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The Learning and Computing Collection contains an extensive body of resources related to the community of people who pioneered the exploration of the intersections of computational media and mind (primarily at MIT). 1

On the Web
Natural Learning Case Study Archives (R. Lawler)
Mentors: like unforgetable melodies, colleagues linger in the mind (Robert Lawler, NLCSA)

Oliver Selfridge (The Telegraph, December 2008)
Oliver Selfridge, an Early Innovator in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 82 (John Markoff, New York Times)

Marvin Minsky (Media Lab)
Society of Mind (Marvin Minsky)

Seymour Papert (MIT Media Lab)
Gears of my Childhood (Seymour Papert, Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas)
Uses of Technology to Enhance Education (Seymour Papert)

MIT Logo Memos (1971-1981)

LogoThings (Cynthia Solomon)
Logo Foundation
Seymour Papert: On Logo (Logo Foundation) [Video Series]

Logo Tree Project (P. Boytchev)
Emerging Research on K-12 Computer Science Education: Block- or text-based programming environments? (Benjamin Herold, Ed Week)

Here is just a small sample of what is in the Logo collection.


Logo Commodore


Logo MSX1




Texas Instruments

Sprite LOGO

Apple IIe Running Sprite Logo, Word WorldsSprite Board, Close-up


LEGO Technic circa 1986



Handy Cricket Kit from Fred Martin
Handy Cricket Kit from Fred Martin
Handy Crickets with Sensors and Motors
Handy Crickets with Sensors and Motors
PICO Kit donated by Brian Silverman



XO & Etoys


These are some of the most relevant books in the collection. More…

1 The majority of artifacts were acquired as a result of Mary Hopper’s academic work with her doctoral adviser Robert Lawler at Purdue University and her later work at MIT and Lesley University. In addition, through donations from Lawler, there are unique resources related to his friends and advisers (Oliver Selfridge, Marvin Minsky and Seymour Papert). Finally, the collection includes many dialects of the Logo Programming Language and related materials (see also the New Media Museum’s closely related Ed-Bots Collection).

© New Media Museum created by M. E. Hopper