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Euclidean Circle (Indiana University) records, 1907-1942

A Guide to the records at the Indiana University Archives

Processed by Nicole Mares
Electronic finding aid encoded by Nicole Mares

Summary Information

Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Phone: 812-855-1127

Euclidean Circle (Indiana University)

Euclidean Circle (Indiana University) records, 1907-1942

Collection No.

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.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Advance notice is required.

Administrative History

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Accession 1168
Usage Restrictions
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University Archivist.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Euclidean Circle records, Collection C250, Indiana University Archives.
Processing Information
Processed by Nicole Mares.

Completed in 2004.

Series: Record books, 1907-1942 

Bound volume I, 1907-1928 

Bound volume II, 1928-1942 

Series: Constitution, 1938 

Constitution, 01 Nov. 1938 

Amendment to Section Two, undated