David Eugene Smith Historical papers, 1400-1899

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Call No.:
Bib ID:
4079344 View CLIO record
Smith, David Eugene, 1860-1944
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Physical Description:
17.5 linear feet (31 boxes)
English .
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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.


Collection arranged into 2 series.

Using the Collection

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.

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.

Subject Headings

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Alembert, Jean Le Rond d', 1717-1783 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Berkeley, George, 1685-1753 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Bourlet, C (Carlo), 1866-1913 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Brocard, H. (Henri), 1845-1922 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Carnot, Lazare, 1753-1823 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Carvallo, E (Emmanuel), 1856-1945 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Casey, John, 1820-1891 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Comte, Auguste, 1798-1857 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de, 1743-1794 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
De Morgan, Augustus, 1806-1871 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Descartes, René, 1596-1650 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Euler, Leonhard, 1707-1783 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Faraday, Michael, 1791-1867 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Flamsteed, John, 1646-1719 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Gladstone, W. E (William Ewart), 1809-1898 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Gohierre de Longchamps, Gaston Albert, 1842- CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Hadamard, Jacques, 1865-1963 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Herschel, John F. W (John Frederick William), 1792-1871 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Klein, Felix, 1849-1925 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Laisant, C.-A (Charles-Ange), 1841-1920 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Lalande, Joseph Jérôme Le Français de, 1732-1807 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Laplace, Pierre Simon, marquis de, 1749-1827 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Laurent, H (Hermann), 1841-1908 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Libri, Guillaume, 1803-1869 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Mackay, J. S (John Sturgeon), 1843-1914 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Mannheim, A. (Amédée), 1831-1906 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Marre, Aristide, 1823-1918 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Maurepas, Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, comte de, 1701-1781 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Maxwell, James Clerk, 1831-1879 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Milhaud, Gaston, 1858-1918 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Monge, Gaspard, 1746-1818 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Neuberg, Joseph, 1840-1926 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ocagne, Maurice d', 1862-1938 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ohm, Martin, 1792-1872 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Playfair, Lyon Playfair, Baron, 1818-1898 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Poincaré, Henri, 1854-1912 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Pycroft, George, 1819-1894 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Quetelet, Adolphe, 1796-1874 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Rosse, William Parsons, Earl of, 1800-1867 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Savage, Minot J (Minot Judson), 1841-1918 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Schoute, P. H (Pieter Hendrik), 1846-1913 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Sheepshanks, R (Richard), 1794-1855 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, prince de Bénévent, 1754-1838 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Trevelyan, Charles E (Charles Edward), 1807-1886 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Voltaire, 1694-1778 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
College teachers CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Geometry CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Mathematicians CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Mathematics -- History CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Political science CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Scientists CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID