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Janet H. Murray papers

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Identifier: MC-0531

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of materials documenting the Athena Language Learning Project (ALLP) and the Laboratory for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (LATH). These materials include proposals, reports, and documentation (such as flow charts, programming notes, and screen shots) for the developmental projects Discourse, Lingo, Natural Language Learning, video tool kits, and interactive videos (A la recontre de Philippe and Dans la quartier St. Gervais). Other MIT-related materials include proposals for the establishment of the Athena Writing Center and the new Language Learning and Resource Center. The collection also contains course materials, presentations, and writings by Janet Murray.


  • Creation: 1971 - 1996


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Janet Horowitz Murray, 1946-, BA in English, State University of New York at Binghamton; MA in English and American Literature and Language, 1968, Harvard University; PhD in English and American Literature and Language, 1974, Harvard University, came to MIT in 1971 as an instructor of literature, Department of Humanities and in 1973 became assistant professor of literature, Department of Humanities. Between 1978 and 1985 she held various positions, including research associate and lecturer. (For a short time she held these positions simultaneously.) In 1985 she was appointed principal research scientist for the Writing Program, and in 1990, was appointed ssenior research scientist, foreign languages and literatures. From 1984-1992 she was the project director of the Athena Language Learning Project (ALLP), which was primarily funded by a grant from the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Project. From 1992 to 1996 she oversaw the Laboratory for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (LATH). In 1997, she became senior research scientist for the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives, a research division of the Center for Advanced Educational Services. Her work has focused on women's studies, Victorian studies, narrative form, computer assisted language learning, and natural language instruction through multimedia computer applications. She has written numerous articles and reviews and her books include Strong-Minded Women and Other Lost Voices from Nineteenth-Century England (1982, 1984) and Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace (1997).


10 Cubic Feet (10 record cartons)

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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.

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Janet H. Murray
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Approximate collection dates added and Scope and Content note formatted to comply with DACS single-level optimum requirements. Work completed by Lana Mason, archives assistant.

Repository Details

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