Blanche Van Leuven Browne papers: 1898-1981 (bulk 1907-1930)
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Biographical Material [series]

Biographical Material is subdivided into general material about Hildebrandt, awards and appointments, clippings, collected material on other family members, genealogy (which includes the Hildebrandt, Locher and Ware families), and material relating to his military service in the First World War.

Box   1  
General
Box   1  
Awards/Appointments
Box   1  
Clippings 1934-1962
Box   1  
Collected Materials (on family members)
 
Genealogy
Box   1  
Hildebrandt family
Box   1  
Locher family (mother's side)
 
Ware family (wife's side)
 
Dora Ware
 
Diaries
Box   1  
1887, 1910-1915

Two small volumes: one for the year 1887, the other for the years 1910-1915. The 1910-1915 diary discusses daily college experience. The owner(s) of the diaries are not identified but both have the name of Elizabeth Ware inscribed on the lining papers. The 1887 diary also has the names of Ezra Ware, Lizzie Hayden, and Belle Ware inscribed. It also has "Tecumseh" inscribed

Box   7  
1911, 1922-1923
Box   7  
Sorosis Certificate 1954
Box   1  
History
Box   1  
Military Service
 
Bethlehem Church [series]

The Bethlehem Church series contains constitution and membership material, correspondence, financial reports and programs. The series covers the years 1928-1967.

Box   1  
Constitution and Membership
Box   1  
Correspondence 1934-1957
 
Financial Reports
Box   1  
October 1926-September 1941
Box   1  
October 1941-December 1958
Box   1  
Programs 1928-1967
 
Compositions, Musical [series]

The Compositions consist of musical works copied out in Hildebrandt's hand. The compositions are religious, and not all of them are original.

Box   1  
Religious musical compositions
 
Correspondence [series]

Correspondence is the largest part of the collection. This series was broken down into smaller subseries. The first of these is a European travelogue from 1926, which consists of a set of letters from Hildebrandt to his brothers and sisters during a year-long sojourn in Europe. Next comes a subseries of letters of recommendation, followed by a lengthy personal section. This includes letters from his father during the First World War (written in German), letters from his sister Martha, and letters from his son Paul during the Second World War. Hildebrandt's sister was an unmarried schoolteacher, who first taught German, and then after the outbreak of WWI, mathematics. Her letters, which are quite numerous, run from 1914 to 1970. Letters dated after 1970 were not retained because their historical value diminished substantially as Ms. Hildebrandt grew older. The final subseries contains T.H. Hildebrandt's professional correspondence from 1906 to 1978.

The series also contains correspondence between Hildebrandt and Dora Ware, that are personal in nature from 1917 to 1921. Copies of the original letters are included as well as a copy of The Kaboodle Book, which compiles the letters and offers translations and footnotes.

Box   1  
European Travelogue 1926

Letters and notes about the tour of Europe, 1926. Typically signed by both Dora and Theophil Hildebrandt.

 
Letters of Recommendation
Box   1  
1956-1958
Box   1  
1959-1960
Box   1  
1961-1966
 
Personal
Box   1  
From father 1916-1918
Box   1  
To sister, Martha 1917-1920
 
From sister, Martha
Box   1  
1914-1917 (4 folders)
Box   2  
1918-1970 (21 folders)
Box   2  
From son Paul, World War II 1944-1946
 
To and From Wife, Dora Ware
Box   6  
The Kaboodle Book (1 books)
Box   7  
Original Letters 1917-1921 (10 folders)
 
Professional
Box   2  
Undated, 1906-1953 (5 folders)
Box   3  
1954-1978 (13 folders)
 
Lectures [series]
Box   3  
"On Integration" 1949
Box   3  
"Linear Spaces" 1949-1950
 
Notes (mathematics) [series]

The Notes, most of which were taken by Hildebrandt as a student, have been arranged chronologically by year and semester. Where possible, the course name is also given.

 
Undated
Box   3  
Integral Equations
Box   3  
Limits and Continuity
Box   3  
Sequences
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
 
1905
Box   3  
Differential Geometry
 
1906
 
Winter
Box   3  
Mechanics
 
Spring
Box   3  
Definite Integrals
Box   3  
Plane Vectors and Conjugate Functions
 
Summer
Box   3  
Projective Geometry
 
1907
 
Fall
Box   4  
General Analysis
Box   4  
Integral Equations
Box   4  
Modern Analytic Geometry
 
Winter
Box   4  
Elliptic Functions
Box   4  
Higher Plane Curves
 
Spring
Box   4  
Invariants
 
Summer
Box   4  
Calculus of Variations
Box   4  
Determinants
 
1908
 
Winter
Box   4  
Calculus of Variations
Box   4  
Partial Differential Equations
 
Spring
Box   4  
Celestial Mechanics Periodic Solutions
 
1909
Box   4  
Unidentified
Box   4  
General Analysis (3 folders)
Box   4  
Differential Equations
Box   4  
Vector Analysis 1910
Box   4  
1916-1917
Box   4  
1924-1936
Box   4  
Real Variables 1929
 
1929-1930
Box   4  
Function Theory
Box   4  
Integration
Box   4  
Theory of Integers 1932
Box   4  
Function Theory 1932-1933
Box   4  
1944-1964
 
Organizations [series]

The next series, Organizations, is arranged alphabetically. The greatest amount of material here concerns the American Mathematical Society. There is some interesting material relating to the Loyalty Oath required of professors by the University of California in 1950. The American Mathematical Society (AMS) took a civil liberties stance against the Oath, and resolved to hold no meetings in California until the situation was rectified. Hildebrandt submitted a minority report opposing this action by the AMS. He claimed that by involving itself in relations between an employer and its employees the AMS was behaving more like a union than an organization dedicated to scholarship.

 
American Mathematical Society
 
Committees
Box   5  
Loyalty Oath 1950-1951
Box   5  
Special Funds 1938-1944
Box   5  
Correspondence 1931-1963
 
General Business
Box   5  
1917-1935
Box   5  
1936-1948
Box   5  
Apostles
Box   5  
Mathematical Association of America 1935, 1965
Box   5  
Pleasant Lakes Club 1927-1943
Box   5  
Sigma Xi 1942-1945
 
Universities [series]

The Universities series is arranged alphabetically and concerns Hildebrandt's dealings with Louisiana State, Marquette, Memphis State, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, North Carolina, Utah and Western Michigan. The subseries on the University of Michigan is the most substantial, including Employment Records, Correspondence and Memos relating to the Department of Mathematics, material from the Research Club, and a eulogy of Alexander Ziwet.

Box   5  
Louisiana State University 1960-1961
Box   5  
Marquette University 1958-1963
Box   5  
Memphis State University 1958-1959
Box   5  
Northwestern University 1964-1965
 
University of Michigan
Box   5  
Employment Records 1909-1958
Box   5  
Correspondence and Memos 1933-1961
Box   5  
Department of Mathematics, PhD's-- 1912-1960
Box   5  
Research Club 1937-1956
Box   5  
Ziwet, Alexander-Eulogy
Box   5  
University of North Carolina 1958-1962
Box   5  
University of Utah 1961-1970
Box   5  
Western Michigan University 1961-1962
 
Writings [series]

Writings includes a bibliography of Hildebrandt's writings, two folders of drafts, and material pertaining to an article he wrote for an encyclopedia. Included are reprints of his writings, reviews, and his B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. theses.

Box   5  
Bibliography
Box   5  
Drafts (2 folders)
Box   5  
Encyclopedia article 1944-1945
 
Reprints
Box   5  
Undated
Box   5  
1908-1918
Box   5  
1920-1929
Box   5  
1930-1966
 
Reviews (by T.H.)
Box   5  
Undated
Box   5  
1931-1937
Box   5  
1943-1959
Box   5  
1960-1976
Box   5  
Reviews (of T.H.) 1964
 
Theses and Dissertation
Box   5  
B.A., "The Hyperbolic Functions" 1905
Box   5  
M.S., "The Limit Surfaces of Linear Congruences" 1906
Box   5  
Ph.D., "A Contribution to the Foundations of Frechet's Calcul Fonctionnel" 1912
Box   5  
Miscellanea
 
Visual Materials [series]

Visual Materials includes both loose photographs and personal albums. Included are portraits and family photos; photos of activities of the University of Michigan Department of Mathematics, and the University of Michigan Biological Station; and photos of Hildebrandt family homes, Bethlehem Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Class of 1913 of the University of Michigan.

Family photos include portraits of Hildebrandt's wife Dora E. Ware Hildebrabdt and of his sister Martha.

 
Photographs
Box   6  
Apostles Club
Box   6  
Churches, choirs and organs
 
Family
Box   6  
Early, before World War II

File includes portraits of Hildebrandt's sister Martha.

Box   6  
Late, after World War II
Box   6  
Homes-mostly Ann Arbor but some miscellaneous
Box   6  
Portraits
Box   6  
Pleasant Lakes Club
Box   6  
Professional Groups and colleagues--includes parties and University of Chicago Math Department in 1920
Box   6  
University of Michigan Buildings and University School of Music Class Photograph University School of Music 1913

(see also albums)

Box   6  
University of Michigan. Department of Mathematics.
Box   6  
University of Michigan. Department of Mathematics-Student skit
Box   6  
Ware family of Grand Rapids, Mich.
 
Albums
Box   6  
Small black album 1895-1920

(includes early schooling, family and trip to Germany in 1926. Also shows early life in Ann Arbor, the UM School of Music, Apostles Club, UM campus buildings, homes on Washtenaw, Elm, Walnut and Monroe Streets in Ann Arbor, and organs in churches in Chelsea and Ann Arbor. Some early scenes in Illinois and Ohio as well.)

Box   6  
Small black album 1915-1920

(includes family and friends and early days at the University of Michigan; and views of campus buildings, scenic views of Ann Arbor and the Biological Station at Douglas Lake; also included are the wedding of Grace McDonald and Carl Guthe, Kansas City, and other travels)

Box   6  
Brown album, entitled "Professor and Mrs. T. Hildebrandt" circa 1960

(Album consists of photographs of colleagues and friends from1919 to 1956, his years at Michigan, and was presented to him upon his retirement from the University, includes some photographs of Hildebrandt teaching in classroom)

Box   6  
Red album. Title: "Department of Mathematics Christmas, December 1955. Presented to Dr. Hildebrandt, Compliments of the Department and the Photographer, Jim Wendel, August 2, 1957"

(cover broken, includes photos of student skit)