Department of Mathematics Records, 1918 -- 2009


Title: Department of Mathematics Records
Dates: 1918 -- 2009
Bulk Dates: 1996 -- 2005
Creator: Department of Mathematics
Call Number: UA157
Size: 6.5 Linear Feet, 6 boxes
Language(s): English  
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This collection is composed of course information and exams, as well as exam review materials, a textbook, and lists of textbooks.


This collection is organized in four series: Course information and exams by term; Exams by course; Review materials; and Textbooks.


Biographical / Historical

From the founding of the university, mathematics was a required part of the Tufts student curriculum; originally, freshmen were offered geometry, and sophomores were offered trigonometry, with upper-level electives available to upperclassmen. In 1861, under the Walker Endowment for Mathematics, the position of tutor was created, which was filled by Benjamin Graves Brown. In 1865, this position was expanded and Brown became the first endowed professor of the school, as the Walker Professor of Mathematics. By 1874, the department was a "two-man" team consisting of Brown and S.W. Sutton, the Walker Special Instructor in Mathematics.

Traditionally, the department has only offered degrees in pure mathematics, which is the study of mathematics for the sake of discovery. However in 2011, Arts and Sciences faculty had a unanimous vote to approve a new applied mathematics major to focus on real-world applications and problems, in part due to an increase of professors focusing in this area.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

University records are closed for 20 years from the date of their creation. Records older than 20 years that do not pertain to student education, staff and faculty employment and Board of Trustees records are open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is processed.

Custodial History

See also two folders out of the Liberal Arts Collection (39090011156847).

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Course information and exams by term, 1980 -- 2008

    This series consists of descriptions of mathematics course over time, as well as corresponding exam forms from these class.

  2. Exams by course, 1993 -- 2009

    This series consists of files of exams for mathematics courses.

  3. Review materials, 2000 -- 2008

    This series contains materials used for review of mathematic concepts in preparation for exams.

  4. Textbooks, 1918 -- 2000

    This series contains lists of textbooks used by the department and a sample of an early textbook.