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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

G. Daniel Mostow Papers, 1935-2019



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mostow, George D.
Title: G. Daniel Mostow papers
Dates: 1935-2019
Abstract: The G. Daniel Mostow papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, articles, notes, programs, printed images, USB flash drives, lectures and reports, and memorial documents. The papers have been organized into three series: Professional, Personal, and USB flash drives.
Identification: camh-arc-004190
Extent: 5.7 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

George Daniel Mostow (1923-2017) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, shortly after his parents immigrated to the United States from Ukraine. He began studying mathematics at a young age and graduated with a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1948. Mostow taught at Syracuse University (1949-1952) followed by Johns Hopkins University. In 1961 he accepted a position at Yale University, where he remained until his retirement in 1999.

While teaching at Yale, Mostow served as the Mathematics department chair from 1971 to 1974, and as the president of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) from 1987 to 1988. He was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and served as a Trustee for the Institute for Advanced Study from 1982 until 1992. He is known for his strong-rigidity theorem, for which he was awarded the AMS's Leroy Steele Prize and the Wolf Prize in 1993 and 2013 respectively.

In addition to his mathematical career, Mostow was interested in human rights. He advocated and petitioned for the release of mathematicians imprisoned within the Soviet Union for political reasons.

Mostow married Evelyn Davidoff, with whom he had four children. At the age of 84, he married Sidnie Feit.

Sources:

-Yale University. Department of Mathematics. Last modified 2017.

-Aderet, Ofer. "Enlightenment at a Red Traffic Light." Haaretz (Israel), March 12, 2013.

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Scope and Contents

The G. Daniel Mostow papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, articles, notes, programs, printed images, USB flash drives, lectures and reports, and memorial documents. The papers have been organized into three series: Professional, Personal, and USB flash drives.

The Professional series includes materials related to Mostow's professional career, including correspondence, conference and event papers, lectures and corresponding notes, manuscripts and drafts, materials on his colleagues, awards, and professional memberships. This makes up the bulk of the papers. The Personal series contains materials related to memorials, human rights, and recommendation requests. There are three USB flash drives within the final series, which contain materials related to and copies of documents in both the Professional and Personal series. They include lectures, memorials, documents pertaining to his human rights activities, and conference files.

All materials have been left in the order in which they were received. The donor has included detailed notes on the content of each box and many sub-series. Some notes provide itemized lists of contents as well as contextual information concerning materials. These can be found within the corresponding folders.

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Arrangement

Professional, 1948-2013, undated
Personal, 1935-2017, undated
USB flash drives, undated

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored remotely; contact repository in advance for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Mostow, George D.
Corporate Names
American mathematical society
National Academy of Sciences U.S.
Yale University.
Subjects
Mathematics--Study and teaching
Places
New Haven

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

G. Daniel Mostow Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

2019-023; 2019-244; 2019-245

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laura Grove, February 2020

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Professional, 1948-2013
Correspondence, 1948-2010
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2019-245/1 Correspondence, 1948-1959
References for AMS-related Mostow timeline letters and documents, 1959-1994
Mostow letters, 1960-2010
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2019-245/1 1960-2010
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2019-023/1 1960-1969
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2019-245/1 1962-1965
1966-1969
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2019-245/2 1970-1973
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2019-023/1 1970-1979
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2019-245/2 1973-1977
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2019-245/7 1980-1982
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2019-023/1 1980-1986
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2019-245/8 1988
1989
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2019-245/6 Soviet-American Symposium, 1989-1990
Dissolution of USSR enables mathematicians to leave, 1989-1990
1989-1990
MSRI: meeting: Lie groups and Ergodic Theory, 1990-1991
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2019-023/1 1990-1996
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2019-245/6 1992
1993
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2019-023/1 Correspondence turn of the century committee IMU, 1993-1994
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2019-245/7 1994
1995
1996
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2019-023/1 1996-2017
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2019-245/7 1997
1998
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2019-245/3 2001
2002-2010
Hirzebruch to Mostow, 1979-1997
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2019-245/2 Miscellaneous letters and articles, 1980-1999
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2019-245/5 Deligne, Mostow, Askey, 1982-1984
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2019-245/7 Deligne and Mostow working on monodromy papers, 1982-1984
Letters and documents, 1983-1984
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2019-245/5 Letters and publications: Deligne, Gelfand, Mostow, 1987-1989
Miscellaneous letters and drafts from Commensurabilities among lattices in PU, 1987-1992
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2019-245/2 Mathematical Science Research Institute, 1988-1991
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2019-245/4 Letters to and from Hirzebruch, 1990-1997
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2019-245/5 Deligne and Mostow commensurabilities book with Hirzebruch letters, 1990-1993
Margulis and Mostow papers and Deligne, 1992-2000
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2019-245/6 Andrew Wiles Fermat, 1993-1995
Fermat Theorem, 1993-1996
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2019-245/7 Letters and retirement, 1998-2000
Publications and manuscripts, 1953-1996
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2019-245/1 Manuscripts, 1953-1955
Publications and related correspondence, 1957-1968
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2019-245/1 Publications, 1957-1959
Publication and correspondence, 1965-1966
1968 publication, 1968
Correspondence, 1968
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2019-245/3 Reprint: Lectures on discrete subgroups of lie groups, 1969
Lectures on discrete subgroups of lie groups, Bombay (TATA), 1969
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2019-245/3 1969
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2019-244/1 1969
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2019-245/2 Report: Support of Lie Groups, 1972-1976
Strong Rigidity of Locally Symmetric Spaces [2], 1973
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2019-245/2 1973
1973
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2019-244/1 10-lecture course-Discrete subgroups of lie groups, 1977
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2019-245/3 Publications and related materials, 1978-1979
Monodromy of hypergeometric function and non lattice integral monodromy, 1986, undated
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2019-245/5 Deligne and Mostow Monodromy, 1986
Monodromy of hypergeometric function and non lattice integral monodromy, typed manuscript, undated
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2019-245/3 Articles by other authors, 1990-1996
Conferences and events, 1968-2013, undated
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2019-245/4 Mostow and Kazhdan Bowdoin summer meeting, 1968
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2019-244/4 Mathematical Congress Issues: Overview + situation + lists of files, 1972-1990
Vancouver ICM: Choosing speakers-The battle, 1972-1974
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2019-244/4 1972
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2019-244/5 1973-1974
Helsinki ICM events and references, 1978-2008
Archive Mostow international congress reference: Martial law in Poland [2], 1979-1983
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2019-244/5 1979-1983
1979-1983
Berkeley ICM and related, 1982-1999
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2019-245/7 Lyon meeting, 1984
Mostow 60th birthday conference, 1984
Association for mathematics meeting in Atlanta, 1987-1988
Files for overview and various AMS Centennial events, 1987-1988
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2019-245/8 American Mathematics entering its second century Boston, 1987-1988
AMS centennial celebration meeting in Providence, 1988
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2019-245/6 Israel Gelfand 80th birthday conference, 1993
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2019-245/3 Materials related to World Mathematical Year, 1993-2000
Mostowfest at Yale, 2013
Colleagues, 1949-2010
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2019-245/4 Atle Selberg, 1949-2009
Armand Borel, 1958-2003
Tamagawa, 1961-1962
Hochschild, 1962-1984
Serre, 1966-1990
Robert Langlands, 1967-2019
Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro, 1968-2010
Margulis, 1972-2008
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2019-245/4 Mostow and Margulis, 1972-1978
The Works of Gregori Aleksandrovich Margulis, 1978
Miscellaneous Margulis materials, 1986-2008
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2019-245/5 Letters and lecture notes: Mostow and Margulis-Immigration, 1990-1992
Harish-Chandra, 1983-1993
Lecture, 1954-2013
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2019-244/1 Mendoza, Argentina lectures, 1954
List of Mostow lectures and speeches, 1954-2013
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2019-244/1 1954-2013
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2019-244/2 1954-2013
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2019-245/1 Lecture, 1957-1970
Lecture note: Seminar in Transformation Groups, 1958-1959
Lectures, 1970-1977
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2019-244/1 1970-1972
1973-1975
1977
Existence of a Nonarithmetic Lattice in SU, 1978
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2019-244/2 Lectures from Duluth, 1979
Lectures, 1980-1984
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2019-244/2 1980-1983
1983-1984
1984
Lectures and notes from Japan, 1985
Lectures, 1987-1995
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2019-244/2 1987-1989
1991-1993
1993-1995
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2019-245/3 Speech at the dedication of the new IAS mathematics building: Space, Time, Mathematics, 1993
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2019-244/3 Lectures, 1996-2013
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2019-245/2 Transparencies and notes for lecture Hyperbolic Geometry, undated
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2019-244/3 Lectures, undated
Awards, 1989-1993
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2019-245/2 Citations and corresponding materials, 1989-1995
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2019-245/3 Materials related to Wolf Prize, 1990-2013
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2019-245/6 Steel prize materials, 1993
Professional memberships, 1992-1993
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2019-023/1 Mostow as Academic Trustee Institute for Study, 1992-1993
Personal, 1935-2017
Memorials, 1935-2011, undated
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2019-244/3 Emmy Noether, 1935
Abraham Adrian Albert, 1974
Vannevar Bush, 1974
Abraham Robinson, 1974-1989
Harish Chandra, 1983-2000
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2019-244/4 Armand Borel, 1983-2004
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2019-244/3 Hermann Weyl, 1986-2002
Hassler Whitney, 1989
Dirac, 1989
Shimshon Amitsur, 1989-1996
Sophus Lie, 1992
Deane Montgomery, 1992
R.H. Bing, 1993
Lipman Bers, 1993-2001
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2019-244/4 Donald Coxeter, 1993-2006
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2019-244/3 Ramanujan, 1996
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2019-244/4 Jean Leray, 1998
Kenkichi Iwasawa, 1999
Nathan Jacobson, 1999-2000
Kakutani, 2004
Walter Feit, 2005
Shiing-Shen Chern, 2006-2011
Atle Selberg, 2008
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2019-244/3 Andre Well, 2009
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2019-244/4 Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro, 2009-2010
Hochschild, 2011
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2019-244/3 Descriptions of memorial materials, undated
Human rights materials, 1965-2001, undated
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2019-245/2 Copies: Human rights, 1965-1996
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2019-245/3 Human rights documents, 1965-2001
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2019-023/1 Human rights letters, 1976-2001
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2019-245/4 Mostow human rights documents: Committee on Human Rights [CHR] + others, 1976-2001
Background for the human rights of scientists, undated
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2019-023/1 Requests for recommendations, 1960-2017
USB flash drives, undated
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2019-244/1 Human rights, Math Congresses (ICM), lectures 1, lectures 2, undated
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2019-244/3 Memorials, undated
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2019-244/4 ICM, human rights, lectures 1 and 2, undated

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