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Mathematics Department Records, 1933-1994View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1933-1981
The Mathematics Department Records document the teaching and research activities of the department and the involvement of Department Chair, W.E. Milne, in campus organizations. The records include correspondence, reports, lecture notes, and publications. Mathematics courses have been taught at Oregon State since its founding in 1868; however, research and graduate instruction in mathematics began in 1932 with establishment of the School of Science, which included the Mathematics Department.
ID: RG 136
Extent: 0.75 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Mathematics Department Records (RG 136), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred to the Archives from the 1960s through 2005.
Acquired: Additions to the collection are expected.
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Series 1: William Edmund Milne General Correspondence, 1933-1939 Add to Shelf
Series 1 consists of correspondence and related materials created and received by Milne in his role as chair of the Mathematics Department and as a member of several campus faculty groups and honor societies. Of particular note are materials pertaining to the mathematics graduate programs and a computation service offered by the department. The microfilm does not include targets separating original folders. Some of the original paper documents are part of Series 2.
Reel-Item 1.1: Century Club, 1936 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.2: Engineers Club, 1935-1937 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.3: Faculty Men's Club, 1933-1939 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.4: Graduate School Material and Graduate Studies, 1935-1939 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.5: Computation Service, 1938-1939 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.6: Miscellaneous material for NYA and Paper Readers, 1935-1939 Add to Shelf
Students employed as graders.
Reel-Item 1.7: Order of the Spoon, 1935-1936 Add to Shelf
A faculty advancement organization.
Reel-Item 1.8: Phi Kappa Phi, 1937-1939 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.9: Pi Mu Epsilon, 1933-1939 Add to Shelf
Sub-Series 10: Mathematical Problems and Inquiries, 1934-1939 Add to Shelf
Includes correspondence from high school teachers, faculty at other colleges and universities, prospective students, and the public.
Reel-Item 1.10: Reports, 1935 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.11: Sigma Xi, 1936-1938 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.12: Summer Session material, 1935 Add to Shelf
Reel-Item 1.13: Triad Club, 1936-1939 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Subject Files, 1933-1981 Add to Shelf
Series 2 consists of correspondence, reports, and instructional materials documenting the teaching and research activities of the department. The reports provide information about early computers at Oregon State. The information pamphlet for undergraduate mathematics major includes detailed information about degree requirements and courses as well as scholarships and employment opportunities in mathematics. The series also includes original paper records of the some of the microfilmed Milne correspondence in Series 1.
Box-Folder 1.1 Add to Shelf
Sub-Series 1: William Edmund Milne General Correspondence, 1933-1939 Add to Shelf
Original paper copies of some of the microfilmed records in Series 1.
Item 1: Faculty Men's Club, 1933-1939 Add to Shelf
Item 2: Graduate School Material and Graduate Studies, 1935-1939 Add to Shelf
Item 3: Computation Service, 1938-1939 Add to Shelf
Item 4: National Youth Administration (NYA) and readers, 1935-1939 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.2 Add to Shelf
Sub-Series 1: Reports, 1959-1964 Add to Shelf
Item 1: Machine Modifications, 1959 Add to Shelf
Modifications performed on the ALWAC III-E digital computer in the Oregon State College Computing Center; written by George A. Dubinski.
Item 2: Progress Report of the Nebula Computer, 1964 Add to Shelf
By J.A. Boles, P.T. Rux, and F.W. Weingarten.
Box-Folder 1.3: Solutions Manual for Applied Differential Equations, 1981 Add to Shelf
Manual written by M.N.L. Narasimhan to be used by students and instructors in MTH 321 with the second edition of the textbook Differential Equations and their Applications: An Introduction to Applied Mathematics by M. Braun.
Box-Folder 1.4: Information Pamphlet for Undergraduate Mathematics Majors in 1963-1964, 1963 Add to Shelf
Provides information of use to undergraduate students in mathematics; topics include curriculum, courses, and degree requirements; opportunities for employment or graduate study; the Honors Program; grants, honors, awards, scholarships, and fellowships; competitions; organizations and periodicals; and recommended reading.
Series 3: Lecture Notes, 1974-1975 Add to Shelf
Series 3 consists of 5 bound volumes of lecture notes prepared by Bent E. Peterson and Aldo Andreotti for mathematics courses taught during the 1974-1975 academic year.
Box-Item 1.1: Singularities of Differentiable Maps, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Item 2.1: Cauchy Problem and Convexity, Winter, 1975 Add to Shelf
For MTH 528.
Box-Item 2.2: Elliptic Operators, Spring, 1975 Add to Shelf
By Bent E. Petersen for MTH 529.
Box-Item 2.3: Holomorphic Functions with Bounds, Summer, 1974 Add to Shelf
By Bent E. Petersen.
Box-Item 2.4: Partial Differential Equations, 1974-1975 Add to Shelf
By Bent E. Petersen for MTH 527, 528, and 529.
Series 4: Publications, 1963-1994 Add to Shelf
Series 4 consists of department publications for internal and external audiences and includes the weekly staff newsletter for 1985-1986; the annual department newsletter for alumni, retired faculty, and friends of the department; a brochure promoting the undergraduate and graduate programs in actuarial science offered by the Mathematics Department; and a compilation of research papers prepared by high school students as part of their participation in the Summer Institute in Mathematics at Oregon State University in 1962, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Box-Folder 3.1: Mathematics Department Staff Newsletter, 1985-1986 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.2 Add to Shelf
Item 1: Mathematician, 1991-1994 Add to Shelf
Item 2: Brochure on Acturial Science, 1991 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.3: 1963 Add to Shelf
Papers written by participants in Summer Institute in Mathematics for high school students; edited by R.E. Gaskell, Director of the Institute.