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Mathematical Association of America--Southeastern Section Collection

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Title: Mathematical Association of America--Southeastern Section Collection
Identification: MS312
Date: 1971-2008 (bulk 1990-2008)
Size/Quantity: 0.8 linear feet (one record center carton)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Mathematical Association of America. Southeastern Section.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains materials relating to the history of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America, as well as documentation of the annual meetings held by the Section. By-laws, newsletters, resumes of recent officers, and some financial information are also included in the collection.
General noteAs more materials are added to the collection, Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management will expand this finding aid. Please note that the arrangement of the collection may change as the collection expands.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Mathematical Association of America, a group that focuses on undergraduate mathematics education, was officially formed at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in December 1915. Almost immediately mathematicians and administrators saw the need for a Southeastern Section, but several attempts to organize the section failed, mainly due to World War I. Finally, on April 22, 1922, the first meeting of the Southeastern Section took place in the Main Building of the Georgia School of Technology. Sixty-three people attended the meeting, including fifteen who were listed as the section's founding members, among them Floyd Field, professor of mathematics at the Georgia School of Technology. The goals of the section were the presentation and discussion of papers, the improvement of mathematics teaching and libraries, and cooperation among organizations.

After the initial meeting of the Section, meetings were held annually in March or April. Early meetings took place at Agnes Scott College (1923), University of Georgia (1924), Phillips High School in Birmingham (1925), Emory University (1926), University of South Carolina (1927), and Duke University (1928). Generally, a guest speaker presented at each of these meetings, six or seven papers were read, and a banquet was held. Between forty and seventy people attended the first few meetings, but by 1928 about 100 were in attendance. The organization continued to expand during the 1930s, with additions both in attendees and in the number of papers read. By 1940 attendance had increased to 300, with a total of forty-two papers presented.

After a hiatus between 1942 and 1945 because of World War II, meetings of the Section began again with the twenty-fifth annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina in April 1946. Attendance gradually increased during the post-war years, so that by 1950 attendees at the twenty-ninth meeting at the University of Florida numbered about 250. Meetings throughout the 1950s and 1960s continued to draw between 200 and 300 people, with a total of between twenty and forty papers at each meeting.

In 1967, a group from Florida decided to form its own regional section of MAA because of the growth of the university and the mathematical community. Members from Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone transferred from the Southeastern to the Florida Section. In spite of the founding of the new section, the meetings of the Southeastern Section continued to attract between 200 and 300 people during the late 1960s and 1970s.

One of the most active members of the Southeastern Section during the 1970s through the 1990s was John D. Neff (1926-1998), professor in the School of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1961 to 1997 and Director of the School from 1972 to 1978. Neff acted as Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeastern Section from 1972 to 1978, and he served as Governor from 1979 to 1980. Neff was awarded the Section's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994.

The Southeastern Section has continued to operate with its original principles of promoting teaching and scholarship, building mathematical libraries, and cooperating with other organizations. Meetings continue to be held annually in March or April. As the Section has developed, it has expanded to include junior colleges and undergraduate students. The organization has published a newsletter since 1981, and it maintains its own Web site.


The folders are currently listed alphabetically by folder title.

Index Terms

Mathematical Association of America.
Mathematics--Study and teaching.
Neff, John D., 1926-1998

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Mathematical Association of America--Southeastern Section Collection (MS312), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Joe Albree and Virginia Watson donated these materials to the Georgia Tech Archives in 2005 and 2006 (accession numbers 2005.013, 2005.040, 2005.065, 2005.105, 2006.201 and 2006.212). Accruals : Accession 2006.228 donated November 2006; accession 2007.083 donated in September 2007; accessions 2008.017 and 2008.019 donated in April 2008.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these materials in September 2006.


Additions to this collection are planned. Accession 2007.083 added September 2007. Accessions 2006.228, 2008.017, and 2008.019 added in June 2009.

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    11Abstracts, 74th Annual Meeting, March 31 - April 1, 1995
    131Abstracts, 86th Annual Meeting, March 15 - 17, 2007
    12Abstracts, Joint Conference, March 31 - April 1, 2006
    13Abstracts, Undergraduate poster session, April 1, 2006
    14Account book, June 1990 - July 1996
    15By-Laws: Proposed amendments, 1996
    140By-Laws, 2006
    16Calls for papers, 1993; 1995; 1999
    17 "The First Sixty Years, 1922-1982", March 1982
    18 Focus (Newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America) Vol. 25 No. 6, August-September 2005
    19Meeting programs, 1971; 1977
    110Meeting programs, 1981-1989
    111Meeting programs, 1990-1998
    112Meeting programs, 2000-2002
    113Meeting programs, 2003-2006
    130Meeting programs, 2007-2008
    114Meeting registrants list, April 10-11, 1992
    115Meeting site report, March 11-12, 2005
    116Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 2, Fall 1981
    117Newsletters, Vol. 9 No. 1 - Vol. 10 No. 2, Spring 1990-Fall 1991
    118Newsletters, Vol. 11 No. 1 - Vol. 12 No. 2, Spring 1992-Fall 1993
    119Newsletters, Vol. 13 No. 1 - Vol. 14 No. 2, Spring 1994-Fall 1995
    120Newsletters, Vol. 15 No. 1 - Vol. 16 No. 2, Spring 1996-Fall 1997
    121Newsletters, Vol. 17 No. 1 - Vol. 18 No. 2, Spring 1998-Fall 1999
    122Newsletters, Vol. 19 No. 1 - Vol. 20 No. 2, Spring 2000-Fall 2001
    123Newsletters, Vol. 21 No. 1 - Vol. 22 No. 2, Spring 2002-Fall 2003
    124Newsletters, Vol. 23 No. 1 - Vol. 24 No. 2, Spring 2004-Fall 2005
    125Newsletters, Vol. 25 Vol. 1, Spring 2006
    126Photograph: TICAP, 1992
    133Program: SIAM-SEAS Math/CS Jeopardy contest, March 2003
    127Resumes: Section Chairs, 2001-2007
    128Resumes: Section Vice-Chairs, 2005-2007
    141Resume: Editor - Section Newsletter, 2002-2005
    132Resumes: Section Governors, 2003-2006
    134Resume: Section Historian, 2001-2008
    135Resumes: Section Lecturers, 2005-2007
    136Resume: Secretary-Treasurer, 2006
    137Resumes: State Directors, 2006
    138Resumes: State Liaisons, 2006
    139Resume: Webmaster, 2006
    129Resumes: Other Section officers, 1990-2007