I am helping my colleague, Brigitte Stenhouse, in a piece of work on “contextualizing the curriculum”. We are looking to assemble a collection of mathematical sources which showcase diversity in mathematics and the roles played by society and community in mathematical research. We are interested in historical sources that show people of different **ethnicities**, of different **genders**, of different **social classes**, in different **locations** and in different **settings**… doing, learning or accessing mathematics. So, my questions for you are:

**Do you know of such sources? Do you have access to them? Can you help us get access to them?**

It might help to know what we mean by sources. They can be materials held in archives or published works. For the project we will ultimately want an image of the original primary source material, and we will produce a transcription / image description/ translation as appropriate. The sources can be associated with an individual or with a larger group of people who shared a mathematical practice. Some possible examples:

- Katherine Goble Johnson’s paper
*Determination of Azimuth Angle at Burnout for Placing a Satellite Over a Selected Earth Position*[SJ60]: this was the first instance of a woman in the flight research division of NASA receiving credit as the author of a research report. - Pages from an unpublished book on differential calculus written by Mary Somerville c. 1830.
- Dadabhai Naoroji’s 1876 paper on Poverty of India which used statistics to criticize and analyse the extraction of resources from India by the British Empire.
- A 1920 paper on
*Fertility of the Middle Classes: A statistical study*co-authored by Frances Wood [BGW20], after whom the Wood Medal of the Royal Statistical Society is named. This paper appeared in the journal*The Eugenics Review*. This will naturally cause immediate recoil for many people and so the supplementary material for this source will need to address this and explain the context.

Our intention is that, whenever a source is added to the collection, we also add supplementary information: context and user notes, discussion questions, assessment suggestions. We want the collection to be easily searchable, and to be freely available as a resource for people interested in the many different contexts in which mathematics is done. We are imagining a target audience of college students and undergraduates with an interest in the history of mathematics.

I will make this question a community-wiki. It would be great to hear of as many sources as possible that Brigitte and I can investigate and add to the collection. If you would like to learn more please contact Brigitte via her OU email address at the link above.

[BGW20] Brown JW, Greenwood, Wood F. The fertility of the English middle classes. A statistical study. Eugen Rev. 1920 Oct;12(3):158-211.

[SJ60] Skopinski, T. H., Johnson, K. G. (1960). Determination of Azimuth Angle at Burnout for Placing a Satellite Over a Selected Earth Position. United States: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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