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Elliott Montroll papers

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Abstract

Title:
Elliott Montroll papers
Author/Creator:
Montroll, Elliott
Collection number:
88-2
Size:
9.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1972-1979
Inclusive dates:
1936-1982
Collection Area:
University of Maryland
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Elliott Waters Montroll (1916-1983) was an educator and scientist with a broad range of interests; his specialties lay in the fields of chemistry and physics. His teaching appointments included associations with many different universities, among them the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP). At UMCP he taught in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, originally the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics, from 1957 to 1960, from 1961 to 1968, and again from 1981 to 1983. Montroll's papers consist of correspondence, publications, prepared lectures, research notes, grant records, and photographs documenting his teaching and research interests.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Elliott Montroll papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Elliott Waters Montroll, an educator and scientist was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 4, 1916, the son of Adolph Baer and Esther (Israel) Montroll. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1937 and a PH.D. in mathematics in 1940. He married Shirley Abrams on May 7, 1943 with whom he had ten children: Wendy, Brenda, Nicholas, Heidi, Mark, John, Toby, Andrew, Kim, and Charles. The scope of Elliot Montroll�s interests and accomplishments makes it rather difficult to categorize him academically. His research interests spanned from statistical mechanics, the theory of probability, mathematical physics, and mathematical modeling of biological and sociological phenomena. During the period 1951 to 1960 he was a research professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics (later incorporated into the Institute for Physical Science and Technology). From 1961 to 1968 he held a part-time appointment at the University of Maryland. Montroll was the Einstein professor of physics and chemistry and director of the Institute of Fundamental Studies at the University of Rochester from 1966 to 1981, after which he returned to the University of Maryland as a professor in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, the position he held at the time of his death. His academic career also included professorships at Princeton (1942-1943), the University of Pittsburg (1946-1948), the University of Grenoble, France (the summer of 1953), and the Lorenta Professorship of the University of Lieden in the Netherlands (1968). Elliot Montroll was appointed to many positions of service in the federal government, such as Head of the Physics Branch at the Office of Naval Research (1948-1950) and the Vice President for Research of the Institute for Defense Analysis (2963-1966). He also served as a consultant to carious private corporations, including a stint as Director of General Sciences for the IBM Research Center at Yorktown Heights, New York (1960-1963). He was the founding editor of the Journal of Mathematical Physics (1960-1970) and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the prizes and fellowships that Elliot Montroll received were a Fulbright fellowship in 1959 and the Lanchester Prize of the Operations Research Society of America in 1959. Elliot Montroll died in 1983.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of Elliot Montroll cover approximately the years 1936 to 1982. The bulk of the materials date from 1972 to 1979. His papers include correspondence, reprints of publications, lecture notes, course materials, grant records, and research notes. The series include: Series I: Personal, Series II: Correspondence, Series III: Publications, Series IV: Lectures, Series V: Research, Series VI: Meetings and Organizations, Series VII: Photographs

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers of Elliot Montroll were donated to the University of Maryland College Park by Mrs. Elliot Montroll. The materials were accessioned by the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Department in 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Proccessed by: Linda Zintz, December 1987

Processing note:

The collection was initially reviewed by various faculty members of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology who separated and transferred much of the printed material to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. Seven series were then created from the Montroll papers. All paper clips were replaced by plastic clips and duplicates were discarded. All material was placed in acid-free folder and boxes. Finally, the guide was written.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal, 1948-1981 (0.25 linear feet)

Series I contains resumes, list of lectures and publications, faculty personnel history records, government personnel security questionnaires, yearly faculty reviews, and letters of appointments, and agreements. A list of Montroll's professional positions and publications is appended to this guide. Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal, 1948-1981 series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Correspondence, 1948-1982 (2.5 linear feet)

Series II consists of originals of incoming correspondence and some carbon copies of outgoing correspondence. Major topics covered include: requests for publications and research, arrangement for lectures and meetings, research grants, and departmental affairs of the University of Rochester and the University of Maryland. Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 1
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 2
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 5
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1948-1966 series 2box 1folder 8
Correspondence, 1967-1969 series 2box 2folder 1
Correspondence, 1967-1969 series 2box 2folder 2
Correspondence, 1967-1969 series 2box 2folder 3
Correspondence, 1967-1969 series 2box 2folder 4
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 1
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 2
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 3
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 4
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 5
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 6
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 7
Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 2box 3folder 8
Correspondence, 1976-1977 series 2box 4folder 1
Correspondence, 1976-1977 series 2box 4folder 2
Correspondence, 1976-1977 series 2box 4folder 3
Correspondence, 1976-1977 series 2box 4folder 4
Correspondence, 1976-1977 series 2box 4folder 5
Correspondence, 1978-1979 series 2box 5folder 1
Correspondence, 1978-1979 series 2box 5folder 2
Correspondence, 1978-1979 series 2box 5folder 3
Correspondence, 1978-1979 series 2box 5folder 4
Correspondence, 1980-1982 and n.d. series 2box 6folder 1
Correspondence, 1980-1982 and n.d. series 2box 6folder 2
Correspondence, 1980-1982 and n.d. series 2box 6folder 3
Correspondence, 1980-1982 and n.d. series 2box 6folder 4
Correspondence, 1980-1982 and n.d. series 2box 6folder 5
Correspondence, 1980-1982 and n.d. series 2box 6folder 6

Series 3: Publications, 1941-1979 (1 linear feet)

Series II consists primarily of reprints of journal articles written by Montroll but also includes typewritten drafts submitted for publication. Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 1
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 2
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 3
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 4
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 5
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 6
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 7
Publications, 1941-1969 series 3box 1folder 8
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 1
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 2
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 3
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 4
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 5
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 6
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 7
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 8
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 9
Publications, 1970-1975 series 3box 2folder 10
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 1
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 2
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 3
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 4
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 5
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 6
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 7
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 8
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 9
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 10
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 11
Publications, 1977-1981 and n.d. series 3box 3folder 12

Series 4: Lectures, 1956-1976 (1 linear feet)

Series IV contains the prepared text and notes from lectures given in his classes. Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Lectures, 1956-1969 series 4box 1folder 1
Lectures, 1956-1969 series 4box 1folder 2
Lectures, 1956-1969 series 4box 1folder 3
Lectures, 1956-1969 series 4box 1folder 4
Lectures, 1956-1969 series 4box 1folder 5
Lectures, 1956-1969 series 4box 1folder 6
Lectures, 1956-1969 series 4box 1folder 7
Lectures, 1975-1976 and n.d. series 4box 2folder 1
Lectures, 1975-1976 and n.d. series 4box 2folder 2
Lectures, 1975-1976 and n.d. series 4box 2folder 3
Lectures, 1975-1976 and n.d. series 4box 2folder 4
Lectures, 1975-1976 and n.d. series 4box 2folder 5
Lectures, 1975-1976 and n.d. series 4box 2folder 6

Series 5: Research, undated (3.5 linear feet)

Series V contains mostly undated and unidentified research notes. It consists primarily of notes on experiments and equations, but also includes notes on other individual�s research and publications.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Research, undated series 5box 1folder 1
Research, undated series 5box 1folder 2
Research, undated series 5box 1folder 3
Research, undated series 5box 1folder 4
Research, undated series 5box 1folder 5
Research, undated series 5box 1folder 6
Research, undated series 5box 1folder 7
Research, undated series 5box 2folder 1
Research, undated series 5box 2folder 2
Research, undated series 5box 2folder 3
Research, undated series 5box 2folder 4
Research, undated series 5box 2folder 5
Research, undated series 5box 3folder 1
Research, undated series 5box 3folder 2
Research, undated series 5box 3folder 3
Research, undated series 5box 3folder 4
Research, undated series 5box 4folder 1
Research, undated series 5box 4folder 2
Research, undated series 5box 4folder 3
Research, undated series 5box 4folder 4
Research, undated series 5box 4folder 5
Research, undated series 5box 4folder 6
Research, undated series 5box 5folder 1
Research, undated series 5box 5folder 2
Research, undated series 5box 5folder 3
Research, undated series 5box 6folder 1
Research, undated series 5box 6folder 2
Research, undated series 5box 6folder 3
Research, undated series 5box 6folder 4
Research, undated series 5box 7folder 1
Research, undated series 5box 7folder 2
Research, undated series 5box 7folder 3
Research, undated series 5box 7folder 4
Research, undated series 5box 7folder 5
Research, undated series 5box 7folder 6

Series 6: Meetings and Organizations, 1951-1983 (0.25 linear feet)

Series IV consists of the programs and agenda from meetings in which Montroll participated or attended, 1951-1981. It also contains correspondence and documents concerning the National Academy of Sciences dating from 1981 to 1983, and the Center for Naval Analysis, dating from 1982 to 1983. Arrangement is alphabetical.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Center for Naval Analysis, 1979-1983 series 6box 1folder 1
Meetings, 1951-1981 series 6box 1folder 2
National Academy of Sceinces -- Section Chairman, 1983 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- National Research Council, 1982 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Membership, 1981-1983 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Meetings, 198201983 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Financial, 198101983 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Correspondence, 1981-1983 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Committee on National Urban Plicy, 1981 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Biographical Memoirs, 1982-1983 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Awards and Honors, 1982-1983 series 6box 1folder 3
National Academy of Sceinces -- Article Reviews, 1981-1983 series 6box 1folder 3

Series 7: Photographs, undated (0.25 linear feet)

Series VII contains photographs of Montroll, some unidentified group pictures, and some slides of automobile traffic, probably related to his research. It also contains various slides of graphs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs series 7box 1folder 1

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