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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Organizations

Conferences and Meetings

Correspondence

Teaching and Research

Personal

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the G. Baley Price Papers



Descriptive Summary

Creator Price, G. Baley (Griffith Baley), 1905-
Title G. Baley Price Papers
Dates: 1932-1993
Abstract G. Baley Price (1905-2006) was a professor of mathematics at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, from 1937-1975. This collection includes correspondence, committee files, and printed material documenting his work.
Accession No. 93-372
Extent 9 ft. 5 in.
Language Materials written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Griffith Baley Price (1905-2006) received his PhD from Harvard University in 1932, then spent several years teaching at the University of Rochester. He became a professor of mathematics at the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1937, where he remained until 1975, including a term as chair of the department from 1951-1970. Price helped to establish the School Mathematics Study Group and was intimately involved with its development and spread of the "New Math," as well as efforts to reform mathematics education more generally. He was active in both the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS). He served as president of the MAA in 1957-1958 and was awarded the Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics in 1970. In addition, Price was a civilian operations analyst at the headquarters of the Eighth Air Force in England (1943-1945). Price is the author of a history of his experiences with mathematics during World War II, as well as a history of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, committee files and printed material documenting Price's work with the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, and other mathematical and scientific organizations; his efforts towards mathematical curriculum reform; and his teaching and administrative work at the University of Kansas.

The collection is divided into five series: Organizations; Conferences and Meetings; Correspondence; Teaching and Research; and Personal. The Organizations series makes up the bulk of the collection, and is divided into sub-series by organization. Price’s term as president of the MAA and role as editor of the Bulletin of the AMS are particularly well represented. The Conferences and Meetings series documents the many events that Price attended, both as a speaker and participant. The Correspondence series includes a variety of correspondence, both incoming and outgoing. Much of the correspondence relates to Price’s involvement in mathematics education reform. The Teaching and Research series includes material from Price’s academic work, including material from the University of Rochester and University of Kansas, as well as his role as an instructor for the 1956 NSF Summer Institute. Finally, the Personal series contains a variety of items, including several from Price’s education at Harvard and work with the Air Force Operations Analysis Section.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gehman, Harry Merill.
Price, G. Baley (Griffith Baley), 1905-.
Subjects (Organizations)
American Mathematical Society.
Mathematical Association of America.
School Mathematics Study Group.
United States. Air Force, 8th. Operational Analysis Section.
University of Kansas. Dept. of Mathematics.
Subjects
Educational change -- United States.
Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- United States.

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Related Material

Air Force Operations Analysis Section Records, 1942-1948, 1985, and undated, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Mathematical Association of America Records, 1916-present, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

G. Baley Price Collection, University Archives, PP 362, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

G. Baley Price Papers, 1932-1993, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Price’s original folder titles have been preserved on the inventory below, unless indicated by square brackets. Comprehensive dates have been added by the archivist.

This collection was arranged and rehoused in April 2013 by Elliot Williams. Contact archivist to view a copy of the previous finding aid reflecting Price’s original arrangement.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Organizations

Mathematical Association of America
President
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93-372/1 President, MAA, November 1, 1956 - September 1958
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93-372/2 President, MAA, October 1958 - February 1959
Jackson, Frederick H., Carnegie Corporation, 1957-1958
Committees of the Mathematical Association of America, 1958
Committee and other appointements, Washington Conference, 1958
MAA Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 16-18, 1958
Dr. J. R. Killian, Jr., Washington, D.C., June 11, 1958
Trip to New York, October 11-13, 1958
Meeting, U. S. Office of Education Secretary, Arthur S. Fleming, Washington, D.C., November 5, 1958
Meeting: Continental Classroom, New York City, December 4, 1958
Committee on the Undergraduate Program
Duren textbook project, Summer 1954, 1953-1955
Committee on the Undergraduate Program, 1956-1958
Meeting, Committee on the Undergraduate Program, Washington, November 15-16, 1958
Washington on the Committee on the Undergraduate Program, 1958
Meeting, Committee on the Undergraduate Program, New York City, December 29-30, 1958
Committee on the Undergraduate Program, 1959
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93-372/3 Trip to Washington, D.C., January 9-11, 1959
Committee on the Undergraduate Program, New York City, May 26-27, 1959
General
MAA Project, 1938
Board of Governors, MAA, 1950-1956
Committee on Expository Lectures, MAA, October 1951
Board of Governors, MAA [empty folder], 1959
Continental Classroom, 1959
H. F. Bohnenblust, California Institute of Technology, April 4-6, 1959
Kansas Section, MAA, Salina, April 11, 1959
Missouri Section, MAA, St. Louis, April 11, 1959
MAA Conference, Summer Institute Instructors, St. Louis, May 2, 1959
Bohnenblust: Washington Office Meeting, New York City, May 4, 1959
Joint MAA/AMS Meetings
AMS and MAA meeting, Penn State, August 26-30, 1957
Cincinnati meeting of the MAA and AMS, January 28-31 [1958] , 1957-1958
MAA, AMS Cambridge meeting, August 25-29, 1958
MAA and AMS meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 20-24 [1959], 1958-1959
American Mathematical Society
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, 1950 [1949-1951]
Record of manuscripts received for the Bulletin, 1950-1957
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, 1951
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93-372/4 Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, May 1951 - December 1953
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Sansone case, 1953
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, 1955 - August 1957
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93-372/5 Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, August 1957 - 1959
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93-372/10 Mathematical Reviews
Math Reviews, subscribers, December 11, 1939
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93-372/5 General
AMS Summer Meeting, 1938
American Mathematical Society, 1939
American Mathematical Society, 1946-1955
American Mathematical Society, 1949-1957
Committee to Cooperate with the American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1950-1953
AMS Vari-type Committee, 1952-1954
Committee on Controversial Questions, AMS, 1952
Council, AMS, 1952-1954
AMS Notices, 1954-1955
Council and Trustees of the American Mathematical Society, 1958-1959
National Research Council
Committee on Educational Policy, National Research Council, 1955-1958
Division of Mathematics National Research Council, 1955-1958
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93-372/6 Committee on Fellowships (Postdoctoral), National Research Council, 1956-1959
Committee on Educational Policy, National Research Council, 1957-1958
Committee on Educational Policy, National Research Council, Folder Number 2, August 13, 1957, [1957-1958]
[National Research Council, Industry-Education Conference], 1957
National Research Council, 1958-1959
School Mathematics Study Group
School Mathematics Study Group, Advisory Committee Meeting, 1958-1959
School Mathematics Study Group, Advisory Committee Meeting, Hunter College, April 30, 1958
School Mathematics Study Group, Yale University, June 23-July 19, 1958
School Mathematics Study Group, Advisory Committee Meeting, January 24, 1959
Other Organizations
Sigma Xi, 1934-1936
Societies, MAA, AAAS, AMS, Kansas Academy of Science, 1937-1939
Operations Research Society of America, 1952-1954
Printed material [includes material from NSF, MAA, and the University of Kansas], 1954-1958
Notes [includes material about NSF and CUP], 1955, undated
Commission on Mathematics, 1956-1958
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93-372/7 Regional Consultant, STIP, J.R. Mayor (Math Department Development Fund), 1956-1959
Temporary Chairman, Conference Board, 1958
Appendices [Commission on Mathematics], 1959
Mathematics Subcommittee KSTA [Kansas State Teahcers Association] Committee on Coordination, 1959
Program for College Preparatory Mathematics [with letter from the Commission on Mahtematics], April 9, 1959

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Conferences and Meetings

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93-372/7 Didactic Section, 1940 International Congress Committee, 1940
International Congress of Mathematics, 1940
Meeting at Rock Island, Illinois [Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics], October 6, 1956
National Science Foundation, meeting of regional representatives, Washington, November 14, 1956
[Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Conference on Mathematics and Science Education], 1957-1958
Second Conference on Mathematics Instruction, Washington, May 13-14, 1957
AEC [Atomic Energy Commission] Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 16, 1957
American Council on Education, Washington, D.C., October 10-11, 1957
NEA Meeting, Washington, December 3, 1957
Indianapolis meetings, December 26-27, 1957
Materials Portfolio, Area Conference on Mathematics and Science Teaching, The Defiance College, Defiance Ohio, December 20, 1957, [1957-1958]
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93-372/8 International Congress of Mathematicians, Edinburgh, 1958
Invitations to speak in 1958-1959
Meeting at Hunter College, January 20, 1958
Meeting at U. S. Office of Education, Washington, D.C., February 10-11, 1958
MIT meeting, Mina Rees, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 28-March 1, 1958
AAAS Parliament of Science, Washington, D.C., March 15-17, 1958
Conference on University Development, March 22, 1958
Meeting of NCTM, Cleveland, Ohio, April 11, 1958
Meeting on draft report, Commission on Mathematics, May 14, 1958
NSF Summer Institutes Panel, Washington, D.C., September 12-13, 1958
Emporia Meeting of School Boards, September 19, 1958
Washington and Charlottesville, October 2-5, 1958
Conference for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching, Austin, Texas, October 23-25, 1958
Speakers for Kansas State Teachers Association, November 7, 1958
M. H. Trytten, NAS-NRC, meeting in Washington, D.C., November 19, 1958
[Kansas TEPS Conference, "Tentative Report"], 1959
Conference on Elementary School Mathematics, Chicago, February 13-14, 1959
Symposium on Basic Research, New York City, May 14-15, 1959
NSF Meeting, Washington, Harry C. Kelly, May 18-19, 1959
National TEPS Conference, University of Kansas, June 23-26, 1959

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Correspondence

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93-372/8 Correspondence, 1937-1939
Dr. Price, incoming correspondence, 1952-1953
Dr. Price, outgoing letters, 1952
Dr. Price (personal), 1952
Correspondence, 1955-1958
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93-372/9 Guggenheim, Memorial Foundation, 1957-1958
Caffyn, Lois, Curriculum Supervisor, 1958
Congressional Record Digest, 1958-1959
Hieber, Dr. Homer, 1958
National Science Foundation, correspondence, 1958
Rand Corporation, John D. Williams, 1958-1959
Throckmorton, Adel F., 1958
Correspondence, 1959

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Teaching and Research

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93-372/9 Reprints of G. Baley Price literary productions, 1932-1993
Mathematics Department [University of Rochester], 1935-1936
University [University of Rochester], 1935-1936
Office of Ordnance Research, 1952
Project West Wind [Dept. of the Navy], 1952
NSF Summer Institute, Ann Arbor, 1956
VanderWerf's committee, Ford Foundation proposal, 1956
Films for USAF I, Calvin Company, 1957-1958
Linear Topological Spaces, September 1957
Travel Fund, 1957-1958
Mountain, H. A., 1958-1959
Production of films for Calvin Company, 1958
The Scottish Book, by Ulam, 1959
"Mathematical Aspects of Philosophical Thought," by George D. Birkhoff, undated

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Personal

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93-372/9 [Miscellaneous printed material, includes Harvard and Rochester material], 1927-1936, 1958-1959, 1967
Directory, Harvard University, 1928-1932
Letters and certificates of appreciation, U.S. Air Force Operations Analysis, 1944-1946
Harvard Universtiy, John Winthrop House, 1957

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