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George D. Olds Papers, ca. 1870-1915
3 records storage boxes, 1 archives box (3.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Professor of mathematics and President of Amherst College. Collection includes course notes taken by Olds as a student in Germany, lecture notes for guest lectureships at German universities and for mathematics courses at Amherst College, as well as a photograph album and scrapbook.

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Restrictions on use:

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Biographical Note

George D. Olds was born in Middleport, N.Y., on October 14, 1853. He received his A.B. (1873) and A.M. (1876) from the University of Rochester. He was professor of mathematics at the University of Rochester (1884-1891) and Amherst College (1891-1927). He served as Dean of the College from 1909 to 1922 and President of Amherst College from 1923 to 1927. Olds died on May 10, 1931.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers contain course notes in mathematics, physics, constitutional law and other subjects taken by Olds as a student at the universities of Göttingen, Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany, 1879-1882; notes used for guest lectureships at German universities in 1899 and 1900; and lecture notes in mathematics used by Olds at Amherst College. The collection also includes a photograph album documenting Olds' travels in Europe, 1899-1900, and a scrapbook of political cartoons related to Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, 1912-1915.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in George D. Olds Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Processed:1993


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English and German
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES 1: STUDENT COURSE NOTES - GERMAN UNIVERSITIES,
1879-1901


Series 1, STUDENT COURSE NOTES - GERMAN UNIVERSITIES, 1879-1901, consists chiefly of notebooks relating to coursework in mathematics, physics and constitutional law taken at German universities (1879-1882) and notes for guest lectureships at German universities in 1899 and 1900. Most notes are in German.

Sub-Series A: Physics (Heidelberg)



Physics II
1880 Jan 9-Feb 17

Box 1: folder 1
Physics III
1880 Feb 18-Mar 9

Box 1: folder 2
Mathematical Physics 1
[1881] Oct 27- Nov 10

Box 1: folder 3
Mathematical Physics II
[1881] Nov 1-24

Box 1: folder 4
Mathematical Physics III
[1881] Nov 28- Dec 9

Box 1: folder 5
Mathematical Physics IV
[1881] Dec 12-[1882] Jan 1

Box 1: folder 6
Mathematical Physics V
[1882] Jan 6-16

Box 1: folder 7
Mathematical Physics VI
[1882] Jan 17-22

Box 1: folder 8
Mathematical Physics VII
[1882] Jan 27- Feb 6

Box 1: folder 9
Mathematical Physics VIII
[1882] Feb 7-16

Box 1: folder 10
Mathematical Physics IX
[1882] Feb 21- Mar 3

Box 1: folder 11
Mathematical Physics X
[1882] Mar 3-6

Box 1: folder 12
Experimental Physics
1880 Jun 2-30

Box 1: folder 13
Experimental Physics
1880 Jul 6- Aug 3

Box 1: folder 14
Experimental Physics
[1881] Dec 12-20

Box 1: folder 15
Experimental Physics II
1882 Jan 25

Box 1: folder 16
Physics
[no year] May 3-Jun 1

Box 1: folder 17
Notes on Experimental Physics
1879 Oct 23-1880 Jan 5

Box 1: folder 18
Experimental Physics
[no year] Nov 13-24

Box 1: folder 19
Sub-Series B: International Law (Heidelberg)



Auserwählte Völkerrecht Fälle der Gegenwart
1881 May 20-Jun 17

Box 1: folder 20
Auserwählte Völkerrecht Fälle der Gegenwart
[1881] Jun 24-Aug 5

Box 1: folder 21
International Law Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 22
International Law Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 23
International Law Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 24
International Law Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 25
International Law Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
Völkerrecht I
[no year] Oct 25

Box 1: folder 27
Beuterecht - page 156
n.d.

Box 1: folder 28
Beuterecht - page 122
n.d.

Box 1: folder 29
Beuterecht - pages 135-149
n.d.

Box 1: folder 30
Auserwählte Völkerrechtliche Fälle
[1881] Jul 1-29

Box 1: folder 31
Völkerrecht - printed material
n.d.

Box 1: folder 32
Sub-Series C: Function Theory



Function Theory
n.d.

Box 1: folder 33
Function Theory
n.d.

Box 1: folder 34
Function Theory
n.d.

Box 1: folder 35
[Zuire?] Rechnen I - [Döep?]
n.d.

Box 1: folder 36
Function Theory - printed material - pages 547-562
n.d.

Box 1: folder 37
Separat-Abdruck aus den Annalen der Physik und Chemie (printed material)
1880

Box 1: folder 38
Separat-Abdruck aus den Annalen der Physik und Chemie (printed material)
1880

Box 1: folder 39
Function Theory Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 40
Function Theory Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 41
Function Theory Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 42
Math 7.81
n.d.

Box 1: folder 43
Sub-Series D: Function Theory - Differential Equations (Göttingen lectureship,
1900)


Theory of Analytical Functions I
1900 Aug 25

Box 1: folder 44
Theory of Analytical Functions II - Winter Semester
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 45
Theory of Functions III - Winter Semester
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 46
Differential Equations I
1900 Aug 27

Box 1: folder 47
Differential Equations II - Winter Semester
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 48
Partial Differential Equations III - Winter Semester
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 49
Sub-Series E: Projective Geometry/Differential Equations (Göttingen lectureship,
1900)


Projective Geometry Notes
[no year] Jan 23

Box 1: folder 50
Projective Geometry I
1900 Aug 25

Box 1: folder 51
Projective Geometry II - Winter Term
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 52
Projective Geometry III - Winter Term
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 53
Projectile Geometry, Differential Equations
n.d.

Box 1: folder 54
Klein Diff. Rechnung
n.d.

Box 1: folder 55
Über die Beziehungen der Neueren Mathematik zu den Anwendungen (printed material)
1895

Box 1: folder 56
Über den Mathematischen Unterricht an der Göttinger Universität (printed material)
1895

Box 1: folder 57
Sub-Series F: Math Seminar and Laboratory Journal for Physics and Chemistry



Laboratory Journal
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Laboratory Journal
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Laboratory Notebook II
1879 Dec 5-1880 Jan 26

Box 2: folder 3
Laboratory Journal III
1880 Jan 29- Feb 12

Box 2: folder 4
Math Seminar
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Math Seminar
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Math Seminar
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Math Seminar II
1887 Jun 29

Box 2: folder 8
Math Seminar III
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Notes
1901 Jan 24- Feb 15

Box 2: folder 10
Notes
n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
Sub-Series G: Electricität und Magnetismus (Berlin)



Electricity and Magnetism I
1880 Oct 25- Nov 9

Box 2: folder 12
Electricity and Magnetism II
1880 Nov 11-30

Box 2: folder 13
Electricity and Magnetism III
1880 Dec 2-21

Box 2: folder 14
Electricity and Magnetism IV
1881 Jan 7-28

Box 2: folder 15
Electricity and Magnetism V
1881 Jan 31- Feb 14

Box 2: folder 16
Electricity and Magnetism VI
1881 Feb 18- Feb 14

Box 2: folder 17
Electricity and Magnetism VI
[1881]

Box 2: folder 18
Theoretical Physics I
1880 Oct 25- Nov 9

Box 2: folder 19
Theoretical Physics II
1880 Nov 10-27

Box 2: folder 20
Theoretical Physics III
1880 Nov 29- Dec 15

Box 2: folder 21
Theoretical Physics IV
1881 Jan 6-12

Box 2: folder 22
Theoretical Physics V
1881 Jan 17-29

Box 2: folder 23
Theoretical Physics VI
1881 Jan 31- Feb 12

Box 2: folder 24
Theoretical Physics VII
1881 Feb 14-28

Box 2: folder 25
Theoretical Physics VIII
1881 Mar 4-7

Box 2: folder 26
Sub-Series H: Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung (Berlin)



Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung I
1880 Oct 25- Dec 4

Box 2: folder 27
Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung II
1880 Dec 11-1881 Jan 15

Box 2: folder 28
WahrscheinfichKeitsrechnung III
1881 Feb 4-11

Box 2: folder 29
Sub-Series I: Zahlentheorie



Zahlentheorie I
1880 Oct 25- Nov 19

Box 2: folder 30
Zahlentheorie II
1880 Nov 22- Dec 13

Box 2: folder 31
Zahlentheorie III
1880 Dec 14-1881 Jan 20

Box 2: folder 32
Zahlentheorie IV
1881 Jan 21- Feb 11

Box 2: folder 33
Zahlentheorie V
1881 Feb 14- Mar 3

Box 2: folder 34
Zahlentheorie VI
1881 Mar 4-7

Box 2: folder 35
Sub-Series J: Christian Philosophies (Heidelberg)



Christian Philosophies I
1881 Oct 27- Nov 15

Box 2: folder 36
Christian Philosophies II
1881 Nov 18- Dec 9

Box 2: folder 37
Christian Philosophies III
1881 Dec 13-1882 Jan 17

Box 2: folder 38
Christian Philosophies IV
1882 Jan 19- Feb 2

Box 2: folder 39
Christian Philosophies V
1882 Feb 3-15

Box 2: folder 40
Christian Philosophies VI
1882 Feb 16

Box 2: folder 41
Christian Philosophies VII
1882 Mar 1

Box 2: folder 42
Sub-Series K: Mechanik (Heidelberg)



Mechanik I
[1881] Oct 27- Nov 10

Box 2: folder 43
Mechanik II
[1881] Nov 11-28

Box 2: folder 44
Mechanik III
[1881] Nov 29- Dec 8

Box 2: folder 45
Mechanik IV
[1881] Dec 15-[1882] Jan 5

Box 2: folder 46
Mechanik V
[1882] Jan 6-17

Box 2: folder 47
Mechanik VI
[1882] Jan 20-30

Box 2: folder 48
Mechanik VII
[1882] Jan 31- Feb 9

Box 2: folder 49
Mechanik VIII
[1882] Feb 10-20

Box 2: folder 50
Mechanik IX
[1882] Feb 21-28

Box 2: folder 51
Mechanik X
[1882] Mar 2-7

Box 2: folder 52
Sub-Series L: Differential- und Integralrechnung (Heidelberg)



Differential- und Integralrechnung I
[1882] May 1-16

Box 2: folder 53
Differential- und Integralrechnung II
[1882] May 19- Jun 6

Box 2: folder 54
Differential- und Integralrechnung III
[1882] Jun 13-27

Box 2: folder 55
Differential- und Integralrechnung IV
[1882] Jul 4-12

Box 2: folder 56
Differential- und Integralrechnung V
[1882] Jul 14-25

Box 2: folder 57
Differential- und Integralrechnung VI
[1882] Jul 26- Aug 4

Box 2: folder 58
Differential- und Integralrechnung VII
[1882]

Box 2: folder 59
Reihen Theorie I
[1881] May 1-30

Box 2: folder 60
Reihen Theorie II
[1881] Jun 2- Jul 4

Box 2: folder 61
Reihen Theorie III
[1881] Jul 7-28

Box 2: folder 62
Analytic Geometry I
1880 Apr 30- Jun 1

Box 2: folder 63
Analytic Geometry II
1880 Jun 3-23

Box 2: folder 64
Analytic Geometry III
1880 Jun 24- Jul 9

Box 2: folder 65
Analytic Geometry IV
1880 Jun 12- Jul 23

Box 2: folder 66
Analytic Geometry V
1880 Jul 26- Aug 4

Box 2: folder 67
Elliptische Functionen I
[1882] Oct 30

Box 2: folder 68
Mathematical Notes
[1881] Aug 1-2

Box 2: folder 69
Sub-Series M: Algebräische Gleichungen (Heidelberg)



Algebräische Gleichungen I
1881 Oct 27- Nov 11

Box 2: folder 70
Algebräische Gleichungen II
[1881] Nov 14-28

Box 2: folder 71
Algebräische Gleichungen III
[1881] Dec 4-12

Box 2: folder 72
Algebräische Gleichungen IV
[1881] Dec 13-[1882] Jan 9

Box 2: folder 73
Algebräische Gleichungen V
[1882] Jan 10-16

Box 2: folder 74
Algebräische Gleichungen VI
[1882] Jan 20-27

Box 2: folder 75
Algebraische Gleichungen VII
[1882] Jan 31-Feb 9

Box 2: folder 76
Algebräische Gleichungen VIII
[1882] Feb 9-16

Box 2: folder 77
Algebräische Gleichungen IX
[1882] Feb 20-24

Box 2: folder 78
Algebräische Gleichungen X
[1882] Feb 28-

Box 2: folder 79
Notes for Analytic Geometry
n.d.

Box 2: folder 80
Geometry Synthesis
[no year] Nov 21- Dec 8

Box 2: folder 81
Geometry Synthesis II
[no year] Dec 11- Jan 22

Box 2: folder 82
Geometry Synthesis III
[no year] Jan 23- Feb 12

Box 2: folder 83
Geometry Synthesis IV
n.d.

Box 2: folder 84
Notes
1879 Oct 28- Nov 12

Box 2: folder 85
SERIES 2: AMHERST COLLEGE TEACHING NOTES, ca.
1891-1910


Series 2, AMHERST COLLEGE TEACHING NOTES, ca. 1891-1910, contains Olds' teaching notes, which were edited and annotated by Amherst College professor of Mathematics Atherton Sprague (AC 1920).

Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Course in Definite Integrals
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Analytic Geometry Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Definition of Integral Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Walker Prize Exam
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Student Notes (Exams)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Student Papers
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Math Notes (index cards)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 10
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 11
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 12
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 13
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 14
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 15
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 16
Math Notes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 17
Analytic Equation: Second Degree Equations
n.d.

Box 3: folder 18
Analytic Geometry: Second Degree Equations
n.d.

Box 3: folder 19
Analytic Geometry
n.d.

Box 3: folder 20
SERIES 3: ALBUMS,
1899-1915


Series 3, ALBUMS, 1899-1915, consist of 2 items: a photograph album documenting Olds' visit to Europe in 1899-1900, and a scrapbook of political cartoons related to Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, 1912-1915.

Photograph album: "Göttingen 1899/1900, Switzerland" (Gift of Margaret Olds Strahl, 1982)
1899-1900

Box 4: folder 1
Scrapbook, chiefly political cartoons concerning U.S. Secretary of state William Jennings Bryan. (Inside front cover is written the name "John H. James")
1912-1915

Box 4: folder 2

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Mathematics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts --Amherst.
  • Olds, George Daniel, 1853-1931.
  • Physics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts --Amherst.

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  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.


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