Digitized materials in this online collection form part of the Office of the President, records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian (AC-0004) in the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections. For more information about the materials, please consult the collection finding aid.

Collection scope and contents:
The collection consists of records created while Karl Taylor Compton (president 1930-1948) and James Rhyne Killian (president 1948-1959) served in the position of president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It contains correspondence, reports, memoranda, and committee materials about the activities of the presidents and their staff, the definition and evolution of policies, and the administration of the Institute. Records document Compton's early efforts to strengthen the administrative structure of the Institute, to encourage research, and to develop the science curriculum. Defense research and other contributions in the years of World War II, as well as MIT's role and influence in policy and research developments in the postwar years is also well documented.

Dates:
1930 - 1959

Please note:
Materials in this collection may be under copyright. Please consult the collection finding aid or catalog record and the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for more information.

Citation:
Please cite the source item title (dc.title), collection title and identifier, and repository.

Example: Guided missiles, Guidance and Control Symposium, 1947. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian (AC-0004). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections.

Repository details:
Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository https://libraries.mit.edu/distinctive-collections