Descriptive Summary
Cheney, E. W. (Elliott Ward),
1929-
E. W. Cheney
Papers
1933-2005
Materials are
written in English.
2006-091, 2015-028
3 ft., 11 in.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American
History, The University of Texas at
Austin
Elliott Ward Cheney was
a professor of mathematics at Iowa State University and the University of
California Los Angeles before joining the Department of Mathematics at The
University of Texas at Austin in 1964 where he taught until his retirement in
the Spring of 2005. Correspondence, course notes, and lecture files make up the
bulk of this collection.
Biographical Note
Elliott Ward Cheney was a professor of
mathematics at Iowa State University and the University of California Los
Angeles before joining the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas
at Austin in 1964 where he taught until his retirement in the Spring of 2005.
He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in 1951 and received his Ph.D.
from the University of Kansas in 1957 with the thesis “On Gauge Functions.”
Dr. Cheney worked primarily in approximation theory. He has authored or edited
numerous publications, including

Introduction to Approximation Theory,
Numerical Mathematics and Computing (with D.
R. Kincaid),
Approximation Theory in Tensor Product
Spaces (with W. A. Light),
Approximation Theory III, and
Approximation Theory IV.
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, course notes, and lecture
files make up the bulk of this collection.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

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

Preferred Citation
E. W. Cheney Papers, 1933-2005, Archives
of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas
at Austin.

Index Terms
Cheney, E. W. (Elliott Ward),
1929-
University of Texas at Austin. Dept. of
Mathematics
Approximation theory
Functional analysis
Numerical analysis
Detailed Description of the Papers
Correspondence:
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Jilin University lectures [includes supplemental materials
1991-1984 and undated
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Assorted,
1978, 1990, 2005
Works by Cheney:
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Approximation in Tensor Product
Space:
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TEX file for first book with Light,
undated
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Notes on book [includes correspondence and mathematical
notes],
1984-1986 and undated
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Rivlin [referee file, “Some Numerical Experiments in the
Theory of Polynomial Interpolation”],
1965
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Thesis notes [“On Gauge Functions”],
1950-1955
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Draft copies of articles,undated
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Reports for Space Technology Laboratories,1960
Lectures:
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Five lectures on the algorithmic aspects of approximation
theory,
1962 and undated
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Lectures at Jilin University,
July 1984
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Colloquium talks,
1960-1961
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Approximation theory lectures,
August 1963
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Approximation seminar,
1968-1970 and undated
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Approximation seminar [II],
1983
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Edmonton lectures,
1986 and undated
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Gregory lectures,
1989 and undated
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Lecture in Fargo [overhead projector transparencies],
May 11, 1990
Consultantships:
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Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories,1962
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Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California,1962
Course notes:
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Approximation theory:
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Math 253 [lecture notes],1963
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Math / CS 393D,
1992-1993
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New version,
1992-1994
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Approximation course additional material,
1974, 1999
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Math 393D,
1991
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Introduction to Approximation Theory [reviewer’s copy of
textbook],1965
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Functional analysis:
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Fall 1967-68,
1967
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Spring 1968,
1968
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[Math 686a],
1967-1968
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Numerical analysis:
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Introduction to Constructive Methods of Mathematical
Analysis [proof copy of lecture notes],1963
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Basic Numerical Analysis [preliminary version of
textbook for Math 348],
1975
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Introductory Numerical Analysis,
1968
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Numerical analysis [approximation],
1970
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Fall 1983,
1983
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Math / CS 368K,
1983
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Math / Comp Sci. 368K,
1986
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Numerical Solution of Differential Equations [Math 386K
1985
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Real analysis:
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Math 388L,
September 10, 1965
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Math 681C,
1972
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Kelley [Modern Algebra – Math 304, Topology and Functional
Analysis],
1952-1953
University of Texas at Austin:
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Math Department history,
1965-1993
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Math Department troubles,
1965-1971
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Department of Mathematics personnel,
1965-1972, 1986-1996 and undated
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Library proposal [to establish departmental library],
1962-1970 and undated
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“Catalog of Mathematical Serials, University of Texas
Library,”
January 10, 1965
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Library matters,
1965-1978 and undated
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11th Annual Conference on Approximation Theory,
May 18-23, 2004
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Schoenberg [includes correspondence, reprints, and
photocopied articles],
1933-1970, 1988
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Archives of American Mathematics [includes correspondence,
finding aids, and Cheney’s curriculum vitae],
1965, 1979-1993, 2004-2005
Works by others:
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Historical only [reprints],
1933-1942, 1957-1965, 1977 and
undated
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P. R. Halmos, “Positive Approximants of Operators,”
undated
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Barry Boehm, “Existence, Characterization, and Convergence of
Best Rational Tchebycheff Approximations” [Project Rand],1964
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Reprints:
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Barry Boehm,
1964-1965
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Steve Smale,
1979-1986
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A. Talbot,
1970-1979
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J. L. Walsh,
1952, 1964
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Assorted,
1941-1968 and undated
3W111
Microfilm,
undated
3W111
Three research reports from Stanford [microfiche],
undated
Personal materials:
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Curriculum Vitae,
undated