Finding Aid to the F. N. David Papers, 1921-1989

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Finding Aid to the F. N. David Papers, 1921-1989

Collection Number: BANC MSS 95/23 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Bancroft Library Staff
Date Completed:
October 2010
© 2010 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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
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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.

Container List

 

Series 1. Biographical Information. 1921-1988

Physical Description: Carton 1: folders 1-3

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

Includes an autograph book, curriculum vitae, publications lists, and an oral history.
Carton 1, Folder 1

Autograph book. Circa 1921

Carton 1, Folder 2

Curriculum vitas and Publications lists. 1933-1969

Carton 1, Folder 3

Oral History. 1988

 

Series 2. Correspondence. 1930-1989

Physical Description: Carton 1: folders 4-26; Carton 2: folders 1-4

Arrangement

Chronological, then alphabetical where arranged by correspondent by the creator

Scope and Content Note

Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence with colleagues and friends. There are three subjects/correspondents identified by name: Frank Haight, Jerzy Neyman, and Piero Mustacchi. Those folders have been separated from the chronological correspondence files and placed at the end of the series.
Carton 1, Folder 4-25

Correspondence. 1930-1989

Carton 1, Folder 26

Haight, Frank. 1956-1957

Carton 2, Folder 1-3

Jerzy Neyman Festschrift. 1964-1965

Carton 2, Folder 4

Mustacchi, Piero. 1965-1967

 

Series 3. Lecture Notes. 1972

Physical Description: Carton 2, folder 5

Arrangement

Arranged as received

Scope and Content Note

Includes lecture notes and background reading for a course on statistics taught in 1972
Carton 2, Folder 5

Lecture Notes. 1972

 

Series 4. Photographs. 1944-1959 and undated

Physical Description: Carton 2, folder 6

Arrangement

Arranged as received

Scope and Content Note

Includes headshots of F. N. David and group shots.
Carton 2, Folder 6

Photographs. 1944-1959 and undated

 

Series 5. Statistical Research and Data. 1969 and undated

Physical Description: Carton 2: folders 7-28; Carton 3-4

Arrangement

Arranged as received

Scope and Content Note

Includes calculations made by F. N. David in the course of her research. The subjects of the calculations are in most cases unidentified. Only two folders included any information on the subject matter; these are at the beginning of the series and are labeled "Type III". Only folder #9 includes any indication of date. These files differ from the subject files which follow in that subject files have an identifiable subject and include other materials, such as correspondence and drafts of papers.
Carton 2, Folder 7-8

Type III. undated

Carton 2, Folder 9

Statistical Research and Data. 1969 and undated

Carton 2, Folder 13-28

Statistical Research and Data. undated

Carton 3, Folder 1-25

Statistical Research and Data. undated

Carton 4, Folder 1-27

Statistical Research and Data. undated

 

Series 6. Subject Files. 1939-1967 and undated

Physical Description: Cartons 5 and 6

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

Includes statistical calculations, background materials for research, correspondence, and drafts of papers. Most of the materials are undated.
Carton 5, Folder 1

Aspirated Thermocouples. undated

Carton 5, Folder 2

C.A.T.C. 1967

Carton 5, Folder 3-5

Chromosomes. Circa 1956

Carton 5, Folder 6

Circle Runs. Undated

Carton 5, Folder 7

Cochran, William G. 1961

Carton 5, Folder 8

Complete Enumeration. undated

Carton 5, Folder 9-10

Contagions. 1939-1948

Carton 5, Folder 11

Contagious Occupancy Distribution. undated

Carton 5, Folder 12

Determinants. undated

Carton 5, Folder 13

Dispersion, Rank Test for. undated

Carton 5, Folder 14

Diversity. undated

Carton 5, Folder 15-17

Diversity Mapping. undated

Carton 5, Folder 18

Diversity, Measures of. undated

Carton 5, Folder 19

Fitch, Elaine. 1950-1953

Carton 5, Folder 20

History of Games of Chance. Circa 1956

Carton 5, Folder 21-23

Islands. Circa 1957

Carton 5, Folder 24-25

Lattices. undated

Carton 5, Folder 26

Lattices, Alternate. undated

Carton 5, Folder 27

Lattices with Balls. undated

Carton 5, Folder 28

Matching. 1964

Carton 6, Folder 1

Matched Pairs and Randomization. undated

Carton 6, Folder 2

Normal Bivariate Surface: Negative. undated

Carton 6, Folder 3

Normal Bivariate Surface: Positive. undated

Carton 6, Folder 4-5

Ordered Intervals of a Line. undated

Carton 6, Folder 6

Polykays. undated

Carton 6, Folder 7-10

Polykays of Natural Numbers. undated

Carton 6, Folder 11

Rain. undated

Carton 6, Folder 12

Randomization Regression. undated

Carton 6, Folder 13

Randomness. 1947

Carton 6, Folder 14

Ranking Correlations. undated

Carton 6, Folder 15

Restricted Occupancy Problem. undated

Carton 6, Folder 16

Runs. undated

Carton 6, Folder 17

Sampling Distributions. undated

Carton 6, Folder 18

Sequential Golliwogs Problem. undated

Carton 6, Folder 19-20

Sequential Occupancy. 1964

Carton 6, Folder 21-22

Serial Correlations. undated

Carton 6, Folder 23

Slides. Circa 1968

Carton 6, Folder 24-27

Symmetric Functions. 1952-1965

Carton 6, Folder 28

Weight Loss. undated

Carton 6, Folder 29-30

Wilcox Alternative. undated

 

Series 7. Talks and Speeches. 1971-1980 and undated

Physical Description: Carton 7, folders 1-7

Arrangement

Chronologically by date, then alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

Includes talks and speeches given by David and related correspondence. The series is organized chronologically, then alphabetically by title or subject, where the material is undated. File titles given by David were preserved.
Carton 7, Folder 1

Lecture for B&A. December 21, 1971

Carton 7, Folder 2

Farr, William. 1980

Carton 7, Folder 3

Adolphe Quétalet Talk. 1980

Carton 7, Folder 4-5

History of Probability and Statistics. undated

Carton 7, Folder 6

Poisson, Simeon-Denis. undated

Carton 7, Folder 7

Unidentified speech. undated

 

Series 8. Writings and Publications. 1932-1989 and undated

Physical Description: Carton 7, folders 8-34; Carton 8

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by type of writing (biographies, book reviews, books, drafts, history, reprints, scientific and technical reports), then alphabetically by title or subject or chronologically where dates were available. One folder contains reviews of David's work.

Scope and Content Note

Includes biographies, book reviews, books, drafts, history, reprints, scientific and technical reports written or contributed to by David. A copy of her publications list from 1932-1972 is the first folder in the series.
Carton 7, Folder 8

Publications list. 1932-1972

Carton 7

Biographies. 1963-1989

Carton 7, Folder 9

Galton, Francis. 1963

Carton 7, Folder 10

Miscellaneous drafts. undated

Carton 7, Folder 11

Nightingale, Florence. undated

Carton 7, Folder 12

Pearson, Karl. undated

Carton 7, Folder 13

Obituary: Scott, Elizabeth. 1989

Carton 7, Folder 14-17

Book Reviews. 1950-1973

 

Books. 1961 and undated

Carton 7, Folder 18

Elementary Statistical Exercises. 1961

Carton 7, Folder 19

Gods, Games, and Gambling. undated

Carton 7, Folder 20-21

The Golden Journey. undated

Carton 7, Folder 22-23

History manuscript. undated

Carton 7, Folder 24-30

The Practice of Statistics. undated

Carton 7, Folder 31

Probability Theory for Statistical Methods. 1947-1950

 

Drafts. 1951-1966 and undated

Carton 7, Folder 32

Drafts. 1951-1954

Carton 7, Folder 33-34

Dicing and Gambling. undated

Carton 8, Folder 1

"History of Statistics." undated

Carton 8, Folder 2-3

"Models of Functional Relationship." undated

Carton 8, Folder 4

Mortality. undated

Carton 8, Folder 5

"Patterns in the Application of Statistical Methods to Political Science Research." undated

Carton 8, Folder 6

"Three Tests for Space-Time Interaction." 1966

Carton 8, Folder 7

Drafts. undated

 

History. 1958 and undated

Carton 8, Folder 8

"The Doctrine of Chances." undated

Carton 8, Folder 9-10

History (draft). undated

Carton 8, Folder 11

Miscellaneous Drafts. undated

Carton 8, Folder 12

"Mr. Newton, Mr. Pepys and Dyse." 1958

Carton 8, Folder 16-30

Reprints. 1930-1980

Carton 8, Folder 31

Reviews of F. N. David. 1963-1967

Carton 8, Folder 32

Scientific Reports: "Pressure as a Function of Distance." 1962

Carton 8, Folder 33

Scientific Reports: "An "Effective" Stochastic Model for Interpreting the Correlation between the Precipitation at 2 Stations." 1963

Carton 8, Folder 34

Technical Reports #5 and 6: Measurement of Diversity." 1970

Carton 8, Folder 35

Technical Reports: "Karl Pearson and Correlation." 1976

 

Series 9. Notebooks 1932 and undated

Physical Description: Carton 9; Carton 10, folders 1-7

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

Includes notebooks from classes and other research activities. Some may be from David's secondary school years and include drawings on the subjects of anatomy, biology, and botany. A few may date from her undergraduate career.
Carton 9, Folder 1

Anatomy. undated

Carton 9, Folder 2-3

Biology. undated

Carton 9, Folder 4-5

Botony. Undated

Carton 9, Folder 6

Comparative Biology. undated

Carton 9, Folder 7

Fix, Evelyn. undated

Carton 9, Folder 8

Harmonic Analysis. undated

Carton 9, Folder 9

Historical Notes. undated

Carton 9, Folder 10

Physiology. undated

Carton 9, Folder 11

Probability Notes. undated

Carton 9, Folder 12

Professor Aitkins Notes on the Theory of Symmetric and Alternative Polynomials. undated

Carton 9, Folder 13-16

Professor Pearson Notebooks, I-IV. 1932 and undated

Carton 10, Folder 1-2

Professor Pearson Notebooks, V-VI. undated

Carton 10, Folder 3-6

Statistical. undated

Carton 10, Folder 7

Zoology Practical Book. undated

 

Series 10. World War II and Defense Work. 1941-1945

Physical Description: Carton 10, folders 8-13; Oversize Folder 1

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

Includes reports, publications, and background materials relating to the work David performed for the British Armed Forces during World War II. Also included are materials relating to work that she did for the British, U. S. and Canadian governments after the war was over. This material has mostly been removed for declassification review.
Carton 10, Folder 8

Curves for P% Circles and Average Radial Error. 1944

Carton 10, Folder 9

Expectation in Multiple Combat; Combat Variants. 1941

Carton 10, Folder 10-11

Monograph: "The Blast Detonation of Anti-Tank and Anti-Personnel Mines." 1945

Carton 10, Folder 12

Notebook and Data Sheets. Circa 1943

Carton 10, Folder 13

The Phenomenon of Aerial Aim-Wander. 1945

Oversize B, Folder 1

Stranded Charge File. 1945