Karl Menger papers, 1872-2000

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Menger, Karl, 1902-1985
Karl Menger (1902-1985) was a professor emeritus of mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, research, and faculty activities. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
49 Linear Feet (49 boxes.)
Material in English and German.
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Scope and content:

This collection includes correspondence, notebooks, research and teaching notes, drafts of unpublished and published works, teaching material, student theses, printed material, and a few photographs. Mathematical subjects include curves theory, algebra, geometry, and the philosophy of mathematics. Many letters are from notable scientists; those written to Menger during World War II often comment on the hardships of colleagues still in Europe. Includes biographical materials relating to Menger and to his father, the Austrian economist Carl Menger, and material related to the history of the Vienna Circle (1920s-1930s), a group of scholars concerned with philosophy and science. Notebooks relate to Menger's early work as a student, and later notes on mathematical theory. Printed items include many European and American scientific reprints, textbooks, study manuals, and school publications.

Biographical / historical:

Karl Menger (1902-1985) was a white Austrian-American academic mathematician and the son of economist Carl Menger.

1902: Born in Vienna. 1920-1924: PhD, mathematics, University of Vienna. 1925-1927: Docent, University of Amsterdam. 1927-1936: Professor of geometry, University of Vienna; member of Vienna Circle. 1931-1937: Founder of Ergebnisse eines Mathmatischen Kolloquiums. 1935: Married Hilda Axamit. 1937-1946: Professor of mathematics, University of Notre Dame; founder of Reports of a Mathematical Colloquium, 2nd Series, and Notre Dame Mathematical Lectures. 1946-1971: Professor of mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). 1971: Professor emeritus, IIT. 1975: Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art First Class. 1985: Died in Highland Park, IL.

Acquisition information:
The Karl Menger papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as gifts in 1995, 2007, and from Abe Sklar in 2023.
Processing information:

Initially processed by Keary Warner, August 1996

Encoded by Walt Evans; Meghan Lyon, October 2014.

Reprocessed and description enhanced by Scott Scheall, Reinhard Schumacher, and Janice Hansen, 2014.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2007-0127, 2007-0142, and 2023-0107.


The Karl Menger papers are arranged into seven series: Correspondence, Writings and Research, Writings by Others, Notebooks and Notes, Academia, Carl Menger, and Personal.

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