The Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA Oral History Project seeks to preserve the rich and diverse experiences of MIT alumnae by documenting 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 conceived as a way to provide a history of experiences of women who often pursued careers untraditional for women.
The project is named in memory of Margaret MacVicar, class of 1964, the founder of UROP. The project is directed by Margery Resnick, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies. AMITA members began raising an endowment for the project in 1990.
The oral histories are a resource for researchers of the history of women in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and architecture; the role of women in higher education; and the evolution of the involvement of women at MIT.