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David Maxson Greene papers

Identifier: MC 48

Scope and Contents

The David Maxson Greene (1832-1905) papers (MC 48), 1872-1905, consist mainly of material relating to his time as Director of R.P.I. (1878-1891). The material, arranged chronologically, contains four daily diaries (1883, 1884, 1885, 1888) in which the coursework for each division of students is noted for each day. Also included in the diaries are notes on faculty meeting attendance and, in a few cases, conditions of advancement for students who have taken the entrance examination. Of particular interest in the collection is a letter written expressing the need for the advancement of R.P.I. The feeling that R.P.I. was not advancing as it should during Greene's directorship is one that has been subsequently written about in histories on the Institute. The author of this letter is unknown. Also in the collection is material relating to coursework taught by Greene, including notes on railroad engineering and four bound volumes, written by Greene, of notes on heat, steam and steam engines.


  • Created: 1872-1905



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Language of Materials



Textbooks and publications by David M.Greene (Director of R.P.I. 1878-1891) regarding steam engines, canals, and railroad engineering, 1872-1889; diaries, 1883-1885 and 1889; miscellaneous letters, 1885-1889; RPI progress report, 1891; and tributes to Greene, circa 1905.

Arrangement Note

The materials are arranged in chronological order within each box.

Related Materials

See James Hall Papers, MC 73

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Repository Details

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