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Lois W. Griffiths (1899-1981) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/19/5
The Lois W. Griffiths Papers are contained in three and one-half boxes, date between 1923 and 1981, and are comprised of small amounts of correspondence and materials relating to Griffith's graduate education, as well as teaching files and publications.

The teaching files, which comprise the bulk of the papers, contain lecture notes, reading notes, syllabi, schedules, examination questions, and a few student papers. They are arranged roughly by course number.

The publications include portions of and supporting documentation relating to three lengthy works on linear equations, equation theory, and group theory. Drafts of shorter articles are arranged in folders alphabetically according to title. Of special interest among the articles are several letters between Griffiths and one of her doctoral professors, E.T. Bell, the well-known writer on mathematics, which are filed in Box 3, Folder 11.

Dates

  • 1923-1981

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

4.00 Boxes

Abstract

Lois W. Griffiths came to Northwestern University in 1927 as an instructor in mathematics, was promoted to assistant professor of mathematics in 1930, and to associate professor in 1938. She retired form Northwestern in 1964. Her special field of research was number theory. Her papers are contained in three and one-half boxes, date between 1923 and 1981, and are comprised of small amounts of correspondence and materials relating to Griffith's graduate education, as well as teaching files and publications. The teaching files (the bulk of the papers) contain lecture notes, reading notes, syllabi, schedules, examination questions, and a few student papers. The publications include portions of and supporting documentation relating to three lengthy works on linear equations, equation theory, and group theory. Of special interest among the articles are several letters between Griffiths and one of her doctoral professors, E.T. Bell, the well-known writer on mathematics.

Arrangement

The papers of Lois W. Griffiths are organized into: general correspondence; graduate education (chiefly arranged by course number, plus topical folders and reading notes); teaching files; publications (major publications, and articles, in alphabetical order); and biographical materials.

Method of Acquisition

The Lois W. Griffiths Papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Professor Robert Lerner of the Northwestern University History Department on May 1, 1985 (Accession #85-85).

Separated Materials

Approximately ten linear inches of publications and duplicate materials have been separated. Items relating to the Northwestern University Department of Mathematics have been added to the University Archives general reference files. Eight diplomas have been added to the Archives' diploma collection.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty; January, 1986.
Title
Guide to the Lois W. Griffiths (1899-1981) Papers
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/01/1986
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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