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Samuel Eilenberg Papers, 1902-1996 

Eilenberg, Samuel,
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10 linear feet (9 record cartons, 1 large clamshell box, 2 protective tubes)
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Biographical Note

Samuel Eilenberg, born in 1913 in Warsaw, was a member of Columbia University's faculty in the Mathematics Department for almost fifty years. After receiving a degree from the University of Warsaw in 1934 and his doctorate in 1936 from the Universitas Joseph Pilsudski Varsovienis, Eilenberg went to England before emigrating to the United States in 1939. In 1947, Eilenberg, after appointments at other universities, accepted an appointment in the Mathematics Department at Columbia University and served as its chairman from 1960-1963 and 1982-1983. In addition to his workat Columbia, Eilenberg was a collector of Indian and East Asian Art. After becoming Professor Emeritus in 1982, he went on to receive several honorary degrees and continued to teach in the United States as well as India. Eilenberg died in 1998.

Scope and Contents

Papers contain materials either written or collected by Samuel Eilenberg, including original mathematics notes, books and article drafts and revisions, correspondence with fellow mathematicians, friends, art museums and collectors, photographs, and family, personal and legal documents spanning 1902 to 1996. Photographs are of family, Eilenberg, and art objects. The Papers also include original travel documents such as Eilenberg's Polish passport. The bulk of the papers date from Eilenberg's tenure at Columbia University beginning in 1947.