Descriptive Summary
Putnam, William Lowell Mathematical Competition
William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Problems and Solutions:
1938-1964 Records
1938-1980
86-38
1 ft., 8 in.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American
History, The University of Texas at
Austin
Records concern the
preparation and publication of The William Lowell Putnam
Mathematical Competition Problems and Solutions: 1938-1964 (1980), by
Andrew M. Gleason, Robert E. Greenwood and L. M. Kelly. Material includes
correspondence, notebooks, drafts, and proofs.
Materials written in English.
Historical Note
The original idea of the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition
was expressed by William Lowell Putnam in 1921, and funded by a trust in Mrs.
Putnam's will. The first Competition, in approximately the present form, was
largely organized by George D. Birkhoff in 1938. The Competition is held
between teams from North American colleges, and is administered by the
Mathematical Association of America. In 1980, the Mathematical Association of
America published The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical
Competition Problems and Solutions: 1938-1964, by Andrew M. Gleason,
Robert E. Greenwood, and L.M. Kelly, which includes the problems, solutions,
and commentaries, together with material on the history of the
Competitions.

Scope and Contents
Records concern the preparation and publication of The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Problems and
Solutions: 1938-1964 (1980), by Andrew M. Gleason, Robert E. Greenwood
and L. M. Kelly. Material includes correspondence, notebooks, drafts, and
proofs.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

Access Restrictions
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Use Restrictions
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Preferred Citation
William Lowell Putnam Mathematical
Competition Problems and Solutions: 1938-1964 Records, 1938-1980,
Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University
of Texas at Austin.

Index Terms
Persons
Gleason, Andrew
M.
Greenwood, R. E.
Kelly, L. M. (Leroy
Milton), 1914-
Putnam, William Lowell,
1861-1924
Organizations
Mathematical Association of
America.
William Lowell Putnam
Mathematical Competition
Subjects
Mathematics--Competitions
Mathematics--Problems,
exercises, etc.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Correspondence
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1955-1963
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1964-1970
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1968-1973
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1974-1980
Problems and solutions:
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Notebooks (of Robert E. Greenwood)
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1956-1959
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1956-1962
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1958, 1965
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1967
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"Original" question sheets, photocopied
articles
Typescript for book:
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Preface, appendix, with printed matter and correspondence
with contestants
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Competitions:
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1 (1938) - 5 (1942)
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6 (1946) - 10 (1950)
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11 (1951) - 15 (1955)
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16 (1956) - 20 (1959)
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21 (1960) - 25 (1964)
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Index, figures
Galley and page proofs:
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Preface, Competitions 1 - 8
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Competitions 9 - 19
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Competitions 20 - 25, late additions to 10 and 13;
problems
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Appendix, figures
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Comments by Andrew M. Gleason, Robert E. Greenwood, and
L.M. Kelly on galley sheets; Comments on page proofs
Page proofs:
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pp. 3 - 316
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pp. 317 - 652