Raymond Louis Wilder Papers, 1914-1982, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Raymond Louis Wilder (1896-1982) was a leading figure in the development of topology in the United States and a pioneering student of the history of mathematics from an anthropological point of view. He was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, and received his undergraduate education and Master's degree in actuarial mathematics from Brown University. After moving to the University of Texas at Austin, his interests shifted to pure mathematics under the influence of Robert Lee Moore. Wilder became Moore's first Texas doctorate in 1923. After two years at Ohio State University, Wilder joined the faculty of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he remained until his retirement in 1967. He was associated with the University of California, Santa Barbara for the remaining years of his life. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and served as President of both the American Mathematical Society (1955-1956) and the Mathematical Association of America (1965-1966).

Although trained in set-theoretic topology, Wilder mastered algebraic topology, demonstrated the usefulness of a synthesis of the two schools, and, in 1932, called for their unification. Wilder extended his early work on the topology of the plane and continuous curves to higher dimensions and, with his students, developed the theory of generalized manifolds. This work was summarized in his Topology of Manifolds (1949).

Wilder's course on the foundations of mathematics, published in his

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Papers reflect the career of the topologist Raymond Louis Wilder, R.L. Moore's first doctoral student at the University of Texas. There is extensive material on Wilder's research and writing on topology, the history and foundations of mathematics, and on the place of mathematics in culture. Wilder's work for the Mathematical Association of America (President, 1965-1967) and the American Mathematical Society (President, l955-l956) are represented. Correspondents include W.L. Ayres, E.G. Begle, E. Cech, J.R. Kline, S. Lefschetz, R.L. Moore, H.S. Vandiver, O. Veblen, and G.T. Whyburn. Materials include correspondence, notes and drafts for publications, course, lecture and seminar notes, clippings, photographs, and reprints.

The papers are grouped in the following order: general correspondence (1920-1982; 6 ft.), research and publication (1939-1982; 3 ft.), lectures and meetings (1925-1977; 2 ft.), professional organizations (1922-1982, bulk: 1950-1980; 5 ft.), teaching and faculty matters (1921-1982; 2.5 ft.), personalia (1914-1981; 10 in.). Wilder's correspondence documents his continued interaction with his former undergraduate and graduate students, including E. G. Begle, T. Brahana, L. Cohen, M. L. Curtis, A. Dickinson, S. Kaplan, K. Kwun, F. Raymond, J. Shoenfield, N. E. Steenrod, and P. Swingle. The correspondence also reveals Wilder's work in settling European refugee mathematicians in the United States during World War II. The records of lectures and meetings often include the texts of Wilder's lectures together with information on his organizational work. Lectures were often the basis of articles, so the early stages of published articles are often to be found in the Lectures and Meetings series. Likewise, material eventually incorporated in Wilder's books, especially his

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- I. General Correspondence
- II. Articles (published and unpublished)
- III. Books (published and unpublished)
- IV. Grants
- V. Research Notes
- VI. Lectures and Meetings
- VII. Organizations
- VIII. Positions, Fellowships, Visiting Professorships
- IX. Faculty and Administrative Activities
- X. Teaching
- XI. Mathematicians - Biographical and Memorial Items
- XII. Miscellaneous Professional Activities
- XIII. Personal