Descriptive Summary
Batchelder, Paul M.
Paul M. Batchelder
Papers
1917-1918, 1952-1953, undated
Materials are written in English.
2013-075
832439204
2 in.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The
University of Texas at Austin
This collection contains manuscripts and notes by
Paul Mason Batchelder (1886-1971), a professor of mathematics at the University
of Texas at Austin.
Biographical Note
Paul Mason Batchelder (1886-1971) was a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth (1908), a master’s degree from Princeton (1910), and
a Ph.D. from Harvard (1916), where his advisor was G. D. Birkhoff. In 1916, he began teaching at UT,
where he remained until his retirement in 1954. His mathematical interests included difference equations,
number theory, and astronomy.

Source:
“Paul Mason Batchelder,” UT General Faculty Memorial Resolution, 1974.

Scope and Contents
This collection contains manuscripts and notes by Batchelder. One item is a compilation of "Galois
Theory of Algebraic Equations" by Batchelder, explaining the area of mathematics that deals with
the application of the theory of finite groups to the solution of algebraic equations.

The other items are two sets of handwritten notes by Batchelder. One set consists of notes,
solutions, quiz, and final examination in Pure Mathematics 317 (Fall 1952 and January 1953), a
course in number theory. The other set consists of solutions to some problems and exercises in
E. T. Copson’s

An Introduction to the Theory of Functions of a Complex
Variable (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1935).
Access Restrictions
Unrestricted access.

Acquisition Information
The first accession to this collection, made up of the Galois theory manuscript, was part of the
UT Fleming (Richard T.) Writings Collection. Accession 2013-075, consisting
of the two sets of handwritten notes, was transferred from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research
Center in November 2012, where it had been donated by Prof. R. E. Greenwood.

Separated Material
Batchelder’s copy of E. T. Copson,

An Introduction to the Theory of Functions
of a Complex Variable (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1935) is now held by the Kuene Physics
Mathematics Astronomy Library at UT.
Index Terms
Subjects (Persons)
Batchelder, Paul M. (Paul Mason), 1886-
Copson, E. T. (Edward Thomas), 1901-
Galois, Evariste, 1811-1832
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Dept. of Mathematics
Subjects
Mathematics.
UT Fleming, Richard T.,
University Writings Collections.
Preferred Citation
Paul M. Batchelder Papers, 1917-1918, 1952-1953, undated,
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers
Inventory
3U7
"Galois Theory of Algebraic Equations,"
1917-1918
86-9/10 (LSF)
Handwritten notes [accession 2013-075],
1952-1953, undated