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A Guide to the records at the Indiana University Archives
Processed by Nicole Mares
Electronic finding aid encoded by Nicole Mares
Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Euclidean Circle (Indiana University)
0.2 cubic feet
Materials are in English.
The Euclidean Circle, founded in 1907, was a social and intellectual club that focused on the study of mathematics. Both faculty and students could be members. This collection contains two series, Record books and Constitution, and includes meeting minutes and governing documents of the club.
This collection is open for research.
Advance notice is required.
The Euclidean Circle was formally established September, 30 1907. Its purpose was to promote mathematical studies and to foster social relationships among Indiana University mathematicians, with membership limited to faculty of the Mathematics Department and to students who had more than fifteen credit hours of work in the department. Early meetings were held on alternate Mondays at seven in the evening. The original officers included William A. Austen as President, Raymond L. Modesitt as Vice President, and Cora B. Hennel as Secretary. Gatherings over the years were frequently characterized by presentations on historical figures in mathematics, including Newton, and talks entitled “Mathematics, Wise or Otherwise,” and the “Theory of Finite Fields,” as well as performances by vocal and instrumental groups. The Euclidean Circle also took on many tasks, including, in its first year, 1907-08, the compilation a complete roster of Mathematics Department graduates with their professional histories. The group last appears in the 1944 Arbutus.
This collection is organized into two series: Record books and Constitution.
The Euclidean Circle records consist of two series, Record books and Constitution, and span the years from 1907-1942. The first series, Record books, consists of the proceedings of the Euclidean Circle. Records include meeting minutes, member rosters and attendance records, and constitutions of the club. Frequent presentations regarding mathematical topics are highlighted, though the minutes do not fully describe the contents of these lectures. The records were kept chronologically and span two bound journals.
The second series, Constitution, consists of materials related to the Euclidean Circle’s constitution. The first is a revised constitution from 1938, and following that is an amendment to Section two of the constitution regarding the assessment and payment of club dues.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.
Completed in 2004.