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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering curricula

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0122

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains bound student reports from the School of Chemical Engineering Practice stations (1917-1961), and photograph albums from the school's Mt. Katahdin trips (1930-1935) and other activities (1958-1972). Bound volumes of materials used in department classes include course descriptions and schedules; class handouts; problem sets and solutions; copies of quizzes, project assignments, and reports; and evaluation forms. There is also some information about department participation in Independent Activities Period.


  • Creation: 1903 - 1992


Access note

This collection is open.

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

In 1888 Lewis Mills Norton established a program in chemical engineering, Course X, in the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which eventually became the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. In July 1920 Chemical Engineering became a separate department. The School of Chemical Engineering Practice was established in 1916 to provide students with practical experience in industrial facilities. MIT practice stations were established at industrial plants where students worked on projects but remained under the supervision of the MIT resident staff and director. Since its founding, the practice school has operated about twenty stations. In 1951 a division of nuclear engineering was established in the Department of Chemical Engineering. This division became the Department of Nuclear Engineering in 1958. The heads of the Department of Chemical Engineering included Warren K. Lewis, 1920 to 1929; William P. Ryan, 1929 to 1933; Walter Whitman, 1933 to 1961; Edwin R. Gilliland, 1961 to 1969; Raymond F. Baddour, 1969 to 1976; Kenneth A. Smith, acting head, 1976 to 1977; James Wei, 1977 to 1989; Robert A. Brown, 1989 to; Klavs Jensen, 2007 to 2015; Paula T. Hammond 2015 to present (2016).


125 Cubic Feet (122 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes)

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Processing Information note

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Preliminary Inventory to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Chemical Engineering Curricula, 1903-1992
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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