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Cambridge Partnership for Public Education records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0516

Scope and Contents

The formation of the Cambridge Partnership for Public Educatin (CPPE) and the development of its major policies are documented in the bylaws and minutes of meetings and correspondence of the Board of Directors. Detailed information about daily operations are recorded in general administrative files. The grant and program files include information about the DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Library Power Program, Project RICH, mini-grants, and other efforts to improve Cambridge Public Schools.

The only born-digital content in the collection consists of newsletter files for the Library Power grant program. Most common file formats: Macintosh Aldus PageMaker 5.0 file, Encapsulated PostScript File Format, Microsoft Word for Macintosh Document.


  • 1984 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Historical Note

The Cambridge Partnership for Public Education (CPPE) was founded in 1986 as a nonprofit organization consisting of local businesses, universities, teachers, and administrators with the common goal of improving the quality of education at the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Schools. Strategies for improvement have included professional development of teachers, expansion of library collections, curriculum improvement, dropout prevention, youth employment, and development of opportunities for Cambridge school system graduates. Two of CPPE's major ongoing efforts have been coordinating volunteer and apprenticeship programs and arranging for grant-funded purchase of library books.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of several university partners in CPPE, and has provided office space and overhead to the partnership for several years. CPPE directors have included Alford Dyson, Patricia Byrne, and Palmer Swanson.


12.3 Cubic Feet (12 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)

.826 Megabytes (8 digital files)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Source of Acquisiton

The records were given to the Department of Distinctive Collections (formerly the Institute Archives and Special Collections) by the Cambridge Partnership for Public Education in summer 1996 and January 1998.

Digital content originally on 3.5 inch floppy disk. Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, migrated the content in 2022 June.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Processing Information

Digital content originally on 3.5 inch floppy disk. Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, migrated the content using the Kryoflux program and extracted the content from the disk image using the Applesauce program.

Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Cambridge Partnership for Public Education
Ready For Review
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2022 July 11: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, updated the extent, collection-level notes, and listings to reflect digital media transfer accession 2022-074

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307 US