University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Philip Davis Mathematician Autograph Collection, 1952-1960, 1979, 1996-2002

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Davis, Philip J.
Title: Philip Davis Mathematician Autograph Collection
Dates: 1952-1960, 1979, 1996-2002
Abstract: The Philip Davis Mathematician Autograph Collection consists of hand-signed letters from well-known mathematicians, received by Davis during his career.
Accession No.: 2012-032
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Philip J. Davis is an American academic applied mathematician. After serving in the Air Force Reserves during the 1940s, he received his PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 1950, where he wrote his dissertation under Ralph Boas. From 1954 to 1963, he worked for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC, becoming head of the Numerical Analysis Section in 1959. In 1963, he joined the faculty at Brown University, where he remained for the rest of his career.

Davis was an active writer in the fields of applied mathematics and the philosophy of mathematics, as well as autobiographical and fiction works. He was one of the founding editors of the Journal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 1953.

Source: Philip Davis Oral History, The History of Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing,

Scope and Contents

The Philip Davis Mathematician Autograph Collection consists of hand-signed letters from well-known mathematicians, received by Davis during his career. The letters generally deal with routine mathematical business, such as requests for reprints, submissions to journals, or mathematical problems. Some letters have personal messages to Davis, and some deal with the business of the National Bureau of Standards.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Davis, Philip J., 1923-
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. National Bureau of Standards.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Philip Davis Mathematician Autograph Collection, 1952-1960, 1979, 1996-2002, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elliot Williams, January 2013.

Detailed Description of the Papers



Note: Dates in brackets were provided by Davis.
4RM202 Ahlfors, Lars V., January 31, 1955
Beckenbach, E. F., May 17, 1954
Bellman, Richard, June 29, 1954
Bergman, Stefan
April 13, 1954
April 27, 1954
Birkhoff, Garrett, November 1, 1957
Boas, Ralph
September 4, [1954?]
June 27, 1960
Buck, Creighton, [1954?]
Churchill, R. V., May 23, 1958
Coxeter, Donald, September 28, 2002
Doob, J. L., February 7, 1956
Dvoretsky, A., August 22, 1956
Erdélyi, A., January 5, 1955
Fekete, Michael
January 1954
September 3, 1953
June 8, 1953
June 28, 1953
May 13, 1956
September 6, 1956
Fichera, Gaetano, January 24, 1956
Fulks, W., July 6, [1958?]
Heins, Maurice, October 2, 1952
Hille, Einar, August 26, 1955
Jaeger, John C., October 2, 1955
Kac, Mark
October 2, 1956
October 28, 1958
Kogbetliantz, Ervand George
August 23, 1956
[July 1956]
Komatsu, Yûsaku, November 15, 1954
Krzywoblocki, M. Z. v.
July 21, 1953
March 15, 1954
Langer, Rudolph E., June 10, 1958
Lehmer, D. H., June 1, 1954
Leighton, Walter, October 21, 1954
Motzkin, Theodore S., December 29, 1955
Nehari, Zeev, August 1, 1955
Negebauer, Otto, [undated]
Ostrowski, A. M., January 22, 1958
Pólya, George, July 22, 1955
Rajwade, A. R., February 22, 1996
Schaeffer, A. C., August 26, 1953
Schiffer, M., November 19, 1953
Schoenberg, I. J.
September 8, 1958
May 9, 1979
Steifel, E., October 8, 1955
Szegö, G.
May 5, 1955
May 9, 1960
Toomer, Jerry, October 27, 1998
Truesdell, Clifford A.
November 4, 1952
November 20, 1952
[circa 1952]
Trijinsky, W. J., December 30, 1954
Walsh, Joseph Leonard, February 17, 1954
Widder, Dave, October 12, 1952
Wolf, Frantisek, June 10, 1955
Zariski, Oscar, October 1, 1958