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Helen W. Samuels
Special Assistant
Office of the Provost
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Helen W. Samuels was trained as a librarian at Simmons College after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Queens College in New York City. She came to MIT in 1977 as Institute Archivist and served in that capacity until January 1997 when she moved to the Provost’s Office where she has worked on information policy and educational technology issues. Her research and publications examine the documentation of science, technology and institutions of higher education, and propose to use institutional functional analysis and documentation strategies as methods to improve the record of modern society. Her book, Varsity Letters: Documenting Modern Colleges and Universities, was published in 1992 by The Society of American Archivists and Scarecrow Press.