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David Eugene Smith Historical papers, 1400-1899

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1166
Bib ID 4079344 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Smith, David Eugene, 1860-1944
Title David Eugene Smith Historical papers, 1400-1899
Physical Description 17.5 linear feet (31 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Readers must use photocopies of the Guillaume Libri letters.



Collection arranged into 2 series.



Correspondence, manuscripts, and documents of mathematicians and other scientists, often dealing with politics and fields other than mathematics. Many of these concern the French Revolution.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Readers must use photocopies of the Guillaume Libri letters.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); David Eugene Smith historical papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

Collections related by provenance: Columbia University has the following collection that contain materials donated by David Eugene Smith: David Eugene Smith Collection of Professional Papers -https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/4079345); Smith documents, 1050-1883 (Primarily French and English financial documents, deeds, indentures, etc.) - https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/15681950; Smith western manuscripts, 12th cent.-1910; Smith Oriental manuscripts, 8th cent.-early 20th cent.; Smith portraits of mathematicians https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/15447731; Smith collection of books on the history of mathematics, 15th-20th centuries; Smith mathematical instruments, 1st cent.-20th cent - https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/15447801; Smith medals-https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/15447824;


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Alternate Form Available

Lalande letters are available on microfilm

Guillaume Libri letters are available in photocopy form

Gaspard Monge letters are available on microfilm

Selected d'Alembert letters are available on microfilm

Selected Isaac Newton letters are available on microfilm

Selected Quetelet letters are available on microfilm

Letters to William John Clarke Miller are available on microfilm

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Smith, David Eugene. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1931. Accession number--M-31.

75 letters re. geometry: Source of acquisition--6731B (Smith). Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--12/28/1993. Accession number--M-93-12-28.

Gift of David Eugene Smith, 1931.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.

75 letters re. geometry Cataloged HR 07/27/1995.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Alembert, Jean Le Rond d', 1717-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berkeley, George, 1685-1753 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bourlet, C (Carlo), 1866-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brocard, H. (Henri), 1845-1922 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnot, Lazare, 1753-1823 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carvallo, E (Emmanuel), 1856-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Casey, John, 1820-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Comte, Auguste, 1798-1857 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de, 1743-1794 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
De Morgan, Augustus, 1806-1871 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Descartes, René, 1596-1650 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Euler, Leonhard, 1707-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Faraday, Michael, 1791-1867 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Flamsteed, John, 1646-1719 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geometry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gladstone, W. E (William Ewart), 1809-1898 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gohierre de Longchamps, Gaston Albert, 1842- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hadamard, Jacques, 1865-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Herschel, John F. W (John Frederick William), 1792-1871 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Klein, Felix, 1849-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laisant, C.-A (Charles-Ange), 1841-1920 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lalande, Joseph Jérôme Le Français de, 1732-1807 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laplace, Pierre Simon, marquis de, 1749-1827 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laurent, H (Hermann), 1841-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Libri, Guillaume, 1803-1869 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mackay, J. S (John Sturgeon), 1843-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mannheim, A. (Amédée), 1831-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marre, Aristide, 1823-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Maurepas, Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, comte de, 1701-1781 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maxwell, James Clerk, 1831-1879 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Milhaud, Gaston, 1858-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Monge, Gaspard, 1746-1818 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Neuberg, Joseph, 1840-1926 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ocagne, Maurice d', 1862-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ohm, Martin, 1792-1872 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playfair, Lyon Playfair, Baron, 1818-1898 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Pycroft, George, 1819-1894 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Quetelet, Adolphe, 1796-1874 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rosse, William Parsons, Earl of, 1800-1867 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Schoute, P. H (Pieter Hendrik), 1846-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Sheepshanks, R (Richard), 1794-1855 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, prince de Bénévent, 1754-1838 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trevelyan, Charles E (Charles Edward), 1807-1886 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Voltaire, 1694-1778 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical note

Mathematician. Professor of mathematics at the State Normal School, Cortland, N.Y., 1884-1891; at Michigan State Normal College, 1891-1898; at New York State Normal School, Brockport, N.Y., 1898-1901; and at Teachers College, Columbia University, 1901-1944. He was the editor of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, the American Mathematical Monthly, and Scripta Mathematica, a member of the International Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics, 1908-1944; and librarian of Teachers College, 1902-1920. He was the author of Rara Mathematica (1907), The History of Mathematics (1924), and many other works on the history of mathematics as well as over forty mathematical textbooks and numerous journal articles. He also collected manuscript materials relating to the history of mathematics.