A Guide to the Walter Feit Papers, 19332005





Creator: 
Feit, Walter,
1930 

Title: 
Walter Feit
Papers 

Dates: 
19332005 

Abstract: 
Walter Feit, 19302004,
was a pure mathematician who contributed to algebra, geometry, topology, number
theory and logic and was coauthor of one of the most influential papers ever
written on finite group theory, “Solvability of Groups of Odd Order.”
Correspondence and other printed material, including preprints, reprints and
manuscripts, make up the bulk of this collection. 

Accession No.: 
2005122 

Extent: 
3 ft., 4in. 

Laguage: 
Materials are
written in English. 

Repository: 
Dolph Briscoe Center for American
History, The University of Texas at
Austin 
Walter Feit, 19302004, was a pure
mathematician who contributed to algebra, geometry, topology, number theory and
logic and was coauthor of one of the most influential papers ever written on
finite group theory, “Solvability of Groups of Odd Order.” Feit was born in
Vienna, but in 1939 he fled Austria for England via KinderTransport. In 1946,
Feit left England for the United States to live with family in Florida. Soon
after, he entered the University of Chicago and earned both his BA and Master’s
degree in 1951. Feit did his Ph.D. work at the University of Michigan and
joined the mathematics faculty at Cornell University in 1953. In 1964, Feit
joined the mathematics faculty of Yale University, where he remained for 40
years, until his retirement in 2003. While his most famous result is the proof
of the FeitThompson theorem, completed jointly with John G. Thompson, Feit
wrote and published extensively over the years, working in finite group theory
and modular character theory.
Walter Feit was awarded the Cole Prize by
the American Mathematical Society in 1965 for his work with Thompson and was
elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1977) and the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences. Feit also served as VicePresident of the International
Mathematical Union.
A digital version of Walter Feit’s Memorial Service
can be found online at
http://www.math.yale.edu/public_html/WalterFeit/WalterFeit.html.
Correspondence and other printed
material, including preprints, reprints and manuscripts, make up the bulk of
this collection. The collection contains a wealth (9 in.) of correspondence
between Feit and John G. Thompson, primarily mathematical in nature, but also
covering more personal topics. Papers, preprints and reprints comprise
approximately 10 inches of the collection, although most reprints are included
in duplicate, when available. Of particular biographical relevance are the
materials related to Walter Feit’s memorial service, as they include memoirs of
his life in Vienna and England.
Also included in the collection are
materials from Richard Brauer (19011977), mathematician and Walter Feit’s
mentor. Of note are bound class notes given to Feit by a student of
Brauer.
Original file titles were retained when
possible. File titles created by the archivist are enclosed in square
brackets.
Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics
Access Restrictions
Restricted access. Materials from
Geoffrey Robinson are restricted as they pertain to yet to be published
matters. Portions of the correspondence have been restricted until 2020.
Digital media is also restricted. All other materials are unrestricted.










Brauer, Richard, 1901 


Feit, Walter, 1930 


Serre, Jean Pierre, 1926 


Thompson, John Griggs, 1932 


FeitThompson theorem 


Finite groups 
Walter Feit Papers, 19332005, Archives of
American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University
of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers















Correspondence: 
box 
4RM119 


Emails with JeanPierre Serre,
20002005 
box 
4RM85 


Restricted: Serre email file,
3.5" disk,
20002005 
box 
4RM119 


With JohnPierre Serre,
19712000 and undated 



With John G. Thompson: 




19591969 




19701979 




19801982 




1983 
box 
4RM120 



19841985 




19861987 




19881989 




19901993 




19942002 
box 
4RM121 



Email, undated 
box 
4RM85 



Restricted: 





Email,
undated 





ThompsonFeit email, 3.5" disk,
undated 
box 
4RM121 


Feedback sent to authors,
19911995 



Hardy Lectures,
19921993 



Journal of Algebra,
19841991 



Nomination of Efim Zelmanov for a Fields Medal,
19911992 and undated 



With publishers,
19711981 and undated 



[Rackham School of Graduate Studies],
1988 and undated 
box 
4RM112 



Three photos of Walter Feit,
undated 
box 
4RM121 


Incoming,
19631985 



General correspondence,
19541997 and undated 
box 
4RM55a 



Computer printout of decomposition matrices from
Concordia University Computer Center,
November 2, 1979 
box 
4RM122 


General correspondence,
19541997 and undated 















Papers: 
box 
4RM122 


"Applications of the Classification of Simple Groups to
Mondromy,"
undated 



Foreword to the papers on finite group theory in
Burnside's collected works,
undated 



"A New Congruence for the Ramanujan Function [?],"
undated 



[Untitled manuscript],
undated 















Preprints: 
box 
4RM122 


"Classifying the Finite Simple Groups," Daniel Gorenstein,
1989 and undated 



"Defect Groups in the Theory of Representations of Finite
Groups," Richard Brauer,
1969 



"On Groups of Odd Order,"
undated 



"A Solvability Criterion for Groups of Odd Order,"
undated 















Reprints: 
box 
4RM123 


1950s,
19531959 



1960s,
19601967 



1970s,
19701979 



1980s,
19801989 
box 
4RM124 


1990s,
19901999 



2000s,
20002003 



[Undated],
undated 



“Solvability of Groups of Odd Order” in
Pacific Journal of Mathematics,
Volume 13, No. 3,
Fall 1963 















Lectures: 
box 
4RM113 


Restricted: Feit lecture,
digital videocassette,
undated 
box 
4RM124 


Group Theory Seminar lectures, 19601961,
1961 



History of Algebra Symposium,
1975 
box 
4RM9a 



History of Algebra Symposium, two audiocassettes,
1975 
box 
4RM124 


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science,
19721974 



Proceedings of Symposia in Pure
Mathematics, Volume IV: 1960 Institute on Finite Groups,
1962 



Proceedings of the Third PanAfrican
Congress of Mathematicians (August 2028, 1991, Nairobi Kenya),
1991 















Conferences, delegations and visiting
appointments: 
box 
4RM124 


All Souls College,
19881990 



Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's
Republic of China,
1977 



Newton Institute,
19951997 and undated 



George Seligman's Birthday Conference on Structure and
Representation Theory of Lie Algebras,
19901992 



Thompson Conference,
2002 and undated 















box 
4RM125 

Interview with Walter Feit in
Matemática Universitária,
19871988 















box 
4RM125 

"A Short History of the Burnside Problem,"
undated 















box 
4RM125 

Daniel Gorenstein,
1992 and undated 















box 
4RM127 

Restricted: Geoffrey Robinson,
19841993 and undated 















box 
4RM125 

National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical
Sciences, Awards in algebra and number theory,
19871988 















box 
4RM125 

Tributes and dedications,
19891990, 2003 and undated 















box 
4RM125 

Early years,
19411944, 2000 















box 
4RM125 

Feit Memorial Service,
October 10, 2004 
box 
4RM85 


Restricted: Feit Memorial
Service, CDROM,
October 10, 2004 















box 
4RM125 

Memorials [includes obituaries],
19942004 















box 
4RM125 

Odd and interesting [includes correspondence and printed
matter],
1955, 19831996 















Brauer materials: 
box 
4RM125 


Correspondence,
19541977 



[Technical report],
undated 



Gottnigen, 19641965,
undated 



Lectures,
undated 



Differential equations,
undated 



Unsolved problems  NY,
undated 



[Notes for C],
undated 



Unsolved problems  Bowdoin,
undated 



Unsolved problems,
undated 



Early talks,
1946 and undated 



Lectures, class, etc.,
19331939 and undated 
box 
4RM126 


Unsolved problems,
undated 



[Untitled paper with corrections],
undated 



"On finite projective groups,"
1979 and undated 



[Assorted notes],
undated 



Class notes: 




Rings and Algebras,
undated 




Galois Theory,
undated 
