University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mathematical Sciences Education Board Records, 1984-2000, 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mathematical Sciences Education Board
Title: Mathematical Sciences Education Board Records
Dates: 1984-2000, 2007
Abstract: The Mathematical Sciences Education Board Records (1984-2000, 2007) document the early years of the board.
Accession No.: 2013-277
Extent: 3.5 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

The Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB) was created by the National Research Council (NRC) in 1984 in response to the report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, produced in 1983 by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. Until the late 1990s, the MSEB functioned as a separate board. It was absorbed into a larger science education board at the NRC.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the early years of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, 1987-1992, during which Lynn A. Steen participated as a member of the founding executive committee; he also wrote and edited several MSEB publications during this period. In addition, the collection includes material from the three academic years during which Steen worked as the Executive Director of the board, 1992-1995, as well as files subsequent to his leadership. Documents include correspondence, memoranda, source files related to books and reports published by the board, strategic plans, planning documents, task force files, newsletters, and meeting material.

The collection is divided into two series: Activities and Publications. The order of the files and the collection was preserved as received.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Steen, Lynn Arthur, 1941-2015
Subjects (Organizations)
National Research Council
Mathematics education

Related Material

National Research Council Collection, 1989-1995

Separated Material

Lynn Steen’s files documenting his activities with the Mathematical Association of America and other mathematical groups were separated to the MAA Records and integrated under Steen’s presidential files.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mathematical Sciences Education Board Records, 1984-2000, 2007, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carol Mead, June 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Series 1: Activities

2013-277/1 (SRH-Math) MSEB Archives
Correspondence, memoranda, membership list, National Research Council (NRC) Matters (2 folders), 1984-1986
Membership lists, reports, proposal, 1987-1988
Minutes, memoranda, committee documents, analytic reports, 1989-1991
Planning reports, 1990-1992
Strategic plan, 1992
Equity and Diversity: newsletter, reports, papers, 1992-1994
2013-277/2 (SRH-Math) Finances: correspondence, reports, memoranda, plans, 1992-1995
Miscellany: strategic plan, memoranda, correspondence, minutes, papers, reports, 1992
Panel Colleges and Universities: strategic plan, agenda, reports, 1992-1993
Mathematics for Technical Workforce: correspondence, agendas, notes, reports, 1993-1995
National Science Foundation Proposal Development: proposal, drafts, 1993
2013-277/3 (SRH-Math) Miscellany: correspondence, memoranda, agendas, minutes, proposal, reprints, 1993
"Education of Elementary Teachers”: recommendations, memoranda, agendas, minutes, 1994-1995
“Shaping Up” (High School Math Problems): memoranda, advisory group documents, reports, 1994-1997
Miscellany: correspondence, planning documents, notes, paper, 1994
NRC Undergraduate Convocation: correspondence, program, meeting documents, 1995
2013-277/4 (SRH-Math) Miscellany
Memoranda, reports, minutes, correspondence, 1995
Correspondence, newsletter, 1996-2000
Quantitative literacy: Conference papers, meeting notes, Resource Guide draft (2 folders), 1999, 2007


Series 2: Publications

2013-277/4 (SRH-Math) Calculus Colloquium Correspondence
Correspondence, program, 1986-1987
Articles and Reports, 1987, undated
Background Papers, 1987
2013-277/5 (SRH-Math) Curriculum Task Force (2 folders): reports, memoranda, correspondence, agenda, paper, 1986-1988
“Everybody Counts”
Drafts 1-4 (2 folders), 1988
Drafts 5-6, 1988
2013-277/6 (SRH-Math) Commentary (2 folders), 1988
Report Reviews, memos, reports, 1988-1989
“Strands” (Giants) Planning: memos, correspondence, minutes, report, 1988-1989
“Making Math Work for Minorities” (2 folders): proceedings, 1989-1990
2013-277/7 (SRH-Math) “Making Math Work for Minorities”: directory of participants, 1990
“Reshaping School Mathematics”: correspondence, reports, 1989-1990
MS2000 Project: reports, correspondence, rosters, proposal, working paper, 1989-2000
“Moving Beyond Myths”: brochure, memoranda, reviews, reports, 1990-1992
“Measuring Up”: final flyer, correspondence, memoranda, press release, 1992
“Measuring What Counts”: flyer, summary, memoranda, 1993
“Shaping Up”: first draft, essays, 1996