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Wellesley-MIT Exchange Program records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0111

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains records assembled by several faculty members and administrators who were involved with the program: Robert A. Alberty, MIT co chair of the original organizing committee; Kenneth Hoffman, professor of mathematics; Joel Orlen, assistant to the provost; and Jane Sauer who managed the program for several years. Information about the Wellesley MIT Joint Committee is included, as are statistics, records about programming and transportation between the two campuses, and material on the tenth anniversary celebration.


  • 1967 - 1979


Access note

This collection is open.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to Distinctive Collections. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the creating office.

Historical note

Ruth M. Adams, President of Wellesley College, and Howard Johnson, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, announced the establishment of the Wellesley MIT Exchange Program in May 1967. Its purpose was to extend the diversity of educational experiences available to students and faculty of each institution. The program permitted cross registration of undergraduate students and the development of experimental courses. A student faculty committee helped plan for the program which started formally in September 1968. Robert A. Alberty, Dean of Science at MIT, was a co chair.

In 1973, when the original five year experimental program ended, the MIT Committee on Educational Policy recommended that the program be continued and its operation became the responsibility of the Provost. In July 1984 the program moved to the Undergraduate Academic Support Office (UASO) within the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs. In 1992 the UASO became the Office for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs.


2.5 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box)

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Appraisal note

Needs review.

Processing Information note

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Guide to the Records of the Wellesley-MIT Exchange Program
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Repository Details

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