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John M. Deutch papers

Identifier: MC-0432

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains minutes, reports, and correspondence of the Committee on MIT Research Structure and the Committee on Education Division at MIT; grant proposals; notes; and memoranda. There are letters of recommendation and applications for post-doctoral research positions. Also includes correspondence with colleagues in government, academia, and industry related to energy and defense issues.

Deutch's MIT records form a separate collection in the Institute Archives, AC-0238, MIT Office of the Provost Records.

The only digital files in the collection are documents from CD-ROM, referenced in an 2003 April 01 letter from J. Bouchard. These consist of PDF and text files.


  • Creation: 1950 - 2019


Access note

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John M. Deutch, 1938- , BA in history, 1961, Amherst College; SB in chemical engineering, 1961, PhD in chemistry, 1965, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was assistant professor of chemistry at Princeton University from 1966 to 1969. In 1970 he was appointed associate professor of chemistry at MIT; in 1973 he became full professor and was named Arthur C. Cope Professor in 1980. He served as head of the Department of Chemistry, 1976-1977, and dean of science, 1982-1985. He was provost of MIT from 1985 to 1990, when he returned to teaching as an Institute Professor. From 1977 to 1980, and again from 1993 to 1996, John Deutch was on leave from MIT.

John Deutch also served in a number of government positions. From 1977 to 1980 he held several positions in the US Department of Energy: Director of Energy Research, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology, and Undersecretary of the Department of Energy. Later, from March 1993 to March 1994, he served as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Technology. From March 1994 to May 1995, he served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense. In May 1995, he was sworn in as Director of Central Intelligence and served in that position until December 1996.

In addition, John Deutch has served on many commissions during several presidential administrations including the President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee (1980-1981); the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (1983); the White House Science Council (1985-1989); the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (1997-2001), the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (1990-1993); the President’s Commission on Aviation Safety and Security (1996); the Commission on Reducing and Protecting Government Secrecy (1996); and as Chair of the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (1998-1999).


21 Cubic Feet (19 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 2 half-manuscript box)

8 Megabytes (9 digital files)

Language of Materials



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

Source of Acquisition

Materials were given to the Department of Distinctive Collections (formerly the Institute Archives and Special Collections) by John M. Deutch.

Digital material originally on CD-ROM. Joe Carrano, digital archivist, migrated content off of the disc in 2022 May.

Appraisal note

Needs review.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Processing Information

Digital content originally stored on CD-ROM. Joe Carrano, digital archivist, migrated the content off of the media using CCA tools SIPCreator tool.

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of John M. Deutch
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 February: Description for accession 2021-006 added to container list and collection level description updated by Greta Kuriger Suiter.
  • 2021 August 25: Edited by Lana Mason to remove aggrandizing terms in the biographical note description.
  • 2022 June 1: Joe Carrano, digital archivist, updated extent, collection-level notes, and listing to relfect digital media transfer accession 2022-072
  • 2023 September 5: Revised by processing archivist, Chris Tanguay, to add access notes and enhance description.

Repository Details

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