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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1324 March 2005

Murray Archives Unites with Harvard-MIT Data Center

After exploring a variety of options for the Murray Archives, the Radcliffe Institute and the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) have agreed to incorporate the Murray Archives into the HMDC. For the past 18 months, the Institute has been consulting with experts and deliberating about the future of the Murray Archives, a repository of longitudinal qualitative and quantitative social science data.

The HMDC is the main repository of social science data at Harvard and MIT. Directed by Gary King, the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University, the HMDC is involved in numerous substantive and methodological research projects in the social sciences and is closely integrated with the Harvard College Library Social Science Project, the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences, the Department of Government, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The Murray Archives and the HMDC have collaborated on projects in the past.

With this arrangement, the Murray will maintain its name and identity as a distinctive presence within the HMDC and will move with the HMDC into the new Center for Government and International Studies building when it opens in the summer of 2005.

"The Murray's traditions of collecting both qualitative and quantitative data and its special interest in women's lives will be preserved and enhanced through this new position within a dynamic consortium of data archives and social science scholars," said Louise Richardson, executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

The predecessor of the Murray Archives—the Radcliffe Data Resource and Research Center—was established at Radcliffe College in 1976. In 1980, it was renamed the Henry A. Murray Research Center.

 

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