A Guide to the Paul R. Halmos Papers, 19152006





Creator: 
Halmos, Paul R., 19162006 

Title: 
Paul R. Halmos Papers 

Dates: 
19162006 

Abstract: 
Correspondence, notes, lectures,
publications, and teaching materials (19152006) document the mathematical career of
Paul R. Halmos as a teacher, editor of mathematical publications, and as an author
and lecturer. 

Accession No.: 
89315; 2005062; 2007233; 2008324; 2015167;
2015232 

OCLC No.: 
610018592 

Extent: 
22 ft., 10 in. 

Language: 
Materials are written in English. 

Repository: 
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The
University of Texas at Austin 
Paul Richard Halmos (19162006) is known for his work in operator theory, ergodic
theory, and functional analysis, as well as his mathematical exposition and his
teaching style. His major teaching positions were at the University of Chicago
(19461960), the University of Michigan (19611967), Indiana University (19691985),
and Santa Clara University (19851996), where he was Professor Emeritus until his
death in 2006.
Halmos was born March 3, 1916, in Budapest, Hungary. He came to the United States in
1929 and attended high school in Chicago. In 1931, at the age of 15, he entered the
University of Illinois, intending to study chemical engineering, and graduated three
years later (1934) with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy. Halmos
then entered graduate school at the University of Illinois in order to pursue a
Ph.D. in philosophy. After failing the oral comprehensive exam for the master’s
degree, he changed the focus of his graduate studies and registered as a student in
the department of mathematics. Halmos earned his doctorate in mathematics under
Joseph Doob in 1938.
Following the completion of his doctorate, Halmos served as John von Neumann's
assistant at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) (19391942), a post that led to
the publication of his first book, Finite Dimensional Vector
Spaces, in 1942. After working at the IAS, Halmos taught soldiers in the
Army's Specialized Training Program at Syracuse University before moving to the
University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan. After one year as the
mathematics department chair at the University of Hawaii (19671968), he began a
professorship at Indiana University, where he would stay until 1985, with the
exception of two years spent at the University of California, Santa Barbara
(19751977). In 1985, he moved to Santa Clara University where he worked until his
retirement in 1996. In addition to these posts, Halmos held visiting appointments at
the University of Montevideo, Uruguay (19511952), the University of Miami
(19651966), and the University of Washington (1959), among others.
Halmos served as editor of several publications, including the Mathematical
Association of America’s American Mathematical
Monthly (19821986) and Proceedings of the
American Mathematical Society (19581963). For the Van Nostrand
publishing company he edited the University Series in Undergraduate Mathematics.
Halmos also served as editor for the Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer
Grenzgebiete series and Graduate Texts in Mathematics series published by
SpringerVerlag.
He received the Steele Prize for exposition from the American Mathematical Society in
1983 and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Mathematical Association of
America in 1993. Halmos was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a
Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000, he was awarded the YuehGin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu
Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics by the Mathematical Association of
America, the organization’s most prestigious award for service.
Correspondence, notes, lectures, publications, and teaching materials (19152006)
document the mathematical career of Paul R. Halmos as a teacher, editor of
mathematical publications, and as an author and lecturer. Arranged in nine series
representing Halmos’s teaching and professional activities, his work with
mathematical organizations, his research notes and travel diaries, and his work as
author and lecturer. The Teaching/Professional series consists of course notes used
by Halmos for teaching, correspondence concerning employment and relations with the
mathematics department of which he was part, awards, and student dissertations.
Halmos’s role as editor of the American Mathematical
Monthly is richly documented through correspondence and editors reports
arranged in the Organizations series. Also well represented in this series is the
renovation of the Mathematical Association of America Carriage House, to which
Halmos donated substantially. The Notes series includes Halmos’s mathematical
research, a substantial portion of which consists of problems collected and created
by Halmos, and often used in his publications. The Conferences series contains
correspondence and diaries documenting Halmos’s travels abroad to attend
conferences. In several instances, the lecture associated with the conference can be
found in the Lectures series. The bulk of the Publications and Writings series
consists of reprints by Halmos and others. Halmos’s personal life is represented in
the Correspondence and Personal series. Much of the correspondence, arranged
alphabetically, is both personal and related to questions of mathematics.
Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.
Access Restrictions
Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further
information.
Use Restrictions
A small portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for
retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.







Subjects (Persons) 


Ambrose, Warren Arthur, 1914 


Boas, Ralph Philip 


Doob, Joseph L. 


Gillman, Leonard 


Halmos, Paul R. (Paul Richard),
19162006 


Von Neumann, John,
19031957 


Willcox, Alfred B., 1925 

Subjects (Organizations) 


American Mathematical Society 


Indiana University, Bloomington. Dept.
of Mathematics 


Mathematical Association of
America 


Mathematical Association of America.
American Mathematical Monthly 


Mathematical Intelligencer 


Santa Clara University
(Calif.) 


University of Chicago. Dept. of
Mathematics 

Subjects 


Ergodic theory 


Linear algebras 


Mathematics 


MathematicsStudy and teaching
(Higher)United States 


Topology 

Places 


Bloomington (Ind.) 


Budapest (Hungary) 


Chicago (Ill.) 


Montevideo (Uruguay) 


Santa Clara (Calif.) 




Some material has been separated to the Paul Halmos Photograph Collection. 
Paul R. Halmos Papers, 19152006, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Kristy Sorensen. Subsequent revisions were made by
Beth Nettels, April 2010.
The collection was rehoused in June 2013 by Elliot Williams. The intellectual order
was maintained, but most folders were moved into new boxes. A copy of the previous
finding aid is available upon request to compare box numbers for specific
folders.
Detailed Description of the Papers















I. Teaching/Professional 



Courses and lectures 
box 
4La95g 



“University of Chicago” (RESTRICTED until 2036, class lists with grades),
19461961 19461961 
box 
4La72 



“Theory of spectral multiplicity,” typed manuscript,
1949 




“HILB,” assignments, winter 1950, undated winter
1950, undated 




“Notes on topological algebra,” 33 lectures at the University
of Chicago, autumn 1952 




“Logic Course 1954,” 1954 




“Ergodic Theory,” Math 373 A, University of Chicago,
1955 




“Entropy in Ergodic Theory,” bound mimeographed lectures,
1959 
box 
4La73 



“Entropy in Ergodic Theory,” “Invariant Subspaces,” bound
lectures, 1959, 1969 




“Axiomatic Set Theory,” manuscript,
1950s? 




“Axiomatic Set Theory,” manuscript with edits,
1950s? 




“C.V.,” Complex analysis course (Math 603),
1965 




Commutative Banach algebras notebook, summer
1967 




“Logic Course,” typed manuscript, circa
1977 
box 
4La95g 



“Topology,” notes, correspondence, student assignments (RESTRICTED until 2059, student grades),
1984, undated 
box 
4La73 



“Knuth [D.E.],” notes for writing class taught by Halmos at
Stanford, 1987 
box 
4La74 



“Problems,” May 1993 




“Solutions,” LAPB Solutions, May
1993 




“Sets,” undated 




“Problems Draft 0,” Combinatorics,
undated 




“How Rich is Finite?”
undated 



Professional Records 




“Uruguay,” typewritten account of year, correspondence,
19501952 
box 
4La75 



Australian Mathematical Society Summer Research Institute,
19631964 




“Jobs,” correspondence,
19571984 




“Bibliography,” 1957, 1990, circa 1996,
undated 




Farcical play about “University of Nancago” by Chicago
Mathematics Department, February
1963 




“Announcements and Appreciations,” correspondence, flyers,
clippings, 19701992 




“Faculty Report,” 19701984,
1994 




Faculty reports, 19771984, undated 
box 
4La76 



“Faculty Activities Report,” reports,
19841992 




Faculty Activities Reports,
19921995 




"Santa Barbara Visit,” correspondence, tax forms,
19751976 




“Santa Barbara Perm[anent],” correspondence, tax forms,
19751976 




Letters of recommendation to University of California, Santa
Barbara, 19751976 




“Old Pro[fessional] Rec[ord],” reviews, correspondence, and
clippings, 19801990 




“Pro[fessional] Rec[ord],” list of publications and lectures,
archives correspondence, 1986, 1996, 1999,
undated 




Curriculum Vitae, 1989 




General professional correspondence (2 folders)
19872004, undated 




“Uruguay,” correspondence,
1991 




Student evaluations – forms, notes, 19911996,
undated 




Faculty evaluation, 1992, 1993,
1995 




Maharishi International University, correspondence,
university information, 1994 




Emails concerning Indiana University visit,
1994 




Ph.D. students list, master lecture list,
19911998 




Emeritus status, 1995 




Faculty service, letter, filledout form,
1995 




University and departmental newsletters, draft, email, form,
1995, circa 1997 
box 
4La77 


Awards and Honorary Degrees 




Certificate of Induction into the Royal Society of Edinburgh,
March 3, 1975 
box 
4La78 



Certificate of Induction into the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences, May 11, 1979 
box 
AAMOS/3 (CDL) 



Honorary doctorate, St. Andrews University (St. Andrews,
Scotland), 1980 
box 
4La77 



Plaque for honorary doctorate, De Pauw University
(Greencastle, IN), 1984 
box 
4La78 



Honorary doctorate, De Pauw University, May 19,
1984 




Honorary doctorate, Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, MI),
March 14, 1986 




Honorary doctorate, University of Waterloo (Waterloo,
Canada), May 26, 1990 




“Waterloo,” University of Waterloo honorary degree
correspondence, 1990 




University Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Santa Clara
University (Santa Clara, CA), 19931994





“University Award for Excellence in Scholarship,” Santa Clara
University (Santa Clara, CA), April 7,
1994 




“Who’s Who in America” announcement,
1999 




YuehGin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished
Service to Mathematics, MAA, January 20,
2000 




Recognition of SixtyFive Years of Membership, MAA,
December 2006 



Student dissertations 




On Some Questions in Ergodic
Theory, Carl Linderholm, University of Chicago,
1963 




The Hp Spaces of Annuli,
Donald Erik Sarason, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI),
1963 




Function Algebras and Hilbert
Space, Lewis Alan Coburn, University of Michigan (Ann
Arbor, MI), 1964 




Some Contributions to the Theory of
Toeplitz Operators, Eric Albert Nordgren, University of
Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), 1964 




Weighted Translation
Operators, Stephen Kinsley Parrott, University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor, MI), 1965 
box 
4La79 



On Lattices of Invariant
Subspaces, Peter Michael Rosenthal, University of
Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), 1967 




On Lattices of Invariant
Subspaces, K.J. Harrison, Monash University (Melbourne,
Australia), 1970 




Decompositions of Weighted Translation
Operators, Joseph John Bastian, Indiana University
(Bloomington, IN), 1973 




Quasidiagonal and Quasitriangular
Operators, Russell A. Smucker, Indiana University
(Bloomington, IN), 1973 




Reductive Operators on Hilbert
Space, Robert Laurens Moore, Indiana University
(Bloomington, IN), 1974 
box 
4La80 



On Chains of Invariant
Subspaces, José BarríaSánchez, Indiana University
(Bloomington, IN), 1974 




Closures of Unitary Equivalence
Classes, Donald W. Hadwin, Indiana University
(Bloomington, IN), 1975 




Normal Spectral Approximation,
Donald David Rogers, Indiana University,
1975 




Characterization Theorems for Integral
Operators, V.S. Sunder, Indiana University,
1977 



Clippings 




“Stanford Newsletter,” clipping from unidentified
publication, 19861987, circa 1994 




Los Gatos WeeklyTimes, Los
Gatos, CA, February 16, 2000 















II. Organizations 
box 
4La80 


Mathematical Association of America 




American Mathematical Monthly
[PRH was editor from 19821986] 





"American Mathematical
Monthly", 19911995 
box 
4La81 




Articles [Manuscripts, some with editorial annotations.
Roughly alphabetical by author’s last name.] 






AaronsonBellcastro,
1985 






BalinskyHarkin,
19851986 






HarkinLankford, 19851986,
undated 






Kauffman, 84616,
1984 






LewinterNag, 19851986,
undated 






LondonRogosinsky,
19871988 






ObiSnider, 19851986,
undated 
box 
4La82 





Small, 83413,
19831985 






Sommese, January 22, 1986,
undated 






SubramanianTeugels, 1985,
undated 






Tolosa, January 1986 






TsaiVasantha, 19851986,
undated 






Weinberg, February
1985 






WestZuricker,
19851986 
box 
4La83 





RESTRICTED [These entries
contain referee names, and are restricted for 30 years from
date of creation. Redacted copies can be used by
researchers, see archivist for details.] 







Alexander, 84555,
1984 







Bender, 85762,
19851987 







Bentz, 85733,
1985 







Blaum, 84641,
19841985 







Henrich, 84644,
19841985 







Howland, 85711, 1985








Roginsky, 1988 







Wang, 83486, semireject,
19831984 
box 
4La82 




Best young mathematician,
1981 





Budget, 19801985 





Correspondence 






Leonard Gillman, Treasurer,
19841986 






Ivan Niven, President,
19831985 






Warren Page, College
Mathematics Journal,
19831987 






Ken Ross, Secretary,
19841987 
box 
4La84 





Lynn Arthur Steen, President,
19841986 






A. B. Willcox, Executive director,
19791987 






Editors/Associate Editors 







General, [includes notes],
19811985 







Final issue letter, September 3,
1986 







R. P. Boas,
19791986 







Wistar Comfort,
19821986 







Richard K. Guy,
19811986 







Raoul Hailpern,
19811986 







Seymour Schuster,
19801986 







Herbert S. Wilf,
19801985 







Book Reviews 








Extended Reviews 









Allen L. Edmonds,
19811985 
box 
4La85 








John H. Ewing,
19801986 








Telegraphic Reviews, Lynn Steen,
19801986 







Mathematical Education, R. F. and M. R. Wardrop,
1982 1987 







Notes 








Sabra S. Anderson,
19821986 








Sheldon Axler,
19831986 








J. Arthur Seebach, about,
19841985 








J. Arthur Seebach, to/from,
19831986 







Problems 








G. L. Alexanderson,
19821985 








Dale H. Mugler,
19821983 








Advanced, David Borwein and Kenneth
Stolarsky, 19801985









Elementary, Hugh M. W. Edgar,
19821985 







Progress Reports 








Thomas Banchoff,
19811984 








Richard S. Millman,
19821984 






General [Filed roughly in alphabetical order by the
name of the correspondent and/or the subject of the
correspondence. File numbers in brackets reflect the
original file numbering system. Note: single subject files
were generally not numbered.]
19771987 







General MAA correspondence and printed material,
19771986 
box 
4La86 






AaronsonAlder, [file 1] 







AndreeAscher, [file 2] 







AssmusAyoub, [file 3] 







BacklogBateman, [file 4] 







BearBeyl, [file 5] 







BhuiyanBlyth, [file 6] 







BoasBoyarsky, [file 7] 







Book award 







BradenByrnes, [file 8] 







CableCater, [file 9] 







ChakerianChung, [file 10] 







[file 11 is missing] 







CohenCox, [file 12] 







Cover 







CroninCzech problems, [file 13] 







Criticism 







DasDawson, [file 14] 







DeBrangesDhage, [file 15] 
box 
4La87 






DilworthDorsett, [file 16] 







Distinguished service, MAA 







DressDuncan, [file 17] 







EagonElSabaa, [file 18] 







EngelEwell, [file 19] 







FettisFeuer, [file 20] 







FischerFlanders, [file 21] 







Ford awardsFusard, [file 22] 







GallianGersting, [file 23] 







GhandehariGottschalk, [file 24] 







GrabinerGzyl, [file 25] 







HackettHartzler, [file 26] 







HammerHayes, [file 27] 







HeHewitt, [file 28] 







HicksHill, [file 29] 
box 
4La88 






HoffmanHsiung, [file 30] 







HubbardHyllengren, [file 31] 







ICMIzenman, [file 32] 







JacobsonJech, [file 33] 







JohnsonJongsma, [file 34] 







KalamKen Schaft, [file 35] 







KhajehKhaliliKnollenberg, [file 36] 







KocherlakotaKurshan, [file 37] 







LabudaLax, [file 38] 







LeeLiu, [file 39] 







LogosLozano, [file 40] 







MackMandelbrot, [file 41] 







MarcusMavrigian, [file 42] 







McConnellMcGuigan, [file 43] 







[file 44 missing] 







MeetingsMeyerson, [file 45] 







MihalouMneimne, [file 46] 







MoeckelMosteller, [file 47] 







MukherjeeMycielski, [file 48] 







NabutovskiiNeumann, [file 49] 
box 
4La89 






Nachbin 







Negotiations 







New projects 







NielsonNummela, [file 50] 







ObiOwings, [file 51] 







PackardPhillips, [file 52] 







Perlman 







PiPutnam, [file 53] 







Pictures 







Photos, lists of names 







Pseudonyms 







QuandtQvant, [file 54] 







RajasekharRautenberg, [file 55] 







ReanyReznick, [file 56] 







Rebus 
box 
4La90 






RichardsRivlin, [file 57] 







RoanRoyden, [file 58] 







Rosenberg via Boas 







RubelRungaldier, [file 59] 







SabanSaxena, [file 60] 







SchafferScriba, [file 61] 







Schattschneider 







Sarkaria 







SegalShub, [file 62] 







SibleySmyth, [file 63] 







SnellSrivastava, [file 64] 
box 
4La91 






StacyStruve, [file 65] 







Style 







SubrahmanyamSzemeréde, [file 66] 







TanikThyagarajan, [file 67] 







TirunehTyler, [file 68] 







UngarVon Randow, [file 69] 







Vyborny 







WagonWaterhouse, [file 70] 







WeaverWetzel, [file 71] 







WhitakerWhitt, [file 72] 







WieschenbergWinkel, [file 73] 







WolinskyWyler, [file 74] 







XingZwicker, [file 75] 
box 
4La83 






RESTRICTED
[Correspondence revealing referee names is restricted
for 30 years. It may be viewed after being redacted.
Please contact the archivist for more information]









Fekete, [from file 20] 








Marlow, [from file 42] 








Martin, [from file 42] 








Norwood, [from file 50] 








Nyikos, [from file 50] 








Powell, [from file 53] 








Priestly, [from file 53] 
box 
4La92 




Early problem receivers 






General, 19851986,
undated 






Correspondence,
19811982 






Copies sent out,
19811986 





Editorial assistant, salary requests,
19851987 





Editor's reports to the MAA, August 1982,
January 1986 





Forms 






Form letters,
undated 






Form letters, help form letters for refereeing
suggestions, undated 






Letters, invitation number one,
undated 






Master of blank used by PRH to record work done on
each submitted manuscript, undated







Transmittal, cover page,
undated 





Letters to the editor, proposal,
19821983 





Master log of submitted papers,
19811984 





Permissions, 19821985 





Procedures, referee acknowledgment,
19801986 





Progress reports,
19781980 





Solicited articles 






Authors, 19811985 






Subjects, 19801981 





Statement of policy,
1982 





Supplies, 19801984 
box 
4La93 




Subscriptions, Kay Lamont,
19821987 





Table of contents 






General, 19831985 






Mailing list, 19851986,
undated 





Writing manual, [research, correspondence, and drafts],
19621984 




MAA Carriage House 
box 
4La94k 




Thank you letters to Paul and Virginia Halmos for
monetary donation, 2002 
box 
4La93 




“Adv. Bd. Conf. Center I,” Conference center email,
20022003 





“MAA Building Committee,” 3 folders, email, proposals,
forms, 20022006 





Conference Center committee email,
20032007 
box 
AAMOS/3 (CDL) 




MAA Carriage House architectural plans,
2005 
box 
4La94a 




MAA Carriage House renovation study drawing,
2005 





MAA Carriage House renovation digital photo printouts,
card from MAA, 20052006 




Awards 





Distinguished College or University Teaching, Northern
California Section, National,
19931994 





GungHu Award, 1999 




Section meetings 





Minutes of the Northern California Section, May
30, 1987 





“Santa Barbara,” Southern California section meeting
correspondence, 1991 





“Is Research Necessary After Lunch?” Northern California
section meeting, 1993 




Letters of thanks to Halmos for serving on committees,
1993, 1996 




Publications committee,
1988 



American Mathematical Society 




Executive Editor position, correspondence and notes,
1990 




Committees 





“Expo,” Committee on Expository Writing,
19691971 





History of Mathematics committee, correspondence,
minutes, 19941995 





History of Mathematics correspondence,
19951996 




Meetings 





Cincinnati, OH, program for 100 years of AMS Meetings,
letter, 19931994 















III. Publications and unpublished material 
box 
4La94b 


“Fan Mail,” letters of appreciation of Halmos’ works,
circa 1938, 19581996 



Bourbaki, “The Mathematician Who Does’t Exist,”
19601963 



“FA”: “The Problem of Invariant Measure,” “Functional Analysis,”
1960, 1987 



Power Boundedness, S. R. Foguel,
19621963 



“Boolean algebras, Druckfertig,” manuscript for Lectures on Boolean Algebras, circa
1963 



Algebraic and Quasialgebraic operators, book chapter or paper,
photocopy of handwritten manuscript, June 25,
1970 



“How to Write Mathematics” 




Correspondence, fan mail, and translations,
19701975 




Translations, correspondence, and related publications,
19761981 



“Products of Shifts,” notes,
1972 
box 
4La94c 


“American Mathematics from 1940 to the Day Before Yesterday,”
with J.H. Ewing, W.H. Gustafson, S.H. Moolgavkar, W.H. Wheeler, and W.P.
Ziemer 




Unused history, [notes, drafts, etc.],
19731977 




Published copies, 1976,
undated 



“How to Talk Mathematics” 




Correspondence and notes, 19731976,
undated 




Drafts, publication, and translations,
19731977 



Review of Creative Teaching: Heritage of
R.L. Moore by D. Reginald Traylor,
19731974 



“Limsups of Lats,” correspondence about paper,
19741980 



“SpringerVerlag Agreements,”
19741992 



Mathematical Intelligencer, mostly
book review material, [also includes some Monthly items], 19771982 



Letter from Leonard C. Gamble re PRH paper,
1977 
box 
4La94d 


“Finitedimensional Points of Continuity of Lat,” with J.B.
Conway, 19791980 



“The Heart of Mathematics,”
19791981 



“Applied Mathematics is Bad Mathematics” 




Drafts, 1980 




Typed drafts, circa 1980 



Review of The William Lowell Putnam
Competition, Problems and Solutions, 19381964,
19801981 



“The Work of F. Riesz,” manuscripts and photocopy of published
article, circa 1980 



“Asymptotic Toeplitz Operators,” with José Barría,
1981 



“Elements,” correspondence about article,
19811982 



“The Monthly and Me,” MAA FOCUS,
19811982 



“Quadratic Interpolation,” paper drafts and reprints,
correspondence, 19811982, undated 



“Weakly Transitive Matrices,” with José Barriá,
1981 



“Reference,” notes and articles about refereeing, circa
1983 



“Béla SzökefalviNagy,” circa
1984 



“Congress,” “Why Is a Congress?” correspondence and drafts,
[photographs removed to Paul Halmos Photograph Collection],
19861987 
box 
4La94e 


“Kleene,” book review drafts and correspondence,
1989 



“MAA:Letters,” correspondence about “Has Progress in Mathematics
Slowed Down?” 19891991 



“Postcards from Max,” American
Mathematical Monthly printouts,
1993 



Linear Algebra Problem Book, copy
of back cover, 1994 



Logic email and correspondence,
1994 



Book list, circa 1998 



“Part I, The Axioms,” manuscript,
undated 



“Limits of Shifts,” and manuscript for “The Algebra and Topology
of Shifts,” undated 



Published lectures and conference proceedings 




“Spectral Approximants of Normal Operators” 





Colloquium talk, 1968 





Drafts and proofs, 1973,
undated 




“The Teaching of Problem Solving” 





Lecture from panel discussion, “The Problem of Learning
to Teach,” with E. Moise and G. Piranian,
19731975 





[How to Teach], drafts, notes, correspondence,
19731978, undated 




“What to Publish,” panel discussion and paper,
19741976 




“Some Unsolved Problems of Unknown Depth about Operators on
Hilbert Space” 





Correspondence, drafts, and proofs,
1976 





Royal Society of Edinburgh,
19761977 
box 
4La94f 



Integral Operators,
correspondence, 19771979 




Integral operators, old lectures,
undated 



I Want to Be a
Mathematician 




“Materials,” notes (2 folders), 19691987,
undated 




“ITBM New,” correspondence and reviews, 1974,
19861998 




“HTBM Correspondence,”
19821984 
box 
4La94g 



“Draft 0,” handwritten and typed drafts,
1982 




Correspondence (3 folders), 19841985, 19851986,
1995 




“ATHAN,” positive reviews and correspondence about I Want to be a Mathematician,
19851992 




Reviews and fan mail,
19851987 



Von Neumann 




Documents, [research],
19471964 
box 
4La94h 



Useless, 19541970, undated 




Movie, 19661968, undated 




Correspondence, 19721974 




“John Von Neumann,” for Encyclopedia
Britannica, Draft 04, and final draft [draft 6],
1972, undated 




“The Legend of John Von Neumann,”
19721973 




“The Legend of John von Neumann,” typed manuscript and
reprints, 1972, 2004, undated 




Von Neumann talk/”The Legend of John Von Neumann,”
1973, undated 
box 
4La94i 


Reprints by Halmos 




6 folders, 19381981 
box 
4La94h 



Reprints and proofs [separated from the Abraham Robinson
Papers (2005062)], 19481970 




Reprints, 19501998 




Reprints, contents from binder, 1957,
19741978 
box 
4La94j 



Reprints by Halmos, “Paul Halmos: Maverick Mathologist,” by
Donald J. Albers, 19571958, 19771983





Reprints, 19581980 
box 
4La93 



Reprints by Halmos (English and Hungarian),
19681992 
box 
4La94j 



Reprints, 19821992 




Reprints (2 folders),
19821990 
box 
4La94k 



Reprints, 19911998, undated 



Bound reprints by Halmos 




“1,” 19381942 




“Reprints, 19381957,” bound, copy 1,
19381957 
box 
4La94L 



“Reprints, 19381957,” bound, copy 2,
19381957 




“Halmos Reprints, 19511957,”
19511957 




“Reprints, 19581973,” bound, 2 copies,
19581973 
box 
4La94m 



“Rejecta Research Contributions, 19381983,” unpublished,
bound, 1983 



Books by Halmos 




Algebraic Logic,
1962 




The Chauvenet Papers: A Collection of
PrizeWinning Expository Papers in Mathematics, Ed. J.
C. Abbott, 1978 




A Hilbert Space Problem Book, 2nd
Edition, with 2 letters, 1982,
19871988 
box 
4La94n 



“Selecta Research Contributions, 19391982,” Halmos’s copy of
his selected work, 1983 




“Selecta Expository Writing, 19441982,” Halmos’s copy of
selected work, 1983 



Reviews of Halmos publications 




“Reviews,” of Halmos publications, one referee review by
Halmos, 1972, 1986, 19901992 




Reviews and notices of Halmos books, 19911992,
1995 



Reprints by others 




Reprints about Halmos by D. Albers and A. Dijksma,
1995 




Reprints by others, 1900,
19351978 
box 
4La94p 



Reprints by others, 19781987,
undated 




John von Neumann, reprints by others (includes Hungarian),
1958, 1979, 19821983 
box 
4La94o 


Bound reprints by others 




“Probability I,” 1920s,
1930s 




“Probability II,” 19291939 




“Probablility 3,” 19311940 




“Probability 4,” 19301940 




“Operators, von Neumann,”
1940 
box 
4La94p 


Books by others 




Foundations of Point Set
Theory, R. L. Moore,
1932 



Printed materials 




Quaestiones Mathematicae
circular, 1990 




“Topology,” excerpts from Set Theory
and Metric Spaces by Irving Kaplansky, undated




Obituary  KaufmanBühler, Walter,
1986 















IV. Lectures 
box 
4La94p 


“Mathematical Machines,” 1957 
box 
4La94q 


“Problem Talk Records,”
19631986 



“Scotland,” British Mathematical Colloquium,
19641965 



“Hungary 1965,” letters, notes, tourist information,
1965 



“Some problems,” 19671968, 1972,
1980 



“Finite – Dimensional Hilbert Spaces,”
1969 



Various, [folder labeled ‘Talks 1968’],
1970 



Algebraic operators, lecture notes, 19701971,
undated 



Three talks, “Noncommutative approximation theory,” “How Normal
Should You Be?” “Is Every Matrix Symmetric?” 1973, 19931994




“Bounded Matrices,” lecture notes, March
1976 



Unsolved problems, notes, 19761977,
undated 



“Ten Solutions in Hilbert Space,” Texas Christian University
Regional Conference on Hilbert Space,
19781979 



"Ten Years in Hilbert Space" 




From survey talk, 19791980 




Lecture, 1979 



“A Decade of Progress in Operator Theory,” 1979,
undated 



“Why Do Mathematicians Get Paid and What Do They Do for It?”
1982 



“Questions,” 19831985 



“Language,” manuscript, 1984 
box 
4La94r 


“Problems TelAviv,” manuscript,
1985 



“Ramsey,” lecture manuscripts and notes, 1985,
undated 



“MAA/DC,” notes and manuscripts for “Is Your Mathematics the Same
as Your Grandfather’s?” 19861989, undated




“Fifty Years of Linear Algebra,” correspondence,
19861988 



“Problems,” notes and manuscripts,
19881994 



California Mathematics Council Community Colleges (CMC3) lecture
correspondence, 1989 



“Memops,” notes and lecture on operator theory,
1989 



Untitled talk about “chomp,” letter from Martin Gardner,
circa 1989 



“Spain,” correspondence, itinerary,
19891991 



“Everything…” manuscript for “Everything I Don’t Know About
Matrices,” circa 1990 



“Lecce,” manuscript and notes for talk, circa
1992 



Talks, University of Mississippi, Oxford (MS), San Francisco
State University, San Francisco (CA), New York University, New York –
announcements, bulletin, letter, 1994 



“Berkeley,” “Hundred Years of Analysis: A Personal Reminiscence,”
manuscript, 1997 
box 
4La94s 


“My Religion of Mathematics,”
1997 



“Big Matrices and Little Kernels: The Examples that Come Before
the Theorems,” [notes, manuscripts, and lecture version],
undated 















V. Notes/Research 
box 
4La94s 


“DOOB,” Topology notebook, 1936 



Notebook, September 1936 



“Notebook on the Theory of Numbers,”
1936 



“Von Neumann,” 1939 
box 
4La94t 


“Invariant Measures” by John Von Neumann, with Halmos notes,
19401941 



“Von Neumann”: “Invariant Measures” notes (photocopy),
19401941 



“Martingales,” February 1956 



“Axiomatic Set Theory,” 1958 



“Toeplitz notes,” 1962 



“Problems,” 1967, 19721986 
box 
4La94u 


“Int. Ops,” Theory of integral operators,
1974 



“SET,” notes on set theory,
19751976 



“Diary,” manuscript and notes from binder, 19761983,
1989, undated 



Math diary, notes from binder, 19771981,
undated 



“LAT U.S.C.,” 19781980 



Mathematical diary, 1979 



“Hyperspace Topologies,”
19791982 
box 
4La94v 


“Diary, July 1980,” Mathematical notebook,
19801983 



“Toeplitz:Finite,” 19821984 



“Report on a trip to the Soviet Union, May 1630, 1959,” by
Lipman Bers, 1959 



Index of Names – list of mathematicians,
1986 



Problems 




“140,” 19631967, 19711976, 19861991,
undated 




“4180,” (2 folders) 1955, 19611976, 19841991,
undated 




“81120,” 19631967, 19711976,
19861991 
box 
4La94w 



“121160,” 1952, 1965, 19711991,
undated 




“161200,” 1955, 19631995 




“201240,” 19551960, 19701991,
undated 




“241280,” 1953, 19631964, 19701991,
undated 




“281320,” 1953, 19601989,
undated 




“321360,” 19521958, 19621968, 19711991,
undated 




“361400,” 1961, 19911995 
box 
4La94x 



Problems notes, undated 



Topical 




“Algebra, Approximation, Calkin, Category, Commutator,
Compact, Cyclic, Dilate,” 19621982, undated





“Finite, Fredholm, Functional Calculus, Geometry, Invariant,
Lattice, Matrix, Miscellaneous,” (2 folders), 1959,
19631984, undated 
box 
4La94y 



“Normal, Number Range, Perturbation, Power Boundedness,
Projection, Quasinilpotent, Quasitriangular, Reducible,” (2
folders), 19621977 




“Shift, Subnormal, Toeplitz, Topology, Volterra, Weighted,”
(2 folders), 19621982, undated 















VI. Correspondence 
box 
4La94y 


Anthony, Joby, letter, May 12,
1998 



“Ambrose,” (Warren), 2 folders,
19651997 



“AMS,” correspondence with foreign mathematicians,
1938, 1946, 19581959, 1973 



Assorted correspondence and notes,
19652000 
box 
4La94z 


“Axler” [Sheldon], 19921997 



Doob, Joseph 




"Doob," 19361998 




19701993 



“English,” letters and enclosed articles from Leonard Gillman,
19741996, undated 



Ewing, John H., 19761993 
box 
4La95f 


Gardner, Martin (and Richard Gardner),
19741984 
box 
4La94z 


General inquiries, 19571994 
box 
4La95a 


Gillman, Leonard 




19781997 




1993 



“H,” 19671997 



Helgason, Sigurdur, correspondence and reprints, 2000,
undated 



Hochschild, Gerhard, 1997 



KaufmanBühler, Walter,
19771985 



“L” 19761997, undated 



Lefschetz, Simon, correspondence and list of pictures,
1964, undated 



Lehrer, Tom, 19851986, 1997 
box 
4La95f 


[M], 1970s1995 
box 
4La95a 


“Nakano,” Kazumi, letter and photograph,
1988 



National Academy of Sciences, concerning 1965 Russia trip,
1976 



“Old Van Nostrand,” correspondence with and about the publisher,
19641974 
box 
4La95b 


“P,” 19771997, undated 



Personal correspondence (4 folders), includes photographs,
19731997 



“Photo ackn.,” concerning photographs,
19651990 
box 
4La95c 


“R,” 19771996 



Rogers, Patricia, emails, c.v., articles by Rogers,
19901994 



“Russia 1965,” concerning National Academy of Sciences exchange
trip, 19641965 



“S,” 2 folders, 19681996 



Smithies, Frank, 19961998 



“Sokolowsky’ [Dan], letters to Halmos,
19891993 



“T,” 19781994 



Untermeyer, Louis, January 1971 



“V,” 19791996, undated 
box 
4La95d 


“Von Neumann,” with Nicholas Vonneumann and others about his
book The Philosophical Legacy of John von
Neumann, 19861992 



“W,” 19781997, undated 



Wallen, Larry 




19761997 




19821992 



Email to Frank [Wattenberg], “Permuted Vectors,”
undated 



Weil, André, 1978, 1986 



“Z,” 19851996 















VII. Conferences/Travel Diaries 
box 
4La95d 


“Oberwolfach 1965,” correspondence,
19641965 



“Budapest 1964,” travel diary, March
1964 



Travel diary, 1966 



St. Andrew’s Colloquium, correspondence, diary,
19701972 



Travel diary, “Scotland Etc. 1973,” volumes 1 and 2,
JanuaryJuly 1973 



Banach Spaces, group photo identification list,
1973 
box 
4La95e 


Vacation Course on Banach Algebras – 2 diaries, programme,
participant list, 1976 



“Approximation and Functional Analysis,” Germany, correspondence,
19791980 



Travel diary, St Andrew’s, Oberwolfach, Budapest,
Summer 1980 



International conference on functional analysis, University of
California Santa Barbara, participant list, 1985




“Budapest 88,” correspondence about algebraic logic conference,
1988 



“Lecce,” University of Lecce mathematics department 25th
anniversary, 1992 



International Linear Algebra Society – Florida, program,
March 1993 



Journal for unidentified event, May
1995 



Banach Space participant list,
undated 















VIII. Personal 
box 
4La95e 


Correspondence 




Delay, Rita (neé Chang?),
19861997 




Greenberg, John L. (includes 3.5 x 5 disk),
19971999 




Laemmle, Alyse, 19771985,
19951999 




Leibling, Jean Stafford, letter, December 29,
1971 
box 
4La95f 



[M], 1970s1991 
box 
4La95e 



Robertson, Wendy, Alexander, and Vivien,
19681996 
box 
4La95f 



Unidentified correspondent, email,
1998 




Unidentified correspondent, letter in Hungarian,
undated 



Miscellaneous 




Official documents – passports, birth certificates, U. S.
citizenship certificate, marriage certificate, 1906,
19151916, 19451971 




“Paula Halmos,” correspondence and clippings, circa
1916 




Legal papers – accident settlement, annulment, separations
and divorce decrees, 1933, 1938,
1945 




Certificates, degrees and transcripts, Social Security Card,
19341939, undated 




Personal journal of poetry and prose, autumn
1944 




Driver's license, circa 1977 




“Curiosa” – notes, articles, poems,
1970s1990s 




“Aftermath” – Halmos interview transcript with T. P. Speed,
December 1976 




West German postage stamp, gift from Tom McKnight,
April 1983 




Birthday lists, 1989, 1994 




Certificate for biographical record in Who’s Who in America, information sheet,
1994 




Monetary donation to Santa Clara University,
1995 




Akadémiai Értesítő – Hungarian
newletter, 1998 
box 
4La95g 



Envelope, RESTRICTED until 2020,
undated 















IX. Photographs 
box 
4La95f 


Paula Halmos, unidentified woman (removed from Correspondence,
“T”), 1915, circa 1989 















X. Artifacts 
box 
2009020/1 (LSF) 


Honorary Degree Hoods 




D.Sc., 1980, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (white satin
with dark rosecolored faille) 




D.Sc., 1984, De Pauw University (gold velvet, solid gold
satin) 




Doctor of Humane Letters, 1986, Kalamazoo College (white
velvet, orange satin with black chevrons) 




Doctor of Mathematics, honoris causa, 1990, University of
Waterloo (white satin, maroon satin) 















XI. Virginia Halmos 
box 
4LA95f 


Incoming correspondence to Virginia Halmos (includes Joan Didion
and Philip Larkin), 1968, 19882002 



Diplomas, birth and death certificates 
