Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA Oral
MacVicar Memorial AMITA Oral History Project is an effort to
document the lives of women who attended MIT. Through the auspices
of UROP, undergraduate students conduct background research on the
lives of their subjects and then interview them to learn about their
experiences in detail. The project was originally conceived as a
way to provide a history of experiences of women who often pursued
careers untraditional for women. By depositing transcripts of the
interviews in the MIT
Archives, this information is available for researchers.
Fund raising for the Oral History Project began in 1991 with the goal
of raising $100,000 as an endowment. Money from the endowment is used
to purchase equipment to record interviews, cover the costs of preparing
transcripts for the MIT Archives, to provide modest travel funds as needed
and to provide UROP salary money for the students. Thanks to the generosity
of many alumnae, and some alumni, this goal was reached in 1996.
The project is directed by Margery
Resnick, assistant professor of Hispanic studies. Seventeen
interviews have been completed. Seven of these are in the MIT Archives,
available to interested researchers. The others are in various stages
of editing and review. There are also other currently in the planning
We continue to welcome suggestions for living alumnae to be interviewed.
Please keep in mind that only a few interviews can take place each year,
so we cannot get to all suggestions immediately. However we will keep
track of all who have been suggested. It is most helpful if each suggestion
can be accompanied by a brief paragraph about the woman to help in matching
the alumna with a student who shares some common interests. Please send
your suggestions to Sarah Simon '72
The Oral History Project is named in memory of
Margaret MacVicar '64. Margaret was the founder of UROP, and
was personally very supportive of the project.