Female African-American Mathematicians Bibliography


Query From Kriste Lindenmeyer 22 Jan 1998 Dear H-Women subscribers:

I have a student who has identified some of the first female African American mathematicians. But she has found few sources. She has used some of the most obvious encyclopedias (for example the 100 Black Women in American History).I thought that H-Women subscribers might be able to help her find more detail about these women.

Keyona has included a brief biography of each woman at least what she has found so far) in the paragraphs below. Any further advice about researching this topic would be very much appreciated.


From TTU::KNS7090 "Key Stewart" Tenn. Tech. U.20-JAN-1998

I would like to work on the level of how these women made/or did not make a difference for African American women,and the impact they had on the math profession.

***Evelyn Boyd Granville**- born on May 1,1924 in Washington, D.C.; She was encouraged by Ulysses Basset and Mary Cromwell, who were at sometime her math teachers.She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 1945 and elected to Phi Beta Kappa; Obtained her Ph.D from Yale Univ.; Spent a year at New York Institute as a research assistant then a part time instructor at NY; Later appointed to a associate professor at Fisk Univ.; Two former students-Vivienne Malone Meyers and Etta Zuber Falconer received their Ph.D's as well.; Dr. Granville worked at IBM involving herself in several of their projects, later becomes a research specialist (1956-1960). In 1963, she returned to IBM as a mathematician,four years went by and she took a teaching job at California State Univ, got married, retired at Cal State and then moved to Texas taking a job at Texas College (Tyler,Texas).In 1989, Dr. Granville earned an honorary doctorate from Smith College.

****Marjorie Lee Browne***- born Sept. 9, 1974, died Oct. 19,1979....born in Memphis,TN; encouraged by her step-mother and father; graduated cum laude from Howard Univ. 1935; earned a M.S. in mathematics from the Univ. of Michigan;joined the faculty & staff of Wiley College (Marshall, TX); worked on her doctorate in Michigan during the summer term; worked at North Carolina College(NC Central Univ); later became chairperson of the Mathematics Depart. and resigned from her position and started at NCCU until 1979. Dr. Browne donated a lot of time and money to further the education of students who could not afford it nor were ready for college level.

I am also interested in Georgia Caldwell Smith who was the third woman to receive her Ph.D, but died soon thereafter.

I would also be very much appreciative if you have any information on*Elbert F. Cox*who was the first man to receive his Ph.D from Cornell ~Univ.in 1924.
Any information on these people would be very much appreciated.

Responses:

Carney-Smith, Dr. Jessie _Epic Lives: 100 Black Women Who Made A Difference_, and her latest book, (as editor) _Black Firsts: 2000 Years of Extraordinary Achievement_(Visible Ink Press, Gale Research, Detroit, 1994).

Grinstein, Louise S. and Paul Campbell, Eds., _Women of Mathematics: A Bibliographic Sourcebook_(A resource found on the H-Women web site: http://h-net.msu.edu/~women

Other Contacts:

Dr. Carolyn Mahoney at California State University, San Marcos. Find her through the CSUSM web page at http://www.csusm.edu

Contact the National Women's History Project in Santa Rosa, CA. E-mail is nwhp@aol.com

Dr. Jessie Carney Smith at Fisk University in Nashville, TN.

Back issues of _Jet_ and _Ebony_ magazine, if they are held at some institution

Try the local reference librarians in the main towns (city and county libraries) where these women lived and worked, as well as local historical societies.

On the Web: Try Archives of Women in Science and Engineering(WISE) Their URL is http://www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/wise/wise.html and their listing of other related web sites at http://www.lid.iastate.edu/spc l/wise/web.html

Contact the Association of Women Mathematicians (AWM?)

Dr. Joan Berman at Columbia University

Dr. Jean Taylor at Rutgers Univ.

Try the website on African Americans and the sciences: possibly at LSU

Check the _Encyclopedia of Associations_ for the National Association of Mathematicians. Headquartered at either Virginia State or Virginia Union.