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Carnegie Mellon Action Project (C-MAP), Upward Bound, SCOPP Collection

Identifier: 0000-0009

Scope and Content Note

The C-MAP Collection contains records dealing with programs instituted at Carnegie Institute of Technology, and later, Carnegie-Mellon University, to aid economically and educationally disadvantaged students in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This collection includes research reports that evaluate the progress of the programs from their inception at the University. In addition, the collection includes extensive financial records that incorporate grant and funding applications from various corporate and government institutions.

This collection contains information on the participants of the programs including administrators, faculty, staff, and students. There are several documents published by and for the participants in these programs, many of which were used to recruit and inform prospective students. There are also many newspaper clippings, which have been photocopied for preservation purposes. Additionally, this collection includes 71 photograph albums that were created and maintained by C-MAP. The albums include photographs of carnival, commencement, SPIRIT Fashion Shows, awards banquets, receptions, summer program, Hoopla Basketball games, and many other events and activities sponsored by C-MAP between 1984-2005.The collection also includes a handful of 35mm negatives and images on CD-Rs. The Collection was organized into 18 series that were arranged alphabetically.


  • Majority of material found within 1966-2005
  • 1963-2005


Biography or History

In the early 1960s, American academic institutions began recognizing the challenges of educationally and economically disadvantaged students in pursuing higher educational goals. Carnegie Institute of Technology became one of many national universities implementing programs to recruit, train, and support minority students.

The pilot program at Carnegie Institute of Technology was the Program to Aid Negro Students instituted in 1963. During 1964-1965, the program evolved into the School College Orientation Program of Pittsburgh (SCOPP).

SCOPP merged with its national counterpart, Upward Bound, in 1966 and was financed during its first year under the Economic Opportunity Act. This program continued until 1968, when it evolved into the Carnegie-Mellon Action Project (C-MAP). C-MAP grew out of a committee of faculty and students who continued to be concerned with the racial imbalance of the student population and began to address problems facing ethnically diverse students at the college level.

In 1971, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education established Act 101. This Act was created to provide support for institutions of higher learning to educate and provide counseling services for undergraduate students whose cultural, economic, and educational disadvantages impaired their ability to successfully pursue higher educational opportunities. From 1972-1991, Act 101 operated under the auspices of C-MAP. Strict guidelines imposed by Act 101 eventually led to the end of state funding for this program in 1992.


10 Linear feet (10 boxes)




The School College Orientation Program in Pittsburgh (SCOPP) began as a joint program between the university and the Pittsburgh Public Schools to help academically and economically disadvantaged students prepare for college. SCOPP merged with its national counterpart, Upward Bound, in 1966. C-MAP began in 1968 to address problems facing ethnically diverse students at the college level. In the 1980s, C-MAP broadened its efforts to include Lantix, Hispanic, and Native American students.


The provenance of the original transfer is unknown. The accrual of photo albums and newsletters was transferred to the archvies in 2017.

Related Collections

Photographs related to SCOPP, C-MAP, and CMARC can be found in the General Photograph Collection and the Marketing and Communications Photograph Collection.


July 1996; Original inventory by Alexis M. Landeros. Box 1 and 2 organized by Lela J. Sewell. March 3, 2004; Collection rearranged and finding aid written by Angelle Pryor. November 24, 2020; C-MAP accrual (2017-0021) was intergrated into the collection, boxes and folders were renumbered, finding aid was edited to reflect additions by Emily Davis.

C-MAP Collection, 1963-2005
update by Emily Davis
May 29, 2008; updated November 2020
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Revision Statements

  • 2024-03-16: This finding aid was reviewed during a reparative language review in March 2024. It may contain language considered to be outdated and/or offensive. The original language was retained as it was taken directly from the original sources and provides important context about materials, their creators, and/or the society in which the materials were created.

Repository Details

Part of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives Repository

4909 Frew St
Pittsburgh PA 15213
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