A Guide to the John Edward Williams Papers, 1892-1940 Williams, John Edward Papers Ms1956-005

A Guide to the John Edward Williams Papers, 1892-1940

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Accession Number Ms1956-005


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Accession Number
Ms1956-005
Title
previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit Papers 1892-1940
Physical Characteristics
2 containers; 0.6 cu. ft.
Creator
previous hitWilliams next hit, previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit, professor of mathematics (1903-1924) and dean of the college (1924-1943) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Includes class notes taken by previous hitWilliams next hit as a graduate student at the University of Virginia; notes and solutions for various mathematical problems; texts of previous hitWilliams next hit' speeches; printed articles by previous hitWilliams next hit and others; diplomas and membership certificates.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit Papers, Ms1956-005 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit Papers were donated to Newman Library in 1956.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit Papers commenced and was completed in October 2007.


Biographical Information

previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit, Virginia Tech mathematics professor and dean of the college, was born in Charlotte County, Virginia on September 17, 1867. The son of Albert H. and Matilda Berkeley previous hitWilliams next hit, he graduated from Hampden-Sidney College in 1892 before serving as principal of Boydton High School for two years. From 1894 to 1895, he served as assistant principal of Roanoke's Commerce Street School, then returned to Boydton as a private instructor for Col. Thomas F. Goode.

previous hitWilliams next hit entered a special course in pure mathematics at the University of Virginia in 1896, obtaining his master's degree in 1899 and doctoral degree in 1902. He served as a mathematics instructor at the university from 1899 until 1903, when he was appointed to the mathematics department at Virginia Tech.

In 1924, previous hitWilliams next hit was named Virginia Tech's dean of the college, a position he would hold until his death. A Presbyterian and Royal Arch Mason, previous hitWilliams next hit also served on the state board of education and on the Hampden-Sidney board of trustees and was a member of several mathematics- and science-related societies. In 1925, Hampden-Sidney conferred upon him an honorary doctor of laws degree.

previous hitWilliams next hit married Sallie Taylor Patton, daughter of Col. William M. Patton, in 1905. The couple had three children. previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit died in Blacksburg on April 19, 1943.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of previous hitJohn next hit previous hitEdward next hit previous hitWilliams next hit, a professor of mathematics (1903-1924) and dean of the college (1924-1943) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). The collection contains notes kept by previous hitWilliams next hit while a graduate student in courses taught by James Morris Page, William H. Echols and others at the University of Virginia. Also included are several notebooks devoted to various mathematical problems and solutions, together with texts of a number of previous hitWilliams next hit' speeches, as well as a small set of printed articles written by previous hitWilliams next hit, Page, Echols and others. A collection of previous hitWilliams next hit' various diplomas and membership certificates completes the collection.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically.

Contents List

Notes from University of Virginia master's astronomy course 1897
Box-folder: 1-1
Notes from mathematics lectures of Professor William H. Echols 1897
Box-folder: 1-2
Notes on J. M. Page's invariants of groups 1898
Box-folder: 1-3
"Notes on analysis, from the lectures of Prof. William H. Echols" 1899
Box-folder: 1-4
Notes from J. M. Page's doctoral mathematics course ca. 1900
Box-folder: 1-5
"Exercises in strength of materials by Wm. M. Thornton; solved by J. E. previous hitWilliams next hit" 1902
Box-folder: 1-6
"Report on experiments: senior physics" 1902
Box-folder: 1-7
Miscellaneous notes and outlines for various mathematical theorems n.d.
Box-folder: 1-8
"Examples in groups" problems and solutions n.d.
Box-folder: 1-9
[2 items]
"Notes on Ph.D. math groups" n.d.
Box-folder: 1-10
[3 items]
Texts of speeches by previous hitWilliams next hit 1930-1940
Box-folder: 1-11
Printed materials 1895-1929, n.d.
Box-folder: 1-12
  • Echols, Robert Lewis, A Correspondence in geometry: and some properties of pseudo homochiral and pseudo heterochiral configurations1929
  • Echols, Robert Lewis, The Roots of circulants and application to the roots of polynomials1928
  • Echols, W. H., "On the expansion of a function without use of derivatives" 1895
  • Page, J. M., "The General transformation of the group of Euclidian movements" n.d.
  • Page, J. M., "Transformation groups." Annals of mathematics 8(4): 117-133 n.d.
  • Wentworth, Charles C., "Line and surface for railway curves." American Society of Civil Engineers Transactions 48: 357-370 1902
    [reprint]
  • previous hitWilliams next hit, J. E. and R. B. H. Begg, "A Transition curve." Engineering Experiment Station of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute Bulletin1923
  • previous hitWilliams J. E., On the geometry of the transformation group (p, q, r, xq, yp, zr, xp--yq, 2 2r)1899
Oversize Materials
Folder: Oversize
  • Diplomas 1892-1903
  • Hampden-Sidney College honorary degree 1925
  • Raven Society membership certificate 1926