University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Saunders Mac Lane Papers, 1967-1979

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mac Lane, Saunders, 1909-
Title: Saunders Mac Lane Papers,
Dates: 1967-1979
Abstract: Mathematician Saunders Mac Lane (1909-) was a co-creator of category theory and also worked with homological algebra and the categorical foundations of mathematics. This collection consists of correspondence, agendas, minutes and reports related to Saunders Mac Lane's presidency (1973-1974) of the American Mathematical Society and his work with the Joint Projects Committee for Mathematics.
Accession No.: 86-10
Extent: 4 ft., 3 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Mathematician Saunders Mac Lane (1909-) was a co-creator of category theory and also worked with homological algebra and the categorical foundations of mathematics. After earning his undergraduate degree from Yale in 1930, Mac Lane studied at the University of Chicago under E. H. Moore and then went to the University of Göttingen in Germany, earning his degree under I. Paul Bernays and Hermann Weyl in 1933, and returning to the United States. Mac Lane worked in the Applied Mathematics Groups at Columbia during World War II, held posts at Yale, Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Chicago, and advised 39 doctoral candidates. Mac Lane was the president of the American Mathematical Society from 1973-1974, among other prestigious posts. Professor Mac Lane is currently the Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Chicago.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, agendas, minutes and reports related to Saunders Mac Lane's presidency (1973-1974) of the American Mathematical Society and his work with the Joint Projects Committee for Mathematics. The materials are organized in Mac Lane's original alphabetical filing system.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Mac Lane, Saunders, 1909-
American Mathematical Society
Joint Projects Committee for Mathematics

Administrative Information

Collection History

Before 1984, this collection was held by the University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

Preferred Citation

Saunders Mac Lane Papers, 1967-1979, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers


American Mathematical Society:

86-10/1 Alder, Henry L., February 1973-April 1974
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), January 1973-January 1975
Associate secretaries, April 1973 and undated
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), newsletters and correspondence, 1971-1975 and undated
Bateman, Paul T., May 1974-April 1975
Bers, Lipman, January 1974-August 1975 and undated
Black Graduate Center, 1967-1974 and undated
Budget, 1971
Building committee, April 1972-November 1973
Business meetings:
January 1975
August 1975
Bylaws, 1971-1973
CAFTES, (Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Employment Security), 1974-1976
Casey, Lillian R., February 1973-October 1974
CBMS (Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences):
"CBMS 1973," 1971-1974
86-10/2 "CBMS 1974," April-October 1974
Monographs, 1974
CCMJ (Contents of Contemporary Mathematical Journals), December 1973-July 1974
Colloquium lectures, August 1971-May 1974
COMM-COMM, (Committee to Monitor Problems in Communication and Committee on Committees), April 1973-January 1976
Committee members proposed, November 1973-December 1974
Committee on Emergency Employment, May 1974-November 1975 and undated
Committee of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), 1974-1976
Committee on Teaching Loads and Class Size, May-September 1974
Committees [note, some committees are listed alphabetically in the general AMS files. Mac Lane's original organization has been maintained]:
General, 1974-1975
AMS/SIAM [Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics] Committee on Applied Mathematics, December 1973-November 1974
Bôcher prize, July 1973
Committee on Budgeting Procedures and Cost Effectiveness, November 1974
Committee on Dismissed Mathematicians, 1971-1974
Committee on Establishing an Expository Journal, 1973-1974 and undated
Indices, September-October 1973
Committee on Mathematics in the Life Sciences, November 1973
Committee on Meetings, 1973-1974
Committee on Notices Editorial Policy, December 1974-January 1975
Overhead question, August 6, 1973
Secretarial services, July-August 1973
Committee to Select Hour Speakers, November-December 1973
Summer Institutes, Committee on, May 1974
Teaching of college mathematics, [Joint Committee on the Training of Graduate Students to Teach], 1972-1974
Two-Year Colleges, Joint Committee on the Employment of Mathematicians in, 1973-1975 and undated
Wiener Prize, Committee to Select the Winner of the, December 1974
Women, [Joint Committee on Women in Mathematics], December 1973-November 1974
Computer, Palais-Schwartz report, 1973
86-10/3 CSSP, [Committee of Scientific Society Presidents]:
June 1973
September 1973-April 1975
"October 1973," June-October 1973
"May 1974," November 1973-May 1974
Energy study, October 1973
Congress, [International Congress of Mathematics], May-September 1974
Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, International, January-March 1975
Dues, February-November 1972
Durst, Lincoln K., 1971-1974
Employment and Educational Policy, Committee on (CEEP):
General, 1973-1975
Manpower papers, [by R. D. Anderson], 1972 and undated
Teaching load information, 1973
Minutes for CEEP, 1973
"January 1972-March 1973," 1974-1975
April 1973
Duren, W. L., April-May 1972
Employment register:
General, August 1973-November 1974
Employment opportunities, 1973 and undated
Essay on program, 1973
Executive director, June-July 1974
Executive director's report, 1972, 1974
86-10/4 Executive committee/trustees, June 1973 meeting, 1973
Executive committee (EXCO 1975), 1974-1975
Finance committee, September 1974-January 1975
Jacobson letters on fellowship idea, October 1972-January 1973
Government Relations, Committee on:
Part one, 1971-1974
Part two, 1971-1975
Reports, August 1973 and undated
Summary memo, undated
Research institute, May-June 1974
[Various], Hewitt, Edwin; hour lectures; IMP [Index of Mathematical Papers]; institute dues; invited addresses; Jacobs, Donna M., 1973-1975
Joint committees, AMS & MAA [precursor to the JPCM, see JPCM series for more material]:
General, 1972-1974 and undated
Ballot on changes to JPCM draft, 1973
Completed assignments [?], April 1973
June 1973 meeting, April-June 1973
86-10/5 June 1973 position papers, April-May 1973
Joint letter '73 [?], July 1973-Febraury 1974 and undated
August 1973 meeting, March-August 1973
August minutes, August 19, 1973
October 1973 meeting, August-October 1973
October report, October [1973?]
New preamble, November 26-27, 1973
SIAM, [Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics], November 1973-January 1974
"January 1974," December 1973-January 1974 and undated
March meeting, February-March 1974
JPCM report, draft, April 1974 and undated
[Reports], 1973-1974 and undated
"The Health of Mathematics," undated
Bulletin, 1972-1973
Mathematical Reviews [see also Mathematical Reviews below, Mac Lane's original filing system separated these files into two sections]:
1972-1975 and undated
International mathematics abstracts and other correspondence, 1972-1973 and undated
SIAM/AMS Committee on Reviewing and Abstracting, 1973
Index of Mathematical Papers (IMP) vs. Index of MR, July 26, 1973
Privileged, 1974 and undated
Composition, November-December 1974
Mathematics of Computation, 1973-1974
Proceedings, 1972-1974
Transactions, 1972-1975
Legal Aid, Committee on, 1972, 1974 and undated
Martin, W. T. [Treasurer], February-July 1973
Mathematical Models as Used in Government Policy Decisions, Committee on, [printed material, notes and correspondence], 1972-1975 and undated
Mathematicians Action Group (MAG), newsletters and correspondence, 1973-1975 and undated
86-10/6 Mathematical Reviews [see alsoMathematical Reviews above, under Journals]:
General, December 1974-October 1975 and undated
For December Trustees meeting, October-November 1974 and undated
Springer, 1973
Crisis Committee, April 1972-June 1973 and undated
Committee on, 1973-1975
[Registration], 1970-1973
MAA costs, June-August 1971
National Awards, Committee on, 1971-1975 and undated
National Information Systems in the Mathematical Sciences (NISMS), 1972
Nominating Committee, 1972-1974
Other societies, 1970-1973 and undated
Peterson, F. P., December 1973-August 1974
PEP [Pensions for Professionals], May-August 1974
Political reasons, [Committee on Dismissed Mathematicians, aka Committee on Mathematicians Dismissed for Political Reasons]:
General, 1970-1972 and undated
Dwight M. Paine, January-April 1972
86-10/7 Papadopolous, October 1971-May 1972 and undated
Pitcher, Everett:
Alice Sturgis, parliamentarian, November 1973
President's report, 1973-1974
Principles and Procedures Committee, May-July 1975
Prizes, January 1973
Protter, Murray, December 1973-November 1974
Reciprocity, January-October 1974
Research announcements, March 1970-March 1974
Reviews, journal, SIAM/AMS, 1973-1974
Russian rights, September 1973-August 1974
Russian translations:
Joint AMS/IMS committee, December 1974
Trustees ad hoc committee, December 1974-January 1975
Science Policy Committee, December 1974
SIAM/SIMS [Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics/SIAM Institute for Mathematics and Society]:
General, 1971-1974
C. C. Lin, 1973
"Sopka 1976," 1972-1975
Solicitation of members, 1972-1974 and undated
86-10/8 Special session on category theory, November 1975 meeting, April-November 1975 and undated
Springer negotiations, 1973
Summer institute / Tamari, Dov [appear to be separate topics, filed together], 1971-1974
General, January 1974-January 1975 and undated
Trustees committee, [see also: Russian translations], 1975
Treasurer (new), April-July 1973
By mail, 1974
Walker, Gordon:
Confidential, April-November 1973


Joint Projects Committee for Mathematics (JPCM):

86-10/8 General:
"1975," 1974-1975
"1977-1978," 1976-1978
"1979," November 27, 1978
Annual reports, 1976-1978
86-10/9 CBMS [Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences] projects, February-September 1977
Congressional fellow in mathematics:
Applicants, February-May 1977 and undated
"1975" [alphabetical by correspondent], 1975-1976
Truman Botts, 1977-1979
Major advances, 1977-1978 and undated
Mansfield amendment, November 11, 1976
Mathematics in government, 1976-1978 and undated
Members, 1976-1978 and undated
San Antonio (January 24, 1976):
January-March 1976
Meeting packet, January 1976
O'Hare (October 29, 1976):
October-November 1976
86-10/10 Meeting packet, October 1976
New York (October 1, 1977), 1974-1977
Atlanta (January 7, 1978), December 1977-January 1978
Wisconsin (May 24, 1978), May-June 1978
Memos, minutes and notes, 1976
Movies, November 1977-January 1978 and undated
Publicity, October 1977
Regional colloquia, October 1977-January 1978 and undated
Roselle, David P., October 1976
Structure of the mathematical profession, February-November 1976
Thermonuclear energy, 1975-1978
Mini-study [aka essay project, Mathematics Today]:
Grant, March 1977
Topics, etc., [notes, printed material and correspondence], 1971-1976 and undated
86-10/11 Schwartz essay, 1977
Schwartz/Mac Lane, 1976
Browder/Mac Lane, relevance, August-October
Steen essay, 1977-1978
Publisher, March-October 1977 and undated
Mathematics Today symposium, AAAS [American Association for the Advancement of Science], Houston meeting, February-November 1978
Biloxi, AMS meeting, Mathematics Today session, April-October 1978