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Thomas Banchoff collection of materials relating to Edwin Abbott Abbott (Ms.2011.016)

Brown University Library

Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Scope & content

The collection comprises material collected by Thomas Banchoff, a professor of mathematics at Brown University. It is focused primarily on public education in England and one of the most prominent pioneers, Edwin Abbott Abbott. It is arranged into 1 series: Edwin Abbott Abbott. It consists of the following material: Photographs: photographs of Edwin Abbott Abbott, his family, his wife's gravestone. Also Basil Blackwell (founder of Blackwell Press), Israel Gollancz (cofounder of British Academy, student of Abbott) and his son Oliver, Frank V. Mortley (reviewer of Flatland), John Patterson (lawyer and friend), Alfred Vardi (schoolmaster, friend). There are also photographs of Thomas Banchoff in England. Correspondence: letters to his friends, associates, and family. Notebooks: 1 notebook allegedly belonging to Abbott. Clippings: newspaper clippings highlighting various individuals related to Abbott and their achievements, also Abbott's obituary.