Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Robert A. Chaffer Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Robert A. Chaffer Papers
Creator: Chaffer, Robert A.
Inclusive dates: 1972-1985
Extent: .25 cubic feet (in 1 box)
The papers include newspaper article, Central Michigan University Faculty Association letters, personal correspondence, and copies of Chaffer's publications.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 73650

Access Restrictions:

The papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Robert A. Chaffer Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically by topic.



Robert A. Chaffer (1930-) earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Illinois State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. From 1970 to 1974, Chaffer held the rank of Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Central Michigan University. From 1977 to 1980, he served as the secretary treasurer of the Department of Mathematics Faculty Service in the Michigan Section of the Mathematics, later Mathematical Association of America. From 1985 to 1988, Chaffer served as the Director of the high school visiting lecturer program. He was the newsletter editor for the Department of Mathematics. Chaffer served as assistant to the chairperson beginning in 1990, until he was appointed chairperson of the Department in the fall of 1995. (This information is from the Clarke Historical Library’s CMU. Faculty Association (FA) and CMU. Faculty Personnel Services collections.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Robert A. Chaffer Papers consist of newspaper articles (copies), FA letters, personal correspondence to fellow colleagues, and copies of Chaffer’s published articles. The Shepherd [Mich.] Argus newspaper article covers a mathematical workshop for high school students run by Professor Chaffer. Letters are from the FA, highlighting the disputes over the changing of contracts and payments regarding union dues. The personal correspondence is between Chaffer and Mr. Martin Gardner, concerning “Magic cubes”.

Subject Terms

    • Chaffer, Robert A.
    • Central Michigan University. Faculty Association.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Central Michigan University. Dept. of Mathematics.
    • Mathematical Association of America.
    • Mathematics.
    • Shepherd (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Robert A. Chaffer Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Correspondence and Related Materials, 1976
    Box   1 F   2
    Faculty Unionization, 1974-1976
    Box   1 F   3
    Newspaper Clippings (Copies), Shepherd [Mich.] Argus, Vol. 92, No. 49, July 10, 1985
    Box   1 F   4
    Reprints, 1972-1982