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Neal McCoy Papers, 1921-2001
11 boxes (4.6 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Neal McCoy was a professor of mathematics. The papers contain correspondence, course materials, photographs, programs for awards, publications, and the diaries of his wife Ardis Hollingsworth McCoy.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Neal Henry McCoy was born on March 6, 1905 in the Oklahoma Territory. He received his A.B. from Baylor University, then his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He joined the Smith College mathematics department in 1931 after two years as a National Research Fellow in Mathematics at Princeton University. His son Paul was killed in a car accident in 1957 at the age of 22. While at Smith, McCoy spent time as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and University of North Carolina, and taught at the National Science Foundation Institute for secondary school math teachers. He was known as a professor who loved to teach and focused on the students. He wrote six undergraduate textbooks including Introduction to Modern Algebra, which has been translated into many foreign languages. His other books include An Introduction to Mathematical Analysis, The Theory of Rings, and The Theory of Numbers. He was also active in the Northampton community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Northampton YMCA, and worked for United Way. His primary research interest was abstract algebra. McCoy was the first male member of the Smith mathematics department. He co-founded the Connecticut Valley Mathematics Colloquium in 1938. He edited the Duke Mathematical Journal from 1951-1954, and was a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England. In 1963, he was appointed to the position of Gates Chair in Mathematics at Smith. Professor McCoy retired in 1970 and lived with his wife, Ardis Hollingsworth McCoy, in Northampton until his death on January 4, 2001 at the age of 95.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Neal McCoy papers contain correspondence, course materials, the diaries of his wife Ardis Hollingsworth McCoy, photographs, publications, programs for awards ceremonies, and information about McCoy's career at Smith. The bulk of the collection consists of personal and professional correspondence-primarily from McCoy's years at Smith-and reprints of McCoy's mathematical publications.


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

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

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

Neal McCoy Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Neal McCoy papers were donated to the Smith College Archives from a number of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Series I: Biographical Information



Biographical Material
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Transcripts: Bayla University and The State University of Iowa
1921-29

Box 1: folder 2
Smith College Awards Programs, "Who's Who at Smith College 1964-1965"
1934-1970, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Obituaries and Memorial Programs
2001, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Newspaper Clippings
1932-1995

Box 1: folder 5
Photographs
1925-1968

Box 1: folder 6
Photographs
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Smith College Charis Medal, academic pins (see artifacts)


Box 1: folder 8
Series II: Correspondence



A
1940-1994

Box 1: folder 9
Allyn and Bacon, Inc. (publisher)
1972-1975

Box 1: folder 10
Allyn and Bacon, Inc. (publisher)
1974-1975

Box 1: folder 11
Allyn and Bacon, Inc. (publisher)
1976-1978

Box 1: folder 12
Allyn and Bacon, Inc. (publisher)
1977-1979

Box 1: folder 13
Amritsur, S.
1951-1955

Box 1: folder 14
Aydin, Seyfettin
1973-1981

Box 1: folder 15
B
1944-1979, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Birkhoff, Garrett
1955-1973

Box 2: folder 2
C
1943-1982, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Chacron, M
1968-1969

Box 2: folder 4
Chawla, L.M.
1968-1979

Box 2: folder 5
Ching, Wai-Sin
1976-1978

Box 2: folder 6
Chittim, Richard
1965-1966

Box 2: folder 7
Cope, Jane
1968-1973

Box 2: folder 8
Copeland, Arthur
1977-1978

Box 2: folder 9
Curtis, Morton
1962-1965

Box 2: folder 10
D
1941-1980

Box 2: folder 11
Dickinson, Alice
1961-1971

Box 2: folder 12
Divinsky, Nathan
1955-1956

Box 2: folder 13
E
1963-1972, n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
F
1925-2000, n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
Fuchs, L.
1959-1967, n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
G
1929-1974

Box 2: folder 17
Gehman, Harry
1948-1968

Box 2: folder 18
Gemignani, Michael
1971-1980

Box 2: folder 19
Gilmer, Robert
1968-1972

Box 2: folder 20
Gonzales, Brother
1965-1970

Box 2: folder 21
H
1942-1978

Box 3: folder 1
Hsu, John
1970-1973, n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Hsu, Ying Fen
1971-1974, n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Hutchinson, Joan
1969-1975, n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
I
1941-1967, n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
J
1955-1999

Box 3: folder 6
Jain, S.K.
1962-1965, n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Johnson, Dick
1937-1977

Box 3: folder 8
Jones, Burton
1954-1967

Box 3: folder 9
K
1938-1978

Box 3: folder 10
Kertesz, Andre
1955-1974

Box 3: folder 11
L
1934-1987, n.d.

Box 3: folder 12
Langer, Rudolf E.
1941-1949

Box 3: folder 13
Ma-Mc
1944-1989, n.d.

Box 3: folder 14
MacLane, Saunders
1945-1975

Box 3: folder 15
McBrien, Vincento
1960-1976

Box 3: folder 16
McDonald, Florence
1953-1975

Box 3: folder 17
Me-My
1948-1977

Box 4: folder 1
Mendelson, Bert and Marion
1963-1972, n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Mendenhall, Thomas
1959-1970

Box 4: folder 3
Mookini, Edwin
1965-1968

Box 4: folder 4
Moore, Richard
1972-1978

Box 4: folder 5
N
1945-1975

Box 4: folder 6
Nash, Robert D.
1965-1967

Box 4: folder 7
O
1937-1973, n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
P
1941-1982, n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
Q-R
1937-1979

Box 4: folder 10
Rinehart & Company (publisher)
1955-1965

Box 4: folder 11
Rolf, Howard L.
1970-1979, n.d.

Box 4: folder 12
Rosenbaum, Robert A.
1962-1978

Box 4: folder 13
Sa-Sk
1938-1980

Box 4: folder 14
Sankaran, Y.
1961-1966

Box 4: folder 15
Sm-Sz
1939-1974, n.d.

Box 4: folder 16
Steinfeld, Otto
1965-1974

Box 4: folder 17
Szasz, Ferenc Andor
1960-1976, n.d.

Box 4: folder 18
Szele, Tibor
1951-1954

Box 4: folder 19
T
1937-1981, n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Tripathi, S.M.
1977-1984, n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
Tsai, Yeong-Shyeong
1969, n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
U-V
1937-1972

Box 5: folder 4
Van der Walt, Andres P.J.
1956-1965, n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
Vaughn, Randal L.
1973-1974, n.d.

Box 5: folder 6
Wa-Wi
1943-1971

Box 5: folder 7
Whidden, Helen L.
1968-1970

Box 5: folder 8
Willcox, A.B.
1969-1973

Box 5: folder 9
Wo-Wr
1966-1983

Box 5: folder 10
Y-Z
1964-1979

Box 5: folder 11
Zenkteler, Leon
1956-1957

Box 5: folder 12
Fundamentals of Abstract Algebra
1970

Box 5: folder 13
Fundamentals of Abstract Algebra
1971-1972

Box 5: folder 14
Fundamentals of Abstract Algebra (Opinion Form Letters)
1972

Box 5: folder 15
Fundamentals of College Mathematics Revisions
1958-1964

Box 5: folder 16
Introduction to Modern Algebra
1957-1959

Box 5: folder 17
Introduction to Modern Algebra
1960

Box 5: folder 18
Introduction to Modern Algebra
1961-1966

Box 5: folder 19
Introduction to Modern Algebra
1966-1973

Box 6: folder 1
Introduction to Modern Algebra (Opinion Form Letters)
1960

Box 6: folder 2
Introduction to Modern Algebra (2) (Opinion Form Letters)
1960

Box 6: folder 3
Introduction to Modern Algebra (3) (Opinion Form Letters)
1960-1961

Box 6: folder 4
Introduction to Modern Algebra (Opinion Form Letters)
1975

Box 6: folder 5
The Theory of Numbers
1962-1966

Box 6: folder 6
The Theory of Rings (originally Elements of Ring Theory)
1962-1967

Box 6: folder 7
The Theory of Rings
1971-1972

Box 6: folder 8
The Theory of Rings
1973-1983

Box 6: folder 9
Publications, General
1974

Box 6: folder 10
Publications, General
1975

Box 6: folder 11
Publications, General
1976-1977

Box 6: folder 12
Unidentified
1936-1978, n.d.

Box 6: folder 13
Series III. Teaching and Other Work



Smith College Math Department: Notes and Memoranda
1957

Box 7: folder 1
Smith College Math Department: Notes and Memoranda
1958-1959

Box 7: folder 2
Smith College Math Department: Meeting Minutes and Memoranda
1977-1978

Box 7: folder 3
Smith College Math Department: Meeting Minutes and Memoranda
1979-1981

Box 7: folder 4
Mathematical Association of America: Mailing Lists and Correspondence
1958-June 1959

Box 7: folder 5
Mathematical Association of America: Mailing Lists and Correspondence
July-December 1959

Box 7: folder 6
Mathematical Association of America: program Presentation of Awards; Memoranda
1994, n.d.

Box 7: folder 7
Mathematical Notes: Classes and Lectures
1967-1968

Box 7: folder 8
Mathematical Notes: Classes and Lectures
1969

Box 7: folder 9
Mathematical Notes: Group Theory
1968-1972, n.d.

Box 7: folder 10
Mathematical Notes: The Goldie Theorems
n.d.

Box 7: folder 11
Mathematical Notes: Annihilator Ideals in Semi-Prime Rings
n.d.

Box 7: folder 12
Miscellaneous Notes for Presentations and Papers
n.d.

Box 7: folder 13
National Science Foundation Programs: General
1961

Box 7: folder 14
National Science Foundation Programs: General
1962-1964

Box 7: folder 15
National Science Foundation Programs: General
1965

Box 7: folder 16
National Science Foundation Programs: General
1966

Box 7: folder 17
National Science Foundation Programs: General
1967-1969

Box 8: folder 1
Summer Institute: Theory of Rings, Madison
1953

Box 8: folder 2
Summer Institute for Teachers of High School Mathematics: Introduction to Modern Algebra: National Science Foundation: Iowa City
1957

Box 8: folder 3
Summer Institute for Teachers of High School Mathematics: Introduction to Modern Algebra: National Science Foundation: Iowa City
1959

Box 8: folder 4
Summer Institutes for Teachers of High School Mathematics: National Science Foundation, General
1959-1960

Box 8: folder 5
Summer Institutes for Teachers of High School Mathematics: National Science Foundation, General
1960-1961

Box 8: folder 6
Summer Institutes for Teachers of High School Mathematics: Theory of Numbers: National Science Foundation: Bowdoin
1966

Box 8: folder 7
Teaching: Math S.I. 170: UMass Final Exam
1959

Box 8: folder 8
Teaching: Math 296: The Theory of Rings
1959

Box 8: folder 9
Teaching: Math 399
1973

Box 8: folder 10
Teaching: Mount Holyoke College
1973

Box 8: folder 11
Teaching: General
1970s

Box 9: folder 1
Miscellaneous
1973

Box 9: folder 2
Connecticut Valley Mathematical Colloquium
1938-1970

Box 9: folder 3
Introduction to Modern Algebra: Notes, Drafts
1960, n.d.

Box 9: folder 4
Introduction to Modern Algebra: Reviews
1962-1963

Box 9: folder 5
Journal Articles: Reprints
1929-1936

Box 9: folder 6
Journal Articles: Reprints
1937-1950

Box 9: folder 7
Journal Articles: Reprints
1950-1983, n.d.

Box 9: folder 8
List of Publications
ca. 1968

Box 9: folder 9
Series IV. Ardis Hollingsworth McCoy



Diaries
1960-1962

Box 10: folder 1
Diaries
1963-1965

Box 10: folder 2
Diaries
1966-1968

Box 10: folder 3
Diaries
1969-1971

Box 10: folder 4
Diaries
1972-1974

Box 11: folder 1
Diaries
1975-1977

Box 11: folder 2
Diaries
1978-1980

Box 11: folder 3
Diaries
1981-1983

Box 11: folder 4

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