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R.L. Moore Legacy Collection

The Legacy of R.L. Moore Project, established by the Educational Advancement Foundation, helps advance studies of the mathematician Robert Lee Moore (1882-1974), thereby promoting the study of more effective methods of learning and teaching at all educational levels and in all subjects. The R. L. Moore Legacy Collection consists of oral histories, conference materials, student notes, reminiscences, photographic materials, theses, dissertations, administrative files, and articles.


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Alice Beckenbach Interview
Donald R. Traylor Audio Recordings
Donald R. Traylor compiles a history of R. L. Moore and his teaching method through interviews with Moore’s colleagues and mathematical descendants. He also dictates notes about Moore and other subjects for his 1972 work, "Creative Teaching: Heritage of R. L. Moore."
Elsie Begle Interview
Elsie Begle (1916-2008) was Edward G. Begle’s (1914-1978) widow. In this interview Mrs. Begle discusses the educational background of herself and her husband, and her husband’s career in mathematics and mathematics education. Much of the interview concerns her recollections of Edward Begle’s role as head of the School Mathematics Study Group, a notable mathematics education reform program during the “New Math” era.
Henry Pollak Interview
Henry O. Pollak (1927-), talks about his educational experiences in Europe as a child and America, including his undergraduate years at Yale and his mathematics Ph.D. at Harvard; and his views on mathematics education, with particular attention to his participation in Begle's School Mathematics Study Group in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Patrick Suppes Interview
Patrick Suppes (1922-2014) received a Ph.D. in philosophy of science under Ernest Nagel. He studied the psychology of mathematical learning and pioneered efforts to improve the teaching of mathematics to young children. Suppes was the director of the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences (IMSSS) 1952-1992; the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University; and the Director of the Education Program for Gifted Youth.
William Chinn Interview
William Chinn (1919-2004) taught mathematics at the high school and college levels in San Francisco, California. In the 1960s he became involved with Edward Begle’s School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG). Chinn describes these experiences, as well as his education and his service in the Army in World War II.