Archives of American Mathematics

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The Archives of American Mathematics, located at the University of Texas at Austin, aims to collect, preserve, and provide access to the papers principally of American mathematicians and the records of American mathematical organizations.


The Archives began in 1975 at the University of Texas at Austin with the preservation of the papers of Texas mathematicians R.L. Moore and H.S. Vandiver.[1]

In 1978, the Mathematical Association of America established the university as the official repository for its archival records and the name "Archives of American Mathematics" was adopted to encompass all of the mathematical archival collections at the university.[2] Originally a part of the Harry Ransom Center, in 1984, the Archives was added to the special collections of the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.[3]


The AAM includes approximately 120 collections.[4]

Notable examples

  • Mathematical Association of America Records.
  • Thomas F. Banchoff Papers document a career of teaching, writing, and making mathematical films.
  • Marion Walter Photograph Collection includes photographs of A.A. Albert, H.S.M. Coxeter, Paul Erdős, Fritz John, D.H. Lehmer, Alexander Ostrowski, George Polya, Mina Rees, and Olga Taussky-Todd.[5]
  • School Mathematics Study Group Records document the history of the "New Math" movement of the 1960s, and includes the files of the director, Edward G. Begle.
  • Dorothy L. Bernstein Papers reflect both her professional and personal life.
  • Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection consists of 14,000 photographs Halmos and others took from the 1930s to 2006.
  • Ivor Grattan-Guinness Papers reflect the career of a mathematics historian.
  • Paul Erdős and Carl Pomerance Correspondence Collection consists of 435 letters between Erdős and Pomerance.

Related collections elsewhere

Significant archives of American mathematicians and their organizations are held by other repositories. The following are examples which include a few Canadian collections with substantial United States connections. For the complete holdings, the catalogs of the individual repositories would need to be consulted. In addition, the archives of academic institutions will typically include administrative records of mathematics departments and clubs as well as the papers of faculty.


  1. Corry, Leo (2007). "A Clash of Mathematical Titans in Austin: Robert Lee Moore and Harry Schultz Vandiver (1924-1974)". Mathematical Intelligencer 29: 62–74. doi:10.1007/BF02986177. 
  2. The Minutes of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, 8–9 June 1978. pp. 3307-3312, accessed 17 July 2017.
  3. Mead, Carol; Lewis, Albert C. (September 2017). "The Archives of American Mathematics". Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society 105: 34–38. 
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  7. "American Philosophical Society, Manuscripts Department". 
  8. "Amherst College, Library". 
  9. "Boston Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department". 
  10. "Gibbes Papers, College of Charleston". 
  11. "Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University". 
  12. "Stibitz Papers, Dartmouth University". 
  13. "Courtenay/Purviance Finding Aid". 
  14. "Herman H. Goldstine Collection, 1941-1971". 
  15. "Harvard University Archives". 
  16. "Iowa State University, Special Collections and University Archives". 
  17. "Joint Archives of Holland, Hope College". 
  18. "Lewis Reeves Gibbes Papers. A Finding Aid.". 
  19. "H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society". 
  20. "Bertrand Russell Archives". 
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  24. "Hassler Correspondence". 
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  39. "Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan". 
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  42. "The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History". 
  43. "Nathan A. Court Collection". 
  44. "Kenneth Ownsworth May fonds". 
  45. "Gordon Thomas Whyburn Papers". 
  46. "Carl Allendoerfer papers". 
  47. "UW Archives and Records Management". 
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