Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid to the F. N. David Papers, 1921-1989
BANC MSS 95/23 c  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (120.06 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: F. N. David papers
    Date (inclusive): 1921-1989
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 95/23 c
    Creator : David, F. N. (Florence Nightingale)
    Extent: Number of containers: 10 cartons and 1 oversize folder. Linear feet: 12.5
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Documents mainly the professional life of F.N. David, although a scattering of personal items is included. Personal papers include notes and drawings from university course work, a high school autograph book, and some correspondence. Professional papers include curriculum vitae, writings, speeches, correspondence, photographs, research notes and calculations, lecture notes and background materials, and information regarding her work with the British armed forces during World War II and the United States on security issues after the war.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], F. N. David Papers, BANC MSS 95/23 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.
    Additional Notes on Collection:
    Some materials that were labeled "SECRET" based on National Security have been removed for review.

    Related Collections

    Jerzy Neyman papers: BANC MSS 84/30 c

    Separated Material

    Papers belonging to Jerzy Neyman were removed to be added to his papers.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Women statisticians
    History of science and technology collection
    David, F. N. (Florence Nightingale), 1909-1993--Archives
    University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Statistics

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The F.N. David papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Charles Stein on March 21, 1995.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff in 2008

    Biographical Information

    F.N. (Florence Nightingale) David was born on August 23, 1909 in Ivington, England. She graduated from Bedford College for Women in 1931 with a degree in Mathematics. Her intention was to become an actuary in the insurance business, but she found she could not be hired because she was a woman. Frustrated, she sought out Karl Pearson at University College in London and began graduate studies and work as his research assistant. While working on her PhD she became an assistant lecturer in the Statistics Department at University College and worked closely with Jerzy Neyman and Egon Pearson. Together they launched a new statistical journal called Statistical Research Memoirs. Encouraged by Neyman after Karl Pearson died, she completed her PhD in 1938.
    During WW II, David took advantage of new opportunities that opened up for women by working as an experimental officer for the Ordinance Board at the Ministry of Supply and a senior statistician for the Research and Experiments Department of the Ministry of Home Security. She also served on the Land Mines Committee of the Scientific Advisory Council and as a scientific advisor for the Military Experimental Establishment. After the war, she continued to work on these projects for the British government as well as conducting similar research in the United States and Canada.
    She continued as a lecturer and reader in the Statistics Department of University College until she was promoted to professor in 1962. From 1958 to 1967 she was a visiting professor and research statistician in the Department of Statistics and Applied Climatology and Forestry Division at the University of California, Berkeley. She later replaced Jerzy Neyman as chair of that department. In 1967, she came permanently to the United States, joining the Department of Biostatistics at UC Riverside and becoming the chair of the Department of Statistics in 1970. After her retirement in 1977, she returned to Berkeley as professor emeritus and research associate in biostatistics.
    David became a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1954. She authored nine books between 1938 and 1968 and wrote or co-wrote more than one hundred papers in scientific journals. She was the first recipient of the Elizabeth L. Scott award in 1992 for her "efforts in opening the door to women in statistics," which, considering her early setbacks in the London insurance industry, must have been very gratifying. In 2001, the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies and the Caucus for Women in Statistics established the F. N. David Award to reward women statisticians for acting as role models to other women through outstanding research and service.
    F. N. David died on July 23, 1993.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Documents mainly the professional life of F.N. David, although a scattering of personal items is included. Personal papers include notes and drawings from university course work, a high school autograph book, and some correspondence. Professional papers include curriculum vitae, writings, speeches, correspondence, photographs, research notes and calculations, lecture notes and background materials, and information regarding her work with the British armed forces during World War II and the United States on security issues after the war.