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Dorothy W. Weeks papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-0400

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains biographical information about Dorothy Weeks, the first woman to receive a PhD in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and helps to illustrate the career paths of women scientists in the 20th century. The collection also includes material about the "Charm School," George Harrison's name for the summer sessions in the late 1940s during which young women worked with him in the spectroscopy lab on compiling wave length tables.

Correspondents in the collection include Margaret Compton, wife of MIT president Karl Compton, and Katharine Dexter McCormick, MIT class of 1904.

Dorothy Weeks’s master and doctoral theses are part of the MIT Libraries/Institute Archives thesis collection.

Dates

  • 1940 - 1980

Creator

Access note

This collection is open.

Intellectual Property Rights

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Biography

Dorothy Walcott Weeks, 1893-1990, BA 1916, Wellesley College; MS in physics, 1923, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS 1925, Simmons College; PhD in mathematics, 1930, MIT, was a professor and head of the physics department at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, from 1930 to 1956. From 1956 to 1964 she worked at the Army Materials Research Agency in Watertown, Massachusetts, where she coordinated a program that developed radiological shielding materials. From 1964 to 1976, she was a spectroscopist at the Harvard College Observatory.

Extent

0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection contains biographical information about Dorothy Weeks, a physicist, and the first woman to receive a PhD in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The collection also includes material about the women who gathered in summer terms at MIT in the late 1940s to work with George Harrison in the spectroscopy lab on compiling wave length tables.

Location

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

Processing Information note

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Title
Guide to the Papers of Dorothy W. Weeks
Status
Ready For Review
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Repository Details

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

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