A Guide to the Mathematical Association of America. History
of American Mathematics in World War II Committee Records,
19431983





Creator 
Mathematical Association of America.
History of American Mathematics in World War II Committee. 

Title 
Mathematical Association of
America. History of American Mathematics in World War II Committee
Records 

Dates: 
19441967, 19781983 

Abstract 
Records of the
Committee's work in documenting the history of American mathematics in World
War II. 

Accession No. 
8615; 898 

Extent 
10 in. 

Language 
Materials written in English. 

Repository: 
Dolph Briscoe Center for American
History, The University of Texas at
Austin 
This committee, formed in January 1980, was charged with planning a
project whose initial goals were to identify published works and issue
bibliographies as well as to locate unpublished sources and to encourage their
preservation and their proper description. In addition It recognized the need
for new personal memoirs and oral history interviews. More information on the
history of this committee can be found in its minutes. Members were: J. Barkley
Rosser (Chairman), Maynard J. Brichford, Churchill Eisenhart, Albert C. Lewis,
G. Baley Price, Mina Rees, and Nathan Reingold.
Records of the Committee's work in documenting the history of American
mathematics in World War II. The material consists largely of letters from
mathematicians active during World War II concerning historically valuable
material in their possession, and of reports concerning mathematical research
conducted during World War II. Included are letters, minutes, brief memoirs,
reports, reprints, photographs, cassette tapes.
Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.
Access Restrictions
Unrestricted access.
Use Restrictions
The majority of these records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for
retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval. Audiotapes and photographs
are stored onsite, and do not require advance notice.







Subjects 


Mathematical Association of America.
History of American Mathematics in World War II CommitteeArchives 


MathematicsHistory 


World War, 19391945Science 

Other Authors 


Brichford, Maynard J. 


Eisenhart, Churchill. 


Lewis, Albert C. 


Price, G. Baley (Griffith Baley),
1905 


Rees, Mina. 


Reingold, Nathan, 1927 


Rosser, J. Barkley (John Barkley),
1907 
Mathematical Association of America. History of American Mathematics in
World War II Committee Records, 19441967, 19781983, Archives of American
Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Collection















Inventory: 
Box 
898/64 (16780634) 


Minutes, letters from Chairman, proposals to
NSF, 1980 



Letters, brief memoirs, photographs, and offprints of
publications received in response to request by Committee of August 25,
1980: 




Aroian, Leo A. 




Arrow, Kenneth 




Bennett, Richard D. 




Birkhoff, Garrett 




Cairns, S. S. 




Churchill, R. V. 




Cohn, Harvey 




Curry, Haskell B. 




Dubridge, Lee 




Galbraith, Alan S. 




Garabedian, Henry L. 




Goldman, Alan 




Goldstine, Herman H. 




Kaplansky, Irving 




Ketchum, Pierce W. 




Koopman, B. O. 




Leighton, Walter 




Lewis, Daniel C. 




McCarthy, Philip J. 




McMillan, Brockway 




Mood, Alexander M. 




Morse, Philip M. 




Mosteller, Frederick 




Odle, John W. 




Piranian, George 




Pollard, Harry 




Schoenberg, I. J. 




Solomon, Herbert 




Spencer, D. C. 




Stibitz, G. R. 




Taylor, Angus E. 




Tribmle, Harold C. 




Ulam, Stanislaw M. 




Walker, Robert J. 




Wolfowitz, Jacob 



"Samuel S. Wilks and the Army Experiment Design Conference
Series" by C. Eisenhart (ARO Report 752), undated 



Letters sent to Churchill Eisenhart and Baley Price in
1978 cooperating with the Committee: 




Birkhoff, Garrettt 




Brier, Glenn W. 




Bromberg, Eleazer 




Cochran, William G. 




Flood, Merrill M. 




Fry, Thornton C. 




Hay, G. E. 




Kullback, Solomon 




Leibler, Richard A. 




McShane, E. J. 




Morse, Philip M. 




Mosteller, Frederick 




Newsom, Carroll V. 




Nyman, Jerzy 




Odle, John W. 




Paxson, Edwin W. 




Prager, Wiliam 




Rosser, J. Barkley 




Simon, Leslie E. 




Solomon, Herbert 




Spencer, Donald C. 




Taub, A. H. 




Wilson, E. Bright 




Wallis, W. Allen 



Responses added to the collection in April
1981: 




Berkeley, Edmund C. 




Doob, J. L. 




Garabedian, Paul R. 




Greenwood, Robert E. 




Gross, George L., [died October 24, 1980], reply from
Mrs. Gross 




Hamming, Richard W. 




Morrey, Charles B., Jr. [with letter from Mrs.
Morrey] 




Quine, W. V. 




Rotando, Louis M. 




Salzer, Herbert E. 




Zelinsky, Daniel 



Response from Edgar E. Lorch, with photocopies of letters
concerning the Applied Mathematics Group, Columbia University, 19441945,
(relating to E. J. Moulton, Saunders MacLane, P. M. Morse, and George E.
Pegram), and Mathematics Advisory Board to U. S. Army, 19481949, (relating to
John Von Neumann, R. G. D. Richardson, J. R. Kline, Leo Zippin, and Herman
Goldstine), December 11, 1980 



Reprints and photocopies added to the collection in April
1981: 




Spaatz, Carl, General, U. S. Army, Foreword to Leroy A.
Brothers, "Operations Analysis in World War II,"
1948 




Curtiss, J. H., "The National Applied Mathematics
Laboratories of the National Bureau of Standards: A progress report covering
the first five years of its existence,"
1953 




Kulcinski, G. L. et al., "Energy for the long run:
Fission or fusion?," American Scientist 67,
7889 
box 
898/64 (16780634) 



NCTM, "An Agenda for Action: Recommendations for School
Mathematics of the 1980s." 1980 
Box 
898/64 (16780634) 



National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Peoria
meeting, Sections on computers,
March 2729,
1980 




Wald, Abraham, "A method of estimating plane
vulnerability based on damage of survivors," [1943],
1980 



Photocopies added to the collection by C. Eisenhart, April
1981: 




Shewhart, Walter A., "Report as of June 8, 1946 of
Chairman of the Subcommitee on Statistical Quality Control of the National
Research Council Committee on Applied Mathematical Science," six pages,
1946 




Operations Analysis in World War II. U. S. Army Air
Forces, [lists operations analysts],
1948 




Deming, W. Edwards, Elementary
Principles of the Statistical Control of Quality, A Series of Lectures.
Tokyo, first printing,
1950 




National Research Council, Committee on Operations
Research, "Operations Research with Special Reference to NonMilitary
Applications,"
1951 




Deming, W. Edwards, "What happened in Japan?,"
Industrial Quality Control 24, pp. 8993,
1967 




Wallis, W. Allen, "The Statistical Research Group,
19421945," Journal of the American Statistical
Association 75, pp. 320335,
1981 



Added to the collection by Leonard E. Gillman, April
1981: 




Tufts College Mathematical Research Project, L.
Carmichael et al., "Mathematical Analysis of Ordinary and Deviated Pursuit
Curves," 252 pages, photocopy,
1944 




Gillman, Leonard, and Goode, Harry H., "The Limited
Ammunition Problem," eight page photocopy of typescript,
1945 




Goode, Harry H., "Summary of German Results on Pursuit
Curves," 30 pages, NAVEXOSP425,
1946 




"The Tufts College Mathematical Research Project,
NAVEXOS P528," 59 pages, mimeographed,
April 30, 1948 




[Gillman, Leonard?], [On pursuit curves], 24 page
photocopy, "Columbia University Master's Essay" marked in left margin,
undated 
Box 
898/84 (16780645) 


Administrative files [collected by Albert C. Lewis]:





Research proposal: 





The Influence of World War II on the Development of
the Mathematical Sciences,
1981 




Responses to statistical archives questionnaire,
response register,
1981 




Transcript: 





Casual excerpts from planning committee meeting,
November 1214, 1980 




Correspondence 





Charles W. MacArthur, planning committee,
19801981 





J. Barkley Rosser, J.L. Heilbron,
1981 





“The Mathematization of U.S. Society,” draft and
comments, Lewis, Rosser,
1981 





Archives checklist, survey register, proposal
comments, Lewis, Rosser,
1981 





Eisenhart, Rees, Koppelman,
1978 





Eisenhart, Price, Rosser, Rees,
1979 





Price, Bernstein, Rees, Eisenhart, Brichford, Solomon,
1980 





Eisenhart, Rosser, Bromberg, Krushkal,
1981 





Rosser, Beckenbach, Rees, Eisenhart,
19811983 





Miscellaneous,
19761983 




Article: 





Gina BariKolata, ”Trial and Error Game that Puzzles
Fast Computers,”
Smithsonian,
October 1979 




Report: 





“The Mathematization of U.S. Society,” Survey
register, comments from Rosser, appendix,
1980 




Minutes, budget,
19801981 
Box 
2004075/5 (CDL) 



Committee member list,
1978, 1979, 1980 




Research Proposal: 





“Applied Mathematics in World War II,” to National
Science Foundation,
1983 





Transcripts, reports, articles, correspondence,
19451983 
Box 
4RM14c 



Audiotapes: 





“World War II Committee, 8011, Part I,”
1980 





“World War II Committee, 801113, Part II,”
1980 





“World War II Committee, March, ’81,”
1981 
Box 
4RM224 



Photographs: 





Carins, Stewart S.,
April 1972 





Leighton, Walter,
1959 





Mood, A. M.,
1964 





Wolfowitz, Jacob,
1975 
