# Guide to the Harold T. Davis (1892-1974) Papers

Collection Title: | Harold T. Davis (1892-1974) Papers |

Dates: | 1924-1974 |

Identification: | 11/3/19/8 |

Creator: | Davis, Harold T. (Harold Thayer), 1892-1974 |

Extent: | 3 Boxes |

Language of Materials: | English |

Abstract: | The Harold T. Davis Papers fills three archival boxes and span the period between 1924 and 1974. They are comprised of three folders of biographical material, five folders of articles by Davis, three bound volumes of mathematical papers by Davis and six bound volumes of tables of higher mathematical functions compiled by Davis. |

Acquisition Information: | The Harold T. Davis Papers were transferred to the University Archives on November 30, 1988 by Zita Hayward of the Mathematics Library as Accession #88-278. It was separated from Accession #88-273. |

Processing Information: | Alex L. Strauss, March 1998. |

Separated Materials: | None. |

Conditions Governing Access: | None. |

Repository: | Northwestern University Archives Deering Library, Room 110 1970 Campus Dr. Evanston, IL, 60208-2300 URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives Email: archives@northwestern.edu Phone: 847-491-3354 |

## Biographical/Historical Information

Harold Thayer Davis was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on October 5, 1892. After graduating from Colorado College in 1915, he received his master's degree at Harvard in 1919 and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1926. He was employed as an instructor in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin from 1920 to 1923, and then worked at Indiana University from 1923 to 1937 where he became a full professor of mathematics. After one semester as acting professor of econometrics at Colorado College, he was appointed professor of mathematics at Northwestern University in 1937, becoming Chairman of the Department in 1940. Following his retirement from Northwestern University in 1955 he served in a similar capacity at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Davis died on November 14, 1974 in Bloomington Indiana and was survived by a son and daughter.

Davis was a prolific writer; his publications include sixty volumes, along with an equal number of treatises. His writings ranged from a twenty volume ‘Encyclopedia of Mathematical Functions and Their Tables’ to a series of published Christmas tales.

For more information on Harold T. Davis read “Harold Thayer Davis and the Least Squares Estimation of Non-Linear Equations” and “Proposed Running Head: Harold Thayer Davis” by R. W. Farebrother filed in Box One of this series.

## Scope and Content

The Harold T. Davis Papers fills three archival boxes and span the period between 1924 and 1974. They are comprised of three folders of biographical material, five folders of articles by Davis, three bound volumes of mathematical papers by Davis and six bound volumes of tables of higher mathematical functions compiled by Davis.

## Subjects

### Personal Name

Davis, Harold T. (Harold Thayer), 1892-1974

### Subjects

Mathematics teachers--United States

Mathematics--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States