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Maurice Robert Stein Papers on Blueprint for Counter Education

Identifier: 03-MWalB00508a

Scope and Contents

This collection of material is the work of Maurice Stein and Larry Miller prior to the first publication in 1970 of “Blueprint for Counter Education.” The majority of the materials in this collection are related to the development of their work which became the charts in that publication. A small portion of the material is written materials and interviews created about their work.


  • 1966-1968, undated


Biographical / Historical

In the summer of 1968 Brandeis sociology professor Dr. Maurice Stein hired then student (and future sociology professor) Larry Stein to help him with a book project on the subject of Modernism. The book proved to be too limited a format due to its linear nature, and Stein and Miller sought to find a new way to present the information. In that summer a series of materials were created which eventually led to the design of three charts which mapped out Modernism and Postmodernism in the West, including all fields of study. Stein and Miller aimed to find a radical new way to teach and learn by examining the inter-relatedness of persons, schools of thought, and works. The final blueprints were first used to teach at the California Institute of the Arts, where Stein and Miller came to make the final blueprints and teach, and were later utilized in the Brandeis curriculum on Stein’s return to Brandeis. The final chart designs for the 1970 publication “Blueprint for Counter Education” were enhanced by the visual design work of Marhall Henrichs. Blueprint was republished in 2016. The method of mapping out inter-related concepts visually is attributed to Dr. Stein’s mode class preparation and presentation, which he had done for many years as a teacher prior to the summer of 1968.


6.3 Linear Feet (9 oversized folders, 1 oversized roll, and one small manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The primary materials in the collection have been artificially categorized by the Archives into four parts, or rather generations, of work. In some cases like materials have been separated into separate folders and envelopes in order to best preserve them.

Related Materials

Please see the University Alumni Collection for poster proofs from "Blueprint for Counter Education" the 2016 publication donated by Larry Miller class of 1969.

Materials Specific Details

Materials in the third and fourth generation are labelled as "blueprints." However these items are likely to actually be diazo prints, as they are positives rather than negatives.

Maggie McNeely
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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