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Mission

The Archives of American Mathematics (AAM) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the records of American mathematicians and mathematical organizations for use by historians, mathematicians, educators, and others interested in the history and development of mathematics.


Contact the AAM
Carol Mead, Archivist
Archives of American Mathematics
The Dolph Briscoe Center
  for American History
The University of Texas  at Austin
2300 Red River St., Stop D1100
Austin TX, 78712-1426
(512) 495-4539
carolmead@austin.utexas.edu
Access to the Collections
Because many AAM collections are stored off-site and require at least three working days for retrieval, users should telephone or email the Reference Department to schedule an appointment to use them:
(512) 495-4532,  or cah.reference@austin.utexas.edu
 

University of Texas Professor R. L. Moore

University of Texas Professor R. L. Moore, from the R. L. Moore Papers

In 1978 the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) established the AAM as the official repository for its archival records and the name "Archives of American Mathematics" was adopted to cover all of the growing mathematical collections.

In 2003, the MAA and the Educational Advancement Foundation coordinated efforts to provide support for an archives dedicated to collecting and preserving mathematical papers and records.

History of the AAM

The inspiration for the Archives of American Mathematics began in 1975 at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center with the preservation of the papers of noted University of Texas mathematicians R. L. Moore and H. S. Vandiver, professors of mathematics at the university from 1920 to 1969 and 1925 to 1965, respectively. Moore's fourth doctoral student, R. L. Wilder, conceived the Moore Papers as the nucleus of a broader collection. Several of Moore's students subsequently donated their papers and, as the collection grew, papers of several other prominent American mathematicians were added.

University of Texas Professor H. S. Vandiver, from the H. S. Vandiver Papers