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Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA Oral History Project

The Margaret 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 stage.

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.


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