Descriptive Summary
Rainich, G. Y. (George
Yuri), b. 1886
George Yuri
Papers
1925-1982
86-24; 2000-142
19504145
3 ft. 7 in.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American
History, The University of Texas at
Austin
The Rainich Papers
consist largely of manuscript materials for a proposed book, course notes (for
classes at the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame), and
seminar materials created between 1941 and 1965.
Biographical Note
George Yuri Rainich (né Rabinovich) was born in Russia on March 25,
1886. He studied mathematics at universities in Odessa, Göttlingen and Munich,
obtaining a Magister of Pure Mathematics at the University of Kazan in 1913. He
then taught at Kazan and Odessa until 1922, when he came to the United States
of America with his wife Sophie. He was a Johnston Scholar at Johns Hopkins
from 1923-1926, and taught at the University of Michigan until his retirement
in 1956. After retirement, he lectured as a visiting professor at the
University of Notre Dame. Rainich returned to the University of Michigan after
the death of his wife in 1963 and remained active in the field until his death
on October 10, 1968. Rainich's focus of study was relativity theory, but he
also studied electromagnetic theory, linear vector functions, and analytical
vector functions. He taught classes in geometry, higher algebra, vector
analysis, theory of probability, and partial differential equations of
mathematical physics.

Scope and Contents
The Rainich Papers consist largely of manuscript materials for a
proposed book, course notes (for classes at the University of Michigan and the
University of Notre Dame), and seminar materials created between 1941 and 1965.
They also include the correspondence of Wilfred Kaplan regarding Rainich's
papers, the correspondence between Alice R. Nichols and J. Wiley (publisher)
regarding a book on relativity theory, and photocopies of letters from Albert
Einstein to Rainich.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

Access Restrictions
Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions
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Preferred Citation
George Yuri Rainich Papers, 1925-1982, Archives of American
Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Index Terms
Subjects
Rainich, G. Y. (George
Yuri), b. 1886
Kaplan, Wilfred,
1915-
University of Michigan.
Dept. of Mathematics
University of Notre Dame.
Dept. of Mathematics
Electromagnetic
theory
Relativity
(Physics)
Detailed Description of the Collection
George Yuri Rainich:
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Correspondence,
1925-1967
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Colwell, Dorry
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Einstein, Albert [photocopied letters]
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Hazlett, Hélène
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Kraus, Edward H.
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Rainich, George Yuri
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Swanson, Ellen E.
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Watkins, Edwin
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Unidentified correspondents [in Russian]
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Notebooks
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1941-1943
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1951
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1955-1959
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1955-1962
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November-December 1958
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1959-1962
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1959
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1960-1962
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1960
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1961
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January 1962
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February 1962
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March 1962
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April-May 1962
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October 1962
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June 1963
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July 1963
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December 1963
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January 1964
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February 1964
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March 1964
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March-May 1964
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June 1964
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January-June 1964
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July-August 1964
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August-December 1964
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October 1964
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November 1964
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December 1964
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January 1965
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February 1965
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March 1965
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April 1965
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May-August 1965
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September 1965
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October 1965
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November 1965
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December 1965
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January 1966
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February 1966
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February-March 1966
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April 1966
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May 1966
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June 1966
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July 1966
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August 1966
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September 1966
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October 1966
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November 1966
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December 1966
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January 1967
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February 1967
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March 1967
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April-May 1967
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July-August 1967
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September 1967
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October 1967
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November 1967
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December 1967
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Undated
4RM55c
Oversized notes [equations and figures]
undated
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Bibliographic notebooks
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Lectures,
1954-1964
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Talks on general relativity,
1964
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Introduction to relativity,
undated
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Assorted lectures,
1954-1964
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Writings,
1926-1969
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Manuscript drafts
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Introduction to continuous groups,
1949
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Textbook draft—Mathematics 139,
1949-1951
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Textbook draft—untitled,
undated
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Seven Lectures on Relativity,
1926-1969
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Essay drafts
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Electric charge and mass in the general relativity
theory,
1926
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On the measure of deviation from normality for
congruences of curves,
1927
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Gravitation and electromagnetism [includes
correspondence],
1950
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Group of rigid motions,
1958
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Group of elliptic geometry,
1958
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A skew five by five matrix and general relativity
theory,
1959
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Coordinates in general relativity,
undated
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Stresses,
1959
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Radiation,
1960
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On a case of steady motion,
1961[?]
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On Near-waves,
1961
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Summer riots [two copies],
1967
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G.R. 1,
undated
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q-1,
undated
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QCC,
undated
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ST,
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Diff. Geo. Curves,
undated
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Curved Spaces,
undated
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Math 339,
undated
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Sp.,
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Spl.,
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T,
undated
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Physical significance of transformation of space-time
coordinates,
undated
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R.B.,
undated
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Peano series,
undated
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Stereographic parameters,
undated
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Minimal surfaces,
undated
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Linearization of surface theory,
undated
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Two worlds in science and literature,
undated
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Discreteness of charges and mapping of spheres,
undated
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Linearization in relativity,
undated
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Non-commutative analysis and the Hausdorf theorem,
undated
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Particle and field,
undated
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Electric charge and topology,
undated
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The fundamental theorem of algebra and the Picard
theorem,
undated
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The indicator-ellipsoid for Newtonian transformation,
undated
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On the relative position of two linning[?] circles in
inverse three space,
undated
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Of topological invariants of antisymmetric
tensorfields in four-space,
undated
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Les indices dans un champ de tenseurs. Generalisation
de la Courbure integrale,
undated
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Minimal surfaces and non-analytic functions,
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Selection rules and Chebyshev polynomials,
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Description of proposed research,
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On five-dimensional relativity,
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Particles and waves,
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A new proof of the basic relation of the general
relativity theory,
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Nebulae, meteorites, and cosmic rays,
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Surfaces,
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Hilbert, Kandinsky, and Gertrude Stein,
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Redundancy,
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Curvature and radiation,
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The field of a photon,
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Chapter III, Special relativity,
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Essays by others
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Hsieh, L.F.
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“On doubly piercing lines of space pentagons,”
undated
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Inomata, Akira
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“A geometric theory of neutrinos,”
undated
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Katz, E.
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“Concerning the number of independent variables of
the classical electromagnetic field,”
1965
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Penney, R.
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“Gravitational field of a charged fluid,”
ca. 1960
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“Charged particles in general relativity,”
ca. 1963
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Thomas, T.Y.,
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“Space-time coordinates in the general theory of
relativity,”
1963
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“The perfect relativistic gas,”
1964
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Votruba, George
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“Applications of Lie theory to geometry,”
1958
Wilfred Kaplan,
1969-1982
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Correspondence,
1969-1982
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Held, A.
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Kaplan, Wilfred
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Kotik, Lee K.
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LeVeque, William J.
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Rosenbaum, Marcos P.
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Shube, Beatrice
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Stachel, John
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Williams, David N.
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Address list
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“Excerpts from research files left by the late George Y.
Rainich” [photocopies],
1980
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"Notes of Nov. 1964"
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“For Hoboken Conference, 11 May 1965”
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“Introduction to General Relativity, (prob. May
1965)”
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“For seminar 30 June 1966”
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“Notes of 30 October and November 1 1967”
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“Notes of 22 November 1967”
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“Projected Table of Contents—Rainich, Relativity”
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“From material for book, handwritten”
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“From material for book “General Relativity”
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“Electric Charge and Mass in the General Relativity
Theory, Feb. 21, 1926”