellen Catherine Hildreth(39080024065382) Paul Melsheimer Jacobs (39080024065390) Audrey Kadis (39080024065408) Karla Karash (39080024065416) Geraldine Kunstadter (39080024065424) Barbara Lawrence (39080024065432) Susan Leibenhaut (39080024065440) Miriam Mazor (39080024065457) Judith Perrolle (39080024065465) Kristala Prather (39080024065473) Elizabeth Sajdel-Sulkowska (39080024065481) Antonia Schuman (39080024065499) Cecily Selby (39080024065507) Linda Sharpe (39080024065515) Cynthia Skier (39080024065523) Domina Spencer (39080024065531) Laurette Tuckerman (39080024065549) Suzanne Weinberg (39080024065556) Joyce Wolf (39080024065564) Digital copies of the items will soon be accessible on the MIT Dome website.

Out for reformatting 2018-03-09 and returned on 2018-04-05 Megan Brewster (interviewed by Dou Dou) Brit d'Arbeloff (interviewed by Jean Choi) Josette Goldish (interviewed by Colette Abah) Holliday (Holly) Heine (interviewed by Colette Abah) Audrey M. Schaffer (interviewed by Dou Dou) Tammy Stevens (interviewed by Shawna Davis)

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Revision Statements

  • 2018-09-13: Edited by Rachel Van Unen to reflect the addition of accession 2019-024
  • 2019-04-03: Edited by Kari Smith to reflect current dates of collection and add URL to the AMITA oral history project webpage.
  • 2022-03-09: Joe Carrano, digital archivist, edited to reflect addition of accession 2022-049

Repository Details

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

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