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David Eugene Smith Professional papers, 1860-1945

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1167
Bib ID 4079345 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Smith, David Eugene, 1860-1944
Title David Eugene Smith Professional papers, 1860-1945
Physical Description 139 boxes (139 boxes 4 flat boxes 1 tube box)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

Tube box 11 is: located off-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



The collection is arranged in 6 series.



Professional and personal papers of Smith, including correspondence and manuscripts from his students, family, contemporary mathematicians and teaching colleagues about the history and teaching of mathematics, his many committees, administrative matters at Teachers College, and his travels and collecting. Also, the manuscripts of his writings and his notes.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Tube box 11 is: located off-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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 professional papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Material

Smith documents, 1050-1883 (Primarily French and English financial documents, deeds, indentures, and the like)

Smith western manuscripts, 12th cent.-1910

Smith Oriental manuscripts, 8th cent.-early 20th cent.

Smith portraits of mathematicians

Smith collection of books on the history of mathematics, 15th-20th centuries (Bib ID 15438575)

Smith mathematical instruments, 1st cent.-20th cent.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of David Eugene Smith. 1931.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.

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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College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Libraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Teachers College -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathematicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathematics -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathematics -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathematics -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Michigan State Normal School -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
State University College at Cortland -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
State University of New York College at Brockport -- Faculty 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.