Digitized materials in this online collection form part of the Office of the President, records of Special Assistant to the President Mary Rowe (AC-0232) in the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections. For more information about the materials, please consult the collection finding aid. Digitization of selected materials from this collection is still in progress.

Collection scope and contents:
This set of records illustrate some of the administrative work of Mary Rowe, who held the position of Special Assistant to the President and Ombudsperson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was the first to hold the newly created position of Special Assistant to the President for Women and Work when she came to MIT in February 1973. (In this position, from the beginning she served both women and men.) Soon more broadly, she was Special Assistant to the President, and then Special Assistant to the President and Ombudsperson. In 1980, MIT President Paul Gray established the Ombuds Office and appointed Rowe and Clarence G. Williams as MIT's first ombudspersons. The bulk of the records span the period from February 1973 when Rowe started at MIT through 2014, when she retired from the position.

The Mary Rowe papers (MC-0709)—which contain records of successive professional Ombudsman associations as well as a chronological series of publications Rowe authored—are closely tied to this set of MIT administrative records.

1960s to 2018

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.

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

Example: "Dealing with Harassment at MIT" handbook, 1996. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Special Assistant to the President Mary Rowe (AC-0232). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections. https://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/190197

Sponsorship note:
This collection was digitized with the generous support of Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof, M.Sc. 1993 Ph.D. 2002.

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