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Guide to the Richard Courant Papers MC 150

New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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Collection processed by Katie Ehrlich. Additional processing and German translation by Ryan Dahn

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 18, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Jennifer E. Neal to incorporate materials being sent offsite in 2019 and for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , June 2019

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Administrative records and unpublished reports of New York University are closed for a period of 20 years from the date of their creation. Access to files spanning multiple years will be opened to researchers based on the date of the most recent materials. Board of Trustees records are closed for 35 years from the date of creation. Materials related to personnel, grievances, job and fellowship searches and applications, and all files that fall under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are permanently restricted. Additional restrictions may apply to other materials in this collection. For questions regarding specific restrictions, please contact the University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Richard Courant are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from repository. Please contact New York University Archives,

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; The Richard Courant Papers; MC 150; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

Maps depicting World War I trenches and earth telegraph testing grounds have been relocated to oversize flat storage. Documents including Courant's educational certificates as well as the certificate for the Military Merit Cross Courant received in 1916 were moved to Box 96. An issue of the newspaper Die Rote Fahne was also removed to flat file storage. See folder-level notes for original location of these materials.

Photos of the IMS offices at 25 Waverly Place have been moved to the photo collection.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contained a large amount of typed correspondence printed on extremely brittle paper. In most cases, preservation photocopies replace the originals, which were discarded except when they contained signficant handwritten marks.

There are four German copies of Methods of Mathematical Physics Vol. II in the collection. They are all printed on brittle paper. An access copy of the book was made from the only complete copy of the book in the collection. Two copies are annotated and all annotations have been copied and made available to researchers. A fourth copy, incomplete and without annotations, was not copied. The originals have been restricted for preservation purposes. The copies and originals are housed in Boxes 61-63, including a box numbered 62b.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Richard Courant and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Accession numbers associated with this collection are 97.010 and 97.010.

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2018 are unknown. In 2019 the small plaque depciting Frederich Leo was rehoused by Preservation and sent offsite.