Correspondence, 1907-1945.


Correspondence, 1907-1945.

The correspondence of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education consists largely of letters between Dugald Jackson, Gerard Swope, and Karl Compton documenting their efforts to shape the curriculum at major engineering schools. The society was particularly interested in encouraging engineering schools to teach courses which focused on the business and economic aspects of engineering. Jackson and Compton appear to have been concerned with separating the engineering schools from the liberal arts colleges which they viewed as being overly concerned with abstractions and lacking constructive approaches to industrial problems. The correspondence also documents the society's efforts to develop standards for professional ethics, raise funds for scholarships and fellowships for needy students, and develop library collections. The files contain a good deal of information about the Engineering department at M.I.T.--its structure, curriculum, funding sources, and relationships with industry.

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