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- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections and Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965 -- Correspondence.
- Luther P. Eisenhart Collection on Woodrow Wilson
- Public Policy Papers
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- 1 box
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- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1
Luther P. Eisenhart taught mathematics at Princeton and was one of the original preceptors appointed in 1905 by Princeton University president Woodrow Wilson. The Luther P. Eisenhart Collection on Woodrow Wilson contains correspondence between Eisenhart and Woodrow Wilson, Eisenhart and others about Woodrow Wilson, letters received by Churchill Eisenhart, and miscellaneous Wilson-related ephemera.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Luther P. Eisenhart Collection on Woodrow Wilson consists of Woodrow Wilson-related materials such as Wilson letters to Eisenhart, Eisenhart correspondence about Wilson, printed material and ephemera. In addition, there is a folder of letters received by Eisenhart's son Churchill Eisenhart (Princeton Class of 1934), from various family members and acquaintances.
The Luther P. Eisenhart Collection on Woodrow Wilson is broken down into three sections, Correspondence, Writings By or About Wilson, and Miscellaneous Ephemera, and arranged alphabetically within these sections.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Luther P. (Pfahler) Eisenhart taught mathematics at Princeton and was one of the original preceptors appointed in 1905 by Princeton University president Woodrow Wilson. He was born on January 13, 1876 to Charles Augustus Eisenhart and Emma Catherine Pfahler Eisenhart in York, Pennsylvania. Eisenhart received his B.A. in Mathematics from Gettysburg College in 1896 and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1900. Eisenhart became an instructor at Princeton University in 1900; Wilson named him a preceptor in 1905. He became a professor of mathematics in 1909, was Dean of the Faculty from 1925-1933, Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1929-1945 and Dean of the Graduate School from 1933-1945. He was active in the post-World War I reform of the educational program at Princeton and was the originator of the famous four-course plan of study in the last two years of undergraduate studies. Adopted in 1923, this program of independent reading and research culminating in an undergraduate thesis continues to be in effect at Princeton. Eisenhart married Anna Maria Dandridge Mitchell in 1908; they had one son. Following his wife's death in 1913, Eisenhart wed Katharine Riely Schmidt in 1918; they had two daughters. Eisenhart died in Princeton on October 28, 1965.
Gift of Luther P. Eisenhart on December 28, 1964 .
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Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- 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. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
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Luther P. Eisenhart Collection on Woodrow Wilson; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Publication Note:
Information in the biographical section was gathered from Luther P. Eisenhart's Faculty file at Princeton University and from Zund, Joseph D., "Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/13/13-00478.html.
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- Princeton university
Eisenhart, Churchill, 1913-.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.