Francis L. Miksa Papers, 1929-1972, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Francis Louis Miksa was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1901, emigrating with his parents to the United States in 1904. He grew up largely in Braidwood, Illinois, completing the sixth grade before going to work. Self-education and correspondence school courses led to an interest in mathematics. He married Frances Barowicz in 1924. From 1930 until his retirement in 1963, Miksa worked as a switchman for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He died in 1975.

Miksa's mathematical work began with problem-solving; he corresponded with other workers and submitted problems and solutions to the problem-solving literature. Beginning around 1939, he began work on magic squares and other areas, including Pythagorean triangles, and several number theory and combinatoric topics. He also developed dyad squares, his own invention. He deposited several tables with

Papers contain Miksa's correspondence with problem-solvers, amateur, and professional mathematicians. Letters may occur in the correspondence files (1937-1972; 19 in.), or with associated mathematical work. The bulk of the collection consists of calculations and drafts for Miksa's work on magic squares, Pythagorean triangles, dyad squares, Stirling numbers, various number theory topics, and problem-solving. The development of his studies of magic and dyad squares, both involving applications of group theory methods, is well illustrated in the letters, calculations, and preliminary tables.

Miksa kept his papers largely in looseleaf notebooks, sometimes with more than one mathematical topic occupying a notebook. These original files have usually been kept together, necessitating the Unidentified and Mixed Contents series.

Correspondents include W.H. Benson, A.L. Candy, R.E. Greenwood, J.S. Madachy, S.A. Moore, L. Moser, C. Tobin, and C.W. Trigg.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

Letters to R.E. Greenwood are located in the

Organized into the following 13 series:

- General Correspondence
- Magic Squares
- Dyad Squares
- Pythagorean Triangles
- Number Theory
- Eulerian Squares
- Problem Solving
- Exercises, Notes, and Calculations
- Other Mathematical Topics
- Unidentified and Mixed Contents
- Personal
- Works of Others
- Photographs

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These papers are stored remotely at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval. Photographs are stored on-site.

This collection was processed by Frederic Burchsted in April 1990.