Biography and History

The 1930s saw the flowering of a unique mathematical community at Princeton University, sparked by the construction of a luxurious new building Fine Hall (now Jones Hall) designed to facilitate a real community of mathematicians engaged in research and closely linked with mathematical physicists in the attached Palmer physics laboratory. This community was unlike any other in America before that time and perhaps afterwards, and had important consequences for American mathematics. With the planning and founding of the Institute for Advanced Study at the beginning of the decade, which shared Fine Hall with the university mathematics department during the period 1933 to 1939, a very exciting environment developed which many students and faculty were loath to leave.

Source: From the finding aid for AC057

Occupations

  • Mathematicians. -- Interviews..
  • Department of Mathematics Oral History Project records. 1984-1985 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC057

    Princeton University's Department of Mathematics, founded in 1904 under the chairmanship of Henry Burchard Fine, saw the development of a unique mathematical community in the 1930s that was unlike any other in America before that time and perhaps afterwards, and that had important consequences for American mathematics. The collection consists of written transcripts of 42 interviews with surviving faculty and students of the mathematics community in Princeton in the 1930s, as well as recordings of the interviews, microfilm of interview transcripts, background information on the project, and an archived website that was created in 1999 to provide online access to the interview transcripts and related information.