Document Reference NumberMA
TitleMaths Association Collections
DescriptionThe Mathematical Association is the leading organization for mathematics education at all levels in the UK. Its membership includes teachers and other educational professionals, mathematicians, students, parents, employers and others, largely in the UK but also across the world. It is the oldest established subject association in the UK, having been founded in 1871 as the Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching. It was renamed in 1897 as the Mathematical Association, to denote its wider subject interests.

The Mathematical Association’s principal aim is to support and promote confidence and enjoyment in mathematics for all, including young people and the primary age range. The Association interacts with teachers and others, including the young, through its publications and resources, workshops, conferences, professional development provision, nation-wide branches, and interactions with the media. It also seeks to influence mathematics education policy in evidence-based ways.

The Mathematical Association’s resources include a unique library for mathematics education which was started in 1889 and has been housed at the University of Leicester since the 1950s. The collection of books, periodicals and archival material grows through donations from publishers and association members or their relatives or friends, often following a bereavement.

The collection spans the sixteenth to the twenty-first century and now comprises 11 000 books and a worldwide collection of periodical runs. 1100 titles up to the nineteenth century are held in the Special Collections of the University of Leicester Library along with two archival collections: the John Hersee and June Smedley collections of manuscript exercise books from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Donated in 2004 and 2019 respectively, the exceptionally large John Hersee collection was given by the Hersee family along with his outstanding historical book collection. For June Smedley the Association’s Library was a fitting home for her collection.

A third archival collection - the Wittgenstein copy books and papers from the 1930s - was given to the Maths Association in the 1970s by Reuben Louis Goodstein, the Association’s librarian since the 1950s. This collection is on loan to Trinity College Library, Cambridge, an established centre for Wittgenstein scholarship.The contact details for Trinity College Library are Trinity College Library, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ, 01223 338488 or
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