Guide to the William P. Drews Papers

Annie Wiederhold
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
Copyright © 2013 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Overview

Call Number: SC1175
Creator: Drews, William P.
Title: William P. Drews papers
Dates: 1982-1995
Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Administrative Information

Information about Access

The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Biographical/Historical note

William P. Drews (1926-1999), commonly called Bill, studied at Berkeley under George Dantzig from December through June of 1962. Bill Drews was employed by Esso (now Exxon Mobil) in operations research and used linear programming techniques to assist with the company’s long range planning. He used George Dantzig (later a professor at Stanford University) as a consultant many times for assistance in solving massive linear programming problems. Bill and one of his co-workers published a paper “MATHEMATICAL APPROACH TO LONG-RANGE PLANNING” By Leo Rapoport and William P. Drews Harvard Business Review Vol. 40, No- 3, May–June 1962, pp. 75–87.
Drews was the source of the "Drews institutionalized divvy economy" paper by George Dantzig from 1973, and presented a paper at the symposium honoring Dantzig's 85th birthday.
Drews retired from Exxon in 1982, but he worked on and completed a monograph on a computable function space for the optimization of linear programming before he died in 1999.

Scope and Contents

William P. Drews (1926-1999) worked at Exxon for many years. When he retired in 1982, he began working on a monograph on a computable function space for the optimization of linear programming. This collection contains three boxes of working files for his monograph. Drews created a code or abbreviation for many of the subject files related to the monograph.
The collection also includes some correspondence and monograph revisions from Drews’ son Carl Drews and Drews’ friend and colleague Richard G. Segers.

Access Terms

Correspondence.
Linear programming.
Mathematics.
Operations research.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Monograph files 1980-1990

Physical Description: 9 folder(s)
Language of Material: English
Box 1

Monograph drafts 1982-1990

Physical Description: 3 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 4

Monograph research 1980-1982

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1

Monograph technical notes 1984-1986

Physical Description: 2 folder(s)
Box 1

Monograph example calculations 1984-1985

Physical Description: 2 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 9

Monograph chapter 6 figures 1983-1984

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1-3

Coded monograph subject files 1986-1995

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 10

COMPROOT 1991-1993

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 11

CTPC 1987

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 12

DETVOL 1992

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 11

DR 1992

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 13

EGALE1 1988

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 14

ESIMP 1988-1989

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 15

T3SEL 1988

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 16-17

TBAC 1989-1990

Physical Description: 2 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 18

TCJP 1989

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 1, Folder 19

TDLOBJ 1988

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 1-7

TDEMNWIND 1992-1995

Physical Description: 7 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 8

THOD 1987

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 9

THP 1989

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 10

THPRSPHR 1992

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 11

TLF 1988

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 12

TNC 1985

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 13

TNCRF 1986

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 14-16

TNDP 1986-1987

Physical Description: 3 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 17

TNS 1985

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 2, Folder 18-23

TNTRI 1987

Physical Description: 6 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 1

TPF 1989

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 2-5

TSPO 1987-1989

Physical Description: 4 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 6

TRANSH 1988

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 7-9

TWIND 1990

Physical Description: 3 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 10

UFACT 1993

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3

Non-coded monograph subject files 1983-1993

Physical Description: 13 folder(s)
Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 12

BH Matrix 1993

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 13

Calculations relating to behavior of remote second-part ratio test not dated

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 14

Can Delta Functions Appear in both Primal and Dual Solutions at the Same Join Point? 1983

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 15

A Class of Functions Which is Closed Under the Inverse-Kernel Operation 1988

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 16

Coverage Revisited 1993

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 17

Pair-Interval Problem 1983

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3

Pontryagin 1990-1991

Physical Description: 3 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 21

The Ratio Test as a Single-Variable Optimization Problem 1984

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 22

“Rieman Cats” (for Winding-Number Purposes) in n-Space 1993

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 23

Solution to the Delaying Exponential Problem 1987-1989

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 24

Untitled miscellaneous monograph notes and research 1986-1993

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3

Miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: 2 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 25

Protractor undated

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Box 3, Folder 26

Research DIV File negatives undated

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)