Whitney, Hassler (with Albert Tucker) [Transcript no. 43], 1984 April 10

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


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. Most of the interview discussions focus on the institutional and social context of the development of an eminent mathematical research and graduate education center, and on the personalities and biographies of the individuals involved. Information about technical accomplishments within mathematics are only peripherally considered. Common topics include reasons for coming to Princeton, assessments of the educational and research programs, and the effects of the Depression and the European political situation on academic life. These interviews concern primarily the mathematics community in Princeton in the 1930s.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No information on appraisal is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was updated by Lynn Durgin in 2015, with processing assistance from Carlos Sotelo, Class of 2017. At this time, content from a website titled "The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s: An Oral-History Project" (created in 1999-2000 by Robert T. Jantzen '74, Professor of Mathematical Sciences Villanova University) was migrated to the finding aid, and transcripts were digitized and linked to the finding aid.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use with the exception of the interview of William Flexner, which is closed until 2020.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Whitney, Hassler (with Albert Tucker) [Transcript no. 43]; Department of Mathematics Oral History Project records, AC057, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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