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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Howard Oral History Collection, 1973, 1990-2003



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Howard, William Alvin, 1926-
Title: William Howard Oral History Collection
Dates: 1973, 1990-2003
Abstract: The William Howard Oral History Collection (1973, 1990-2003) is comprised of materials from a series of oral history interviews of William Howard, conducted by Amy Shell-Gellasch, one of his students.
Accession No.: 2011-339
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Howard is a mathematician and logician, best known for his work in proof theory. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago (1956), where he studied under Saunders Mac Lane and André Weil. Howard was a professor of mathematical logic and the history of mathematics at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Scope and Contents

The William Howard Oral History Collection (1973, 1990-2003) is comprised of materials from a series of oral history interviews of William Howard, conducted by Amy Shell-Gellasch, one of his students. An edited version of the interview was published by Shell-Gellasch as “Reflections of My Adviser: Stories of Mathematics and Mathematicians” in The Mathematical Intelligencer (2003).

The collection contains interview transcripts, autobiographical handwritten notes by Howard, correspondence between Howard and Shell-Gellasch, background material on Howard’s life and the mathematicians with whom he interacted, and a copy of a letter that Howard sent to Kurt Gödel. Also included are an audiocassette and floppy disk from Shell-Gellasch’s interviews with Howard.

Among the prominent mathematicians mentioned in Howard’s interviews and notes are Paul Cohen, Kurt Gödel, Paul Halmos, Georg Kreisel, Saunders Mac Lane, Stanley Tannenbaum, and André Weil.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Equipment is unavailable to view 3.5-inch floppy disk.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Howard, William Alvin, 1926-
Gödel, Kurt--Correspondence.
Shell-Gellasch, Amy-
Subjects (Organizations)
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)
University of Chicago. Dept. of Mathematics.
University of Illinois at Chicago.
Subjects
Logic, Symbolic and mathematical.
Mathematicians--Interviews.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Howard Oral History Collection, 1973, 1990-2003, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elliot Williams, October 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2011-339/1 Audiocassette, “Bill talking about Gödel,” April 2000
RESTRICTED: 3.5-inch floppy disk, "Bill interview," undated
Autobiographical notes by Howard [includes letter to Gödel], 1973, 2000, undated
Biographical material [CV and publications], 1996, 2000, undated
Correspondence--Shell-Gellasch and Howard, 2000
Interview transcripts, edited [with index], 2000
Published interview, 2003
Supporting material, 1990-2000

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