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Guide to the Richard Courant Papers MC 150

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Collection processed by Katie Ehrlich. Additional processing and German translation by Ryan Dahn

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 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

Container List

Series I: Files from the Home of Ernst Courant, 1907-1969

Scope and Contents

Series I contains the earliest material in the collection and is mostly correspondence. The bulk of the series spans the years 1900-1940, covering Courant's time as a young student to his immigration to the U.S., but also includes files from around the time of his death. The series contains materials on Courant's schooling in Germany, including diplomas, certificates and records of his coursework as well as documents from his time in the German Army during World War I. These include trench maps and a certificate for a war service medal. Much of the series consists of correspondence with colleagues at the University of Göttingen, their articles and dissertations. The letters pertain to mathematics at Göttingen, the effects of the Nazi regime on academia and mathematics and other personal matters. Courant's move from Germany to the U.S. is also documented in this series.

Some material in Series I was used by Courant biographer Constance Reid. This is indicated by folder-level notes.

Subseries A: Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Materials related to Courant's schooling, 1905-1910; incl. Courant's certificate from completion from gymnasium (secondary school) in Breslau, materials related to his studies at the gymnasium and various universities he attended, such as Zürich and Göttingen.

ca. 1904-1907
Box: 1 Folder : 2 (Official) Correspondence (with Prussian Education Ministry)

Scope and Contents

Includes official patent allowing Courant to use the title "Professor," dated January 8, 1918, and correspondence to/from the Prussian Ministry of Science, Art, and National Education, 1920-1921 re: Courant's appointments at Münster and Göttingen.

1918, 1920-1921
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence with Harald Bohr
1930-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence

General

Includes correspondence with E.M. Wright, Nina Courant (and children), Herbert Busemann, Willy Feller, Otto Neugebauer, Franz Rellich, Carl Siegel, Max Dehn, Fritz John, Karl Friedrichs (father of K. O. Friedrichs), Erwin Schoedinger, Anna Essinger, James Franck, Adriaan Fokker, Friedrich "Fritz" Courant, and Hans Bolza

1933
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Carl Siegel, Louis J. Mordell, Erich Bessel-Hagen, Wilhelm Cauer, Hermann Thiersch, Adolf Windaus, Ferdinand Springer

1933
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Carl Still, Käthe Hilbert, Gaston Julia, Helmut Ulm, Nellie Friedrichs

1920, 1937, 1946-1947, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with William Feller, Werner Fenchel, Otto Neugebauer

1934
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence--50th Birthday

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Otto Neugebauer, Carl Siegel, Max Dehn, Ernst Hellinger, Paul Epstein, Harald Bohr, Niels Bohr, Werner Fenchel, Jakob Nielsen, Niels Norlund, Emil and Natascha Artin, Edmund Landau, William Feller, Carl Still, Issai Schur

1937-1938
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Wilbur Tisdale, Max Dehn, James Franck, Ferdinand Springer, Harald Bohr, Otto Blumenthal, Bela Kerekjarto, copy of a 1934 letter from Gustav Doetsch to Erhard Tornier, materials dealing with Courant's exemption from the emigration tax,

1932-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1966-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence--80th Birthday
1968
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence re: "the aunts"

Scope and Contents

Contains letters about Courant's aunts (from his wife's family) who remained in Germany during World War II

1948
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence on Germany

Scope and Contents

Correspondence about Germany after 1946, including long letter from Courant's brother-in-law, Wilhelm Runge about Germany directly after WWII as well as incomplete letter from B. L. van der Waerden

1946
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence ("for Nina")

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Carl Siegel, Pavel Alexandroff & others, including son-in-law Jürgen Moser

1948, 1966-1967
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence: A

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Pavel Alexandroff, R. C. Archibald, the German Automobile Association, and others

1931-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence: A-F

Scope and Contents

Correspondence used by Constance Reid in her Courant biography, including letters organizing Courant's stay at Cambridge in 1934, as well as several letters from future Nazi Wilhelm Blaschke

1934
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence: A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to/from Academic Assistance Council, Pavel Alexandroff, Bruno Amerant, American Mathematical Society, Martha Anderson and R.C. Archibald.

1934-1937
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence: A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to/from N.M. Basu, Lulu von Bechtolsheim, Winthrop Bell and Ilse Benfey

1934-1937
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence: A-B

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Correspondence to/from Peter Gabriel Bermann, Arnold Berliner, L. Berwald, Abram Besicovitch, Eric Bessel-Hagen, Albert Betz, George Birkoff, Wilhelm Blaschke, Otto Blumenthal, Arthur Boehm and F. Bohnenblust

1934-1937
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence: A-B

Scope and Contents

Corresondence to/from Harald Bohr, Niels Bohr, Hans Bolza, Alfred Brauer and Richard Brauer

1934-1937
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence: A-B

Scope and Contents

Misc. correspondence

1934-1937
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence: B (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Nellie Bruell (wife of K.O. Friedrichs) and her father re: Friedrichs and Bruell's emigration to the United States, 1936

1934-1936
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence: B (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Herbert Busemann, Max Born, and Hedi Born

1934-1936
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence: A-B

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Includes copies of outgoing correspondence to Richard Brauer and Herbert Busemann (see Box 2, Folders 5 and 7 for originals)

1935
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence: A-E (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Emil Artin, Erich Bessel-Hagen, Herbert Beyer (Courant's lawyer in Germany during the 1930s), and Harald Bohr

1937-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence: A-E (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Niels (& Margrethe) Bohr, Hans Bolza, Herbert Busemann, Jesse Douglas, Albert Einstein

1937-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence: A-G (1 of 2)

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Includes correspondence with Hel Braun, Vannevar Bush, and K.O. Friedrichs

1960-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Correspondence: A-G (2 of 2)

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Includes correspondence with Aage Bohr (son of Niels Bohr), Margrethe Bohr (wife of Niels Bohr), Max Born, Pavel Alexandroff, Hedi Born, Heinrich Behnke, and the Atomic Energy Commission re: Fermi Award

1960-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Correspondence: B (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Wilhelm Blaschke, Otto Blumenthal, and Hans Bolza

1930-1933
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Correspondence: B (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Fritz Baade, Reinhold Baer, Heinrich Behnke, Winthrop Bell, University of California, Berkeley re: Courant teaching there summer 1932, Paul Bernays, Felix Bernstein, Sergei Bernstein, Abram Besicovitch, Erich Bessel-Hagen, and Ludwig Bieberbach

1930-1933
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence: B (3 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Max and Hedi Born, Alfred Brauer, Richard Brauer, Alfred Busemann, Herbert Busemann, and Vannevar Bush

1930-1933
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Benfey, Ilse
1934-1935
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Bernays, Paul
1934-1936
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Beyer, Herbert - Göttingen

Scope and Contents

Includes materials dealing with compensation from the German government for Courant's wrongful termination from the University of Göttingen in 1933

1956
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Blackie & Son
1933-1944
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Blackie & Son
1933-1944
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Blackie & Son
1933-1944
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Blackie & Son
1955-1968
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Blake, Whitney (see "Oxford University Press")
1961-1967
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Blumenthal, Otto
1934-1935
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Bohr, Harald

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid

1933-1934
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Bohr, Harald

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Harald Bohr as well as a copy of Bohr's 1934 article (in Danish) from the "Berlingske Akten" criticizing Ludwig Bieberbach's attempts to "Aryanize" German mathematics.

1933-1935
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Born, Max and Heidi
1937-1940
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Correspondence: C

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Constantin Caratheodory, Wilhelm Cauer, Stefan Cohn-Vossen, and Harald Cramer

1929-1936, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with J.R. Carson (Bell Laboratories), Walter Cahn, and Courant's cousin Erich Courant

1934-1936
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Correspondence: C-G

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Includes correspondence with son Ernst, brother Fritz and mother Martha Courant as well as Hans Reich, Arthur Boehm, and Harald Cramer. Contains a copy of Martha Courant's last will and testament.

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Harold Davenport, Max and Helmut Dehn, communication with UC Berkeley re: possible appointment there in 1934, Courant's official letter of resignation from the Deutsche Mathematische Vereinigung (German Mathematical Society), and correspondence with the University of Göttingen re: Courant's pension after his forced retirement

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Gustav Doetsch, Jesse Douglas, Arnold Dresden, as well as official correspondence with the Landesfinanzamt Hannover re: Courant's bank accounts and money in Germany

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with relatives such as "Gerta," "Rose," "Dolly," and "Ursula," as well as correspondence with Heinrich Düker, G. Waldo Dunnington, and Albert Einstein

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with William Feller

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Werner Fenchel, Gustav Fischer Publishers, Donald Flanders, and Abraham Flexner

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with William Flexner, Wilhelm Flügge, and Abraham Fraenkel

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Hermann Fränkel and K.O. Friedrichs

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Correspondence: C-G

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Includes correspondence with the American consul in Hamburg re: immigration visa for Ilse Benfey and communication with German Consulate General in New York

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence: C-G

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Includes correspondence with Georges Giraud, Henry Goldman (of Goldman Sachs), Sydney Goldstein, Maria Goeppert-Meyer

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Correspondence: C-G

Scope and Contents

Includes corresondence with Emil Julius Gumbel and Albert Einstein

1934-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Courant Family

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Nina Courant, Courant's children, and other family members

1967-1971
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Courant, Fritz
1936-1939
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Courant, Fritz
1936-1939
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Courant, Fritz
1940-1943
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Courant, Fritz
1940-1943
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Courant, Fritz - Illness

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with doctors in America and Brazil re: Fritz Courant's illness and death

1939-1944
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Correspondence: D

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Gustav Doetsch and Jesse Douglas

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Deutsch, Monroe (Berkeley)

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Monroe Deutsch, Vice President of Berkeley, re: possible appointment there for Courant in 1934

1933-1934
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Divorce

Scope and Contents

Materials relating to Courant's divorce from his first wife, Nelly Neumann in 1916. Includes a 1930s copy of Courant's official divorce certificate from 1916, as well as correspondence with Nelly Neumann and Max Neumann, Nelly's father.

1915-1916
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Correspondence: E

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Includes correspondence with Dmitri Egorov re: Moscow Mathematical Society, Paul Ehrenfest, Theodor Estermann, and Arnold Eucken

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Correspondence: F to L

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Abraham Flexner, Abraham Fraenkel, Felix Frankfurter, Kurt Friedrichs, Jakob Goldschmidt, Kurt Grelling, Gustav Hertz and Fritz John. This folder includes a list of professors dismissed from Göttingen in 1933.

1937-1941
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Correspondence: F to L

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to/from Theodor von Karman, Max von Laue, Solomon Lefschetz, Hans Lewy, Tullio Levi-Civita, and Rudolf Lüneburg.

1937-1941
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Gaston Julia and Max Born (in his official position as dean of the mathematics and physics faculty at Göttingen)

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with William Feller and Werner Fenchel

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Abraham Flexner

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Hans Freudenthal, K.O. Friedrichs, Paul Funk, and Harald Geppert

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with the Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Georges Giraud, Victor M. Goldschimdt, Jakob Goldschmidt, Maria Goeppert-Meyer, Walter de Gruyter Verlag, Jacques Hadamard, Hans Hahn, Kurt Hahn

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

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Includes correspondence with G. H. Hardy, Helmut Hasse, and Otto Haupt re: translation of mathematical works

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Einar Hille, Ernst Hellinger, Werner von Hentig, Gustav Herglotz, and Gustav Hertz

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with David Hilbert, George de Hevesy, and Eberhard Hopf

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Fakultät to Julia

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Heinz Hopf

1929-1933
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Federal Reserve Bank

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Fritz Courant and the Federal Reserve Bank re: money transfers to Fritz Courant in Brazil during World War II

1941-1944
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Flexner, Abraham

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid.

1933-1934
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Correspondence: Flexner, Abraham
1934-1935
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Correspondence: Fragner, Adolf
1938-1940
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Correspondence: Franck, James
1931-1939, 1954-1956, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Franck, James

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid.

1933-1934
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Franck to M

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid, includes correspondence with Louis J. Mordell, Erwin Madelung, Rudolf Lüneburg, Hans Lewy, Heinz Hopf, Kurt Hahn, and Hilda Geiringer

1934
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Friedrichs, K.O. (use copies)
1934-1935
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Hasse, Helmut

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid.

1933-1934
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Correspondence: H-K

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Otto Hahn, Paul Peter Ewald, Stefan Hildebrandt, and Heinz Hopf

1961-1969
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Kamlah to Muntz

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Theodor von Karman, Oliver Kellogg, David Hilbert, and Hellmuth Kneser

1929-1933
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Kamlah to Muntz

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Rudolf Ladenburg, Edmund and Marianne Landau, son Mattias, Solomon Lefschetz, Derrick Henry Lehmer, Tuillio Levi-Civita, Hans Lewy, and Leon Lichtenstein

1926-1933
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Kamlah to Muntz

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Konrad Knopp, Andrey Kolmogorov, Denes Konig (including rough draft of forward to Konig's book Theorie der endlichen und unendlichen Graphen), Richard Konig, Gottfried Koethe, Nikolay Krylov, Robert Kuczynski, Erica Kueppers, and Justus Valentiner, Kurator of the University of Göttingen

1929-1933
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Kamlah to Muntz

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Frederick Lindemann, Edward Hubert Linfoot, John Edensor Littlewood, Rudolf Lüneburg, Wilhelm Magnus, Kurt Mahler, and Heinz Maier-Leibniz, as well as a copy of the introduction to the English translation of Courant's lectures on differential and integral calculus

1929-1933
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Kamlah to Muntz

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Includes correspondence with Hermann Francis Mark, Max Mason (President of the Rockefeller Foundation), Maria Goeppert-Mayer, and the Prussian Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Kunst, und Volksbildung (government agency responsible for German universities)

1929-1933
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Kamlah to Muntz

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Includes correspondence with Guste Minkowski (wife of Hermann Minkowski), Richard Mises, Louis J. Mordell, Marston Morse, C. Herman Müntz, as well as a letter from George Minot to David Hilbert re: treatments for Hilbert's illness

1929-1933
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Knesner, Hellmuth

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid.

1933
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Correspondence: L to Q

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Saunders Mac Lane, Mikhail Lavrentyev, Gury Marchuk, Wilhelm Magnus, Frederick Seitz, Olga Oleinik, and William Prager

1961-1969, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Mader to Zollamt

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Bartel van der Waerden, Hermann Weyl, Richard von Mises, Paul Oppenheim, Alexander Ostrowski, Justus Valentiner, Kurator of the University of Göttingen, Arnold Berliner (editor of Die Naturwissenschaften), the Prussian Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Kunst, und Volksbildung, and the Notgemeinschaft der Deutschen Wissenschaft (Emergency Association for German Science)

1927
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Mader to Zollamt

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Salvatore Pincherle, Robert Pohl, George Polya, Ludwig Prandtl, Georg Prange, Tibor Rado, Kurt Reidemeister, Albrecht Renner, Walther Rosemann, Arthur Rosenthal, Horst von Sanden (with Otto Blumenthal), Arnold Sommerfeld, Andreas Speiser, as well as correspondence with the Prussian Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Kunst, und Volksbildung re: construction of new Mathematical Institute using funds from the Rockefeller Institute, and materials relating to the death of Carl Runge (Courant's father-in-law), including last will and testament

1927
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Correspondence: Mader to Zollamt

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Karl Scheel, Ludwig Schlesinger, Jan Arnoldus Schouten, Otto Schreier, Erwin Schrödinger, Elsa Schwarzschild (widow of Karl Schwarzschild), Edith Stein, Julius Stenzel, Wolfgang Sternberg, Carl and Hanna Still, Otto Toeplitz, and Justus Valentiner, Kurator of the University of Göttingen

1927
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Correspondence: Mader to Zollamt

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Includes correspondence with Alwin Walther, Andre Weil, William M. Whyburn, Eugene Wigner, Alexander Witting, as well as correspondence with the Prussian Ministry of Science, Art, and National Culture re: Courant's recommendations for professorial appointments at other German universities. Also includes a letter from E.L. Weatherburn to David Hilbert.

1927
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Correspondence: M to N (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Erwin Schrödinger, Anton E. Mayer, Ludwig von Mises, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Marston Morse, Chaim Muentz, and Otto Neugebauer

1937-1939
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Correspondence: M to N (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with John von Neumann, Otto Neurath (re: International Institute for the Unity of Science), Jakob Nielsen, Gottfried Noether, Herman Nohl, and the Notgemeinschaft deutscher Wissenschaftler im Ausland (Emergency Society for German Scientists in Foreign Countries)

1937-1939
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Nagumo to Reichsverband

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Arnold Berliner (as editor of Die Naturwissenschaften), Otto Neugebauer, John von Neumann, Rolf Nevanlinna, Max H. A. Newman, Jakob Nielsen, Charles Albert Noble, Emmy Noether, Bruno Jung (mayor of Göttingen), Alexander Ostrowski, Wolfgang Pauli, Nikolaus Pevsner, Mauro Picone, Robert Pohl, Hilda Geiringer (under married name Hilda Pollaczek), George Polya, William Prager, Ludwig Prandtl, Georg Prange, Alfred Pringsheim, Hans Rademacher, Tibor Rado, and Hans Reichenbach

1929-1933
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Nagumo to Reichsverband
1929-1933
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Correspondence: "Nelli" [Nelly Neumann]

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence between Courant and Nelly Neumann post-divorce re: division of assets, legal documents pertaining to the divorce and legal bills from Courant's lawyer.

1915-1916
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Correspondence: N to Z

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid. Includes correspondence with George Polya, William Prager, Kurt Reidemeister, Erich Rothe, Dolli Schoenberg, Wolfgang Sternberg, Carl and Hanna Still, Hermann Thiersch, Max Wertheimer, and Edmund T. Whittaker

1934
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Newman, M.H.A.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Max H.A. Newman re: Courant's one-year appointment at Cambridge in 1933-1934

1933-1934
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Correspondence: O to R

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Erwin Panofsky, Wolfgang Panofsky, Victor and Susanna Paschkis, Helene and Max Pick, Hilde Pick, Marcello Pirani, William Prager, Ludwig Prandtl, Hans Rademacher, and Tibor Rado

1937-1940
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Correspondence: O to R

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Franz Rellich, Werner Richter, Herbert Robbins, Arthur Rosenthal, Erich Rothe, Iris Runge, and Wilhelm Runge

1937-1940
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Re to Sel

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Kurt Reidemeister (including a copy of the forward to his book on the foundations of geometry), R.G.D. Richardson, Howard Percy Robertson, Arthur Rosenthal, the rector of the Unviersity of Göttingen, as well as documents relating to Franz Rellich's Habilitation

1929-1933
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Re to Sel

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Erich Rothe, mother-in-law Aimee Runge, sisters-in-law Aimee Luisa and Ella Runge, and brother-in-law Wilhelm Runge, Erich Salkowski, Horst von Sanden

1929-1933
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Correspondence: R to Z

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Constance Reid, Herbert Robbins, Wilhelm Runge, sister-in-law Iris Runge, Carl Siegel, Marianne Still (daughter-in-law of Carl Still), Lewis Strauss, F.K. Schmidt, Edward Teller, Hannah Vogt, Warren Weaver, Gian Carlo Wick, Margaret Wiener (wife of Norbert Wiener)

1961-1969
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Rellich, Franz

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Franz and Brigitte Rellich, Alwin Walther, and Erich Hecke

1947-1954, 1963-1966
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Sen to Sch

Separated Materials

Includes correspondence with Carl Siegel, Arnold Sommerfeld, Pauline Sperry, and Leo Spitzer

1929-1933
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Sen to Sch

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Otto Szasz, Gabor Szego, Julius Schrauder, Ludwig Schlesinger, F.K. Schmidt, Otto Schmidt, Abram Ioffe, Lev Schnirelman, Isaac Schoenberg, Jan Arnoldus Schouten, Erwin Schrödinger, Issai Schur, and Hans Schwerdtfeger

1929-1933
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Shi to Stei

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Carl Siegel, David Eugene Smith, Frank Smithies, and Andreas Speiser

1933-1937
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Shi to Stei

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Hertha Sponer (and James Franck), Ferdinand Springer (and family), and Wolfgang Stechow

1934-1936
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Sten to Struik

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Otto Stern, Wolfgang Sternberg, and Carl Still (and family)

1934-1936
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Sten to Struik

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with J.J. Stoker and Marshall Harvey Stone

1934-1936
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Sullivan to Veblen

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Otto Szasz, Gabor Szego (including proposed outline of his 1939 book Orthogonal Polynomials), Jacob David Tamarkin, Olga Taussky-Todd, Hermann Thiersch, Stephen Timoshenko, and Otto Toeplitz

1934-1936
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Sullivan to Veblen

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Alan Turing, Helmut Ulm, and Oswald Veblen

1934-1936
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Correspondence: S to Sp

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Michael A. Sadowsky, George Sarton, and F.K. Schmidt

1937-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Correspondence: S to Sp

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with F.K. Schmidt

1937-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Correspondence: S to Sp

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Includes correspondence with with Iso and Dolly Schoenberg (daughter of Edmund Landau), Erwin Schrödinger, Heinz and Susanna von Schüching (daughter of Edmund Landau), Martin Schwarzschild, and Hans Schwerdtfeger

1937-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Correspondence: S to Sp

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Else Staudinger, and Carl Siegel

1937-1940
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Staiger to Zorn

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Wolfgang Sternberg, Carl and Hanna Still, Hans Stille, Simon Stoilow, Marshall Harvey Stone, Jacob David Tamarkin, Olga Taussky-Todd, Hermann Thiersch, Hans Thunsdorff, Stephen Timoshenko, Otto Toeplitz, and Leonida Tonelli

1929-1933
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Staiger to Zorn

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Erhard Tornier, Helmut Ulm, Oswald Veblen, Bartel van der Waerden, Alwin Walther, John Walz, Stefan Warschawski, and Werner Weber

1929-1933
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Staiger to Zorn

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Andre Weil, Alexander Weinstein, Hermann Weyl, Norbert Wiener, Aurel Wintner, Edward Maitland Wright, Kunizo Yoneyama, Max Zacharias, Ernst Zermelo, and Max Zorn

1929-1933
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Correspondence: St to Sz

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Hans Staehle, Martha Stein (Courant's cousin), Wolfgang Sternberg, Carl and Hanna Still, Marshall Harvey Stone, Lewis Strauss, Dirk Jan Struik, Otto Szasz, and Gabor Szego

1936-1943
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Victoria to Zinnecker

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Tirukkannapuram Vijayaraghavan, Bartel van der Waerden, Alwin Walther, Warren Weaver, Alexander Weinstein, Max Wertheimer, Hermann Weyl, Anna Wheeler, and Edmund T. Whittaker

1934-1936
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Victoria to Zinnecker

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Raymond L. Wilder, Rupert Wildt, Adolf Windaus, and Aurel Wintner

1934-1936
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Weyl, Hermann

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid.

1933-1934
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Whyte, John

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with John Whyte and Edward R. Murrow re: Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars as well as correspondence with Alfred Errera, Griffith C. Evans, Paul Peter and Ella Ewald, as well as Rose Ewald (P.P. Ewald's daughter)

1934-1936
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Correspondence: John Wiley & Sons Inc. (Interscience Publishers)

Scope and Contents

Correspondence re: Courant and Fritz John's textbook, Calculus.

1962-1971
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Veblen, Oswald

Scope and Contents

Correspondence re: Courant's appointment at NYU.

1933-1934

Subseries B: Subject Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Berlin Trading Company (Berliner Handelsgesellschaft)

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with the bank Berlin Handels-Gesellschaft. Includes information about the Courants' account there, before and after WWII.

1937-1963
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Beyer, Herbert

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Werner Richter, Herbert Beyer re: restitution for firing and lost income at Göttingen after 1933.

1952-1954
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Born, Max--Lectures (retirement)

Scope and Contents

Copies of lectures by Max Born, circa 1961, incl. "How I Became a Physicist." "What I Did as a Physicist." and "Reflections"

circa 1961
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Bohr, Niels

Scope and Contents

Copy of Niels Bohr's 1950 "Open Letter to the United Nations" about nuclear weapons control, excerpts (possibly galley prints) of pictures from a book/magazine article about the life of Niels Bohr. Also includes 1967 letter from Pavel Alexandroff to Nina Courant

1950, 1967, undated
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Calculus I--Courant-John
1964-1966
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Differential and Integral Calculus
1963, 1968
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Differential and Integral Calculus--Translation Bios
1939, 1950-1954
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Differential and Integral Calculus--Portuguese Edition
1971
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Differential and Integral Calculus--Publishers' Bios
1937-1947
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Differential and Integral Calculus--Spanish Edition
1940, 1950-1959
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Feld Telegraphie

Scope and Contents

Materials relating to Courant's service in the German Army in WWI, especially relating to earth telegraphy. An issue of the newspaper Die Rote Fahne has been removed to flat file storage.

1917-1918
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Feld Telegraphie

Scope and Contents

Materials (letters, telegrams, etc.) relating to Courant's service in the German Army in WWI, including photographs of his telegraph apparatus

1917-1918
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Feld Telegraphie

Scope and Contents

This folder contained several maps from WWI of the German front, trenches and testing areas for Courant's earth telegraph system as well as the certificate for the Military Merit Cross Courant received in 1916. The maps were relocated to flat storage and the certificate was moved to Box 96.

1917-1918
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Feld Telegraphie

Scope and Contents

Materials (letters, telegrams, etc.) relating to Courant's service in German Army during WWI and his earth telegraphy system, including a typed description of how Courant's machines worked

1917-1918
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Foundations, Ford and Heineman
1948-1949, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Göttingen Institute

Scope and Contents

Documents relating to 1926-1927 agreement between the University of Göttingen and the International Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation on funding of new mathematical institute. Includes communication between Courant, Franck, and Augustus Trowbridge, the IEB's head in Europe.

1926 undated
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Göttingen--Correspondence re: Dismissal (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Ferdinand Springer, publisher Hermann Weyl, Ludwig Prandtl, University Kurator Justus Valentiner, Max Reich, Hermann Thiersch, Helmut Hasse, as well as copies of relevant newspaper articles, original copy of the Nazi Civil Service Law, Courant's official letter of forced retirement from 1935 and petition to the ministry to allow him to continue teaching.

1933-1934
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Göttingen--Correspondence re: Dismissal (2 of 2)
1933-1934
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Introduction to Calculus and Analysis
1965-1967
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Istanbul offer

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid.

1933
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Legal Documents (copies)

Scope and Contents

Contains copies of Courant's marriage certificate, childrens' birth certificates. Also includes correspndence from early years at NYU.

1934-1935, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 8 [Methods of Mathematical Physics] Vol. III, Chap. 1 draft
1968
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Methods of Mathematical Physics--Italian edition
1963
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Methods of Mathematical Physics--Nazis

Scope and Contents

Copies of Nazi documents from 1944-1945 requesting special permission to reprint Courant-Hilbert, Volume I.

1945
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Methods of Mathematical Physics--Publicity
1961-1963
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Methods of Mathematical Physics I, II--Corrections
1961-1966
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Methods of Mathematical Physics I, II--Translation Bios
1949-1954, 1958
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Moscow
1968
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Office of Alien Property claim forms
circa 1948
Box: 11 Folder : 16 Oppenheimer case (1 of 2)
1954
Box: 11 Folder : 17 Oppenheimer case (2 of 2)
1954
Box: 11 Folder : 18 Publication rights
1964-1967
Box: 11 Folder : 19 Publication rights
1965-1970
Box: 11 Folder : 20 Registration book (Göttingen)

Scope and Contents

Courant's registration book from his years as a student in Göttingen, including list of courses, with instructors.

1907-1910
Box: 11 Folder : 21 Religion--essays, papers (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Box 11, Folder 21-22 and Box 12, Folder 1 contain various essays about Christianity in Germany, sermons and church programs. Some of the essays were written by members of the Runge family.

1925, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 22 Religion--essays, papers (2 of 3)
1902, 1916, 1933-1934, undated
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Religion--essays, papers (3 of 3)
1927, 1940, undated
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Rockefeller Foundation stipends

Scope and Contents

Includes letters between Courant (and Hilbert) and Rockefeller Foundation's IEB.

1925-1927
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Rockefeller Foundation stipends

Scope and Contents

Includes letters between Courant (and Hilbert) and Rockefeller Foundation's IEB.

1927-1933
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Runge, Carl--Obituary
1927
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Scrapbook from Joint Soviet-American Symposium on Partial Differential Equations
circa 1963
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Shipment of belongings
1934
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Springer-Verlag--accounts
1928-1937, undated
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Springer-Verlag--compensation
1957-1958
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Springer-Verlag--general (1 of 2)
1951-1955
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Springer-Verlag--general (2 of 2)
1951-1955
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Springer-Verlag--general
1956-1960
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Springer-Verlag--general
1961-1962
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Springer-Verlag--general
1961-1966
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Springer-Verlag--general
1962-1963
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Springer-Verlag--general
1964-1968
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Springer-Verlag--general
1967-1971
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Springer-Verlag--general
1969-1971
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Springer-Verlag--Hanseatic Corp.

Scope and Contents

Material used by Constance Reid.

1934-1937
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Springer-Verlag--Office of Alien Property claim
1941-1950
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Springer-Verlag--resignation from board

Scope and Contents

Materials detailing Courant and others' resignation from the board of German math journal Zentralblatt für Mathematik, and the potential founding of an American version of the Zentralblatt.

1939
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Springer-Verlag--taxes
1934-1935
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Sympathy letters to Nina Courant on professor's passing
1972
Box: 14 Folder : 2 "Ueber langsam veraenderliche Wechselstroeme in der Erde und einige Fragen der Geophysik"
1926
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Urysohn Scholarship Fund
1933-1935
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Viktoria "Restit. S9" (life insurance)
1933-1938, 1959
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Wiedergutmachung

Scope and Contents

Part of a letter detailing Courant's attempts to get restitution/reparations after WWII. Also includes letter from Herbert Beyer.

undated, [1959]
Box: 14 Folder : 5 What is Mathematics?--general
1962-1970
Box: 14 Folder : 6 What is Mathematics?--general
1962-1970
Box: 14 Folder : 7 What is Mathematics?--Hungarian edition
1959-1960
Box: 14 Folder : 8 What is Mathematics?--Italian edition
1948-1953, 1960
Box: 14 Folder : 9 What is Mathematics?--Japanese edition
1954-1960
Box: 14 Folder : 10 What is Mathematics?--Permissions
1947-1960
Box: 14 Folder : 11 What is Mathematics?--Polish edition
1952-1958
Box: 14 Folder : 12 What is Mathematics?--Polish edition
1961-1967
Box: 15 Folder : 1 What is Mathematics?--Publicity (1 of 2)
1941-1951
Box: 15 Folder : 2 What is Mathematics?--Publicity (2 of 2)
1941-1951
Box: 15 Folder : 3 What is Mathematics?--Publishers' bios
1939-1941
Box: 15 Folder : 4 What is Mathematics?--Spanish edition
1945-1960
Box: 15 Folder : 5 What is Mathematics?--Yugoslavian edition
1967-1969
Box: 15 Folder : 6 J. Wiley and Sons
1959-1973
Box: 15 Folder : 7 J. Wiley and Sons
1959-1973
Box: 15 Folder : 8 World War I documents

Scope and Contents

Document certifying Courant was wounded in combat

circa 1918
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Zentralblatt resignation (Transformation Korrespondenz für Andere)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Neugebauer, Ferdinand Springer, Harald Bohr, R.C. Archibald, Oswald Veblen, Marston Morse, Simon Lefschetz, George Birkhoff, and F.K. Schmidt re: Courant's resignation from the Zentralblatt für Mathematik, Otto Neugebauer's appointment at Brown University in 1939, and the potential founding of an American version of the Zentralblatt.

1938, 1941, undated

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