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A Guide to the Norman Earl Steenrod Papers, 1911, 1948-1970



Descriptive Summary

Creator Steenrod, Norman Earl, 1910-1971
Title: Norman Earl Steenrod Papers
Dates: 1911, 1948-1970
Abstract Papers document the career of Norman Earl Steenrod (l910-1971) at Princeton University, and reflect Steenrod's research in algebraic topology. Included are a manuscript draft of his Foundations of Algebraic Topology, written with S. Eilenberg, and notes for several lectures. The collection also documents Steenrod's activities in connection with the American Mathematical Society, particularly with Mathematical Reviews, the Mathematical Association of America Committee for the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, and the School Mathematics Study Group monograph panel. Material includes correspondence, drafts, lecture notes, grant proposals, and reports.
Accession No. 86-30
Extent 20 in.
Laguage Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Norman Earl Steenrod (1910-1971) was a central figure in the post World War II development of algebraic topology. Born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 22, 1910, Steenrod attended college at Miami University and the University of Michigan (A.B., 1932). At the University of Michigan, he took courses by Raymond Louis Wilder, who guided the preparation of Steenrod's first two published papers (1934). After taking an M.A. at Harvard University (1934), Steenrod earned his Ph.D. with Solomon Lefschetz at Princeton University (1936). Steenrod returned to Princeton permanently after short periods on the faculties of the University of Chicago (1939-1942) and the University of Michigan (1942-1947). He died in Princeton on October 14, 1971.

Steenrod's research was in algebraic topology. His Foundations of Algebraic Topology (1952), written with Samuel Eilenberg, gave a system of axioms providing a framework for the rapidly developing field of homology theory. Steenrod's The Topology of Fibre Bundles (1951) furnished a systematic treatment of the previously disorganized field of bundle theory and an influential account of homotopy theory. Steenrod's study of homology classification led to his work on cohomology operations, in particular to the Steenrod algebra.

Source: Whitehead, G. W., "Norman Earl Steenrod, April 22, 1910-October 14, 1971." National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs, 55: 453-470 (1985).

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Scope and Contents

The Norman Earl Steenrod Papers comprise records of Steenrod's books, research grants, and lectures (7 in.), and his work for several mathematical organizations (10 in.). Steenrod's research interests are represented by a manuscript of Foundations of Algebraic Topology (1952), written with Samuel Eisenberg, by notes for several lectures, and by material relating to research grants (1963-1970). Records of the preparation of Steenrod's Reviews of Papers in Algebraic and Differential Topology, Topological Groups, and Homological Algebra (1968) are included. Steenrod's work for the American Mathematical Society is represented by records (6 in.) of the Colloquium Committee (1962-1970) and the committees on Mathematical Reviews (1964-1966), the manual for authors (1959-1966), and the organization of the 1963 Summer Institute. Steenrod's interest in education is reflected in records of his work with the Mathematical Association of America's Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (1966-1969) and the preparation of his First Concepts of Topology, written with W. G. Chinn (1966) for the School Mathematics Study Group Monograph Panel. Smaller amounts of material document Steenrod's editing of the Annals of Mathematics (1962) and his attendence at the 1967 Summer Rencontres in Mathematics and Physics.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

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Restrictions

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Unrestricted access.

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These papers are stored remotely at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Steenrod, Norman Earl, 1910-1971--Archives
Eilenberg, Samuel
Subjects (Organizations)
American Mathematical Society
Mathematical Association of America. Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics
School Mathematics Study Group
Princeton University. Dept. of Mathematics
Subjects
Algebraic topology
Mathematics--Study and teaching--United States

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Related Material

Correspondence (1932-1942, 2 in.) between Steenrod and R. L. Wilder is located in the Wilder (Raymond Lewis) Papers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Norman Earl Steenrod Papers, 1911, 1948-1970, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Processed by Frederic F. Burchsted in April 1986, revised by Burchsted in 1992 and again by Kristy Sorensen in 2003.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Books:

Box
86-30/1 Foundations of Algebraic Topology, with Samuel Eilenberg, manuscript, 1952
Reviews of Papers in Algebraic and Differential Topology, Topological Groups, and Homological Algebra, correspondence, notes, drafts, proofs, 1968
1966-1968
1968-1969

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Grants:

Box
86-30/1 National Science Foundation and Air Force, 1963-1966
Box
86-30/2 National Science Foundation, 1966-1970
Air Force, 1966-1970

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Lectures:

Box
86-30/2 Lecture notes, undated

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Organizations:

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86-30/2 American Mathematical Society:
Colloquium Committee:
1962-1964
1965-1966
1966-1970
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86-30/3 Committee on Manual for Authors, 1959-1966
Select Committee on Mathematical Reviews, 1964-1966
Organizing committee for Summer Institute, 1963
Mathematical Offprint Service
Mathematical Association of America
Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, 1966-1969
CUPM Geometry Conference, 1967
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86-30/4 School Mathematics Study Group, Monograph Panel:
1955-1961
1960-1965
First Concepts in Topology, with W. G. Chinn, correspondence, 1966
Annals of Mathematics, editorial correspondence, 1911, 1962
Summer Rencontres in Mathematics and Physics, Seattle, programs and notes, 1967

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