University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Problems and Solutions: 1938-1964 Records, 1938-1980



Descriptive Summary

Title William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Problems and Solutions: 1938-1964 Records
Dates: 1938-1980
Abstract 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.
Accession No. 86-38
Extent 1 ft., 8 in.
Language Materials written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored offsite at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


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.

Administrative Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence

Box
5.11/86-38/1 1955-1963
1964-1970
1968-1973
1974-1980



 

Problems and solutions:

Box
5.11/86-38/1 Notebooks (of Robert E. Greenwood)
1956-1959
1956-1962
Box
5.11/86-38/2 1958, 1965
1967
"Original" question sheets, photocopied articles



 

Typescript for book:

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5.11/86-38/2 Preface, appendix, with printed matter and correspondence with contestants
Competitions:
1 (1938) - 5 (1942)
6 (1946) - 10 (1950)
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5.11/86-38/3 11 (1951) - 15 (1955)
16 (1956) - 20 (1959)
21 (1960) - 25 (1964)
Index, figures



 

Galley and page proofs:

Box
5.11/86-38/3 Preface, Competitions 1 - 8
Box
5.11/86-38/4 Competitions 9 - 19
Competitions 20 - 25, late additions to 10 and 13; problems
Appendix, figures
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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5.11/86-38/4 pp. 3 - 316
pp. 317 - 652