Guide to the Benjamin Abram Bernstein papers, 1901-1963

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Guide to the Benjamin Abram Bernstein Papers, 1901-1963

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 969

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University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Benjamin Abram Bernstein Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1901-1963
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 969
Creator: Bernstein, Benjamin Abram
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 3 cartons and 1 oversize folder
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts of articles, notes and related papers concerning his career as professor of mathematics, University of California, Berkeley.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Benjamin Abram Bernstein, BANC MSS C-B 969, The Bancroft Library, Universtity of California, Berkeley

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Bancroft Library by Bernstein's daughter, Mrs. Tybel Litwin, in March and April 1965. A few papers were transferred from the University Archives in February, 1965.


Benjamin Abram Bernstein, mathematician, born in 1881 in Posvol, Lithuania, came to the United States as a child in 1891. He took his degree at Johns Hopkins and did his graduate work at the University of California in Berkeley. Teaching at the University of California since 1907, he specialized in postulate theory, Boolean algebra and the mathematics of logic, and published many articles in professional journals.

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts of various articles, some papers relating to the teaching of courses, papers contributed by students, and copious mathematical notes.
A key to arrangement follows, and a partial list of correspondents is appended.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1:

Outgoing letters of Bernstein, 1921-1963


Incoming letters: single items placed in A-Z miscellany, followed by folders containing twoor more items, arranged alphabetically.

Carton 1:





Exams, reading lists




Mss. of articles, arranged alphabetically by title


Student papers, arranged alphabetically by name of student


Miscellany (includes snapshots of Yosemite and the Canadian Rockies, 1914 diary of trip to Palestine and Europe, etc.)

Carton 2:

Math notes, roughly sorted by subject

Carton 3:

School papers, themes and compositions


Notes (in notebooks, mainly re mathematics)

portfolio Oversize portfolio:

Diplomas, etc.

Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany (Single items)


American Journal of Mathematics


Letter, Jan. 17, 1935 by A. Cohen


Church, Alonzo, 1903-


Letter, May 11, 1944


Ficken, Frederick Arthur, 1910-


Letter, n. d.


Foster, Alfred Leon, 1904-


Letter, May 8, 1932


Foster, Ronald Martin, 1896-


Letter, May 29, 1936


Griffin, Edward Herrick, 1843-1929


Letter, n.d.


Hardy, Godfrey Harold, 1877-1947


Letter, May 20, 1932


Humphreys, Milton Wylie, 1844-


Letter, Feb. 24, 1906


Hurwitz, Wallie Abraham, 1886-


Letter, Sept. 30, 1921


Journal of Symbolic Logic


Letter, Nov. 10, 1953 by S.C. Kleene


Langford, Cooper Harold, 1895-


Letter, June 11, 1928


MacLane, Saunders, 1909-


Letter, Aug. 1, l934


McMurray, Orrin Kip, 1869-


Letter, Sept. 5, 1918


Mathematical Reviews


Letter, Apr. 10, 1943 by O. Neugebauer


Moore, RobertLee, 1882-


Letter, May 19, 1922


Parker, William Lawrence, 1921-


Letter, Apr. 2, 1953


Peano, Giuseppe, 1858-


Postcard, Feb. 29, 1928


Re, Alfonso del, 1859-


Postcard, Feb. 22, 1917


San Francisco Bulletin


Letter, July 28, 1945 by Oscar Ingels


Sánchez Díaz, Rafael, 1901-


Letter, May 5, 1943


Stabler, Edward Russel, 1906-


Letter, Aug. 30, 1944


Stone, Marshall Harvey, 1903-


Letter, Nov. 3, 1933


Valpola, Veli


Letter, Dec. 12, 1957


Ward, Morgan


Letter, Apr. 20, 1936


Whittaker, Sir Edmund Taylor, 1873-


Letter, May 17, 1934


Wisconsin, University


Letter, Apr. 11, 1947 by R.E. Langer


Wolf, Frantisek


Letter, Feb. 19, 1945


American Mathematical Society


14 letters, 1925-1944, by C. C. MacDuffee, A. D. Michal, D. R. Curtiss, J.R. Kline, R. D. Carmichael, W. R. Longley, A. B. Coble, H. H. Mitchell and others, re articles for the Society.

See also Hedrick, Earle Raymond.


Annals of Mathematics


2 letters, 1929-1938, by E. Hille and A. W. Tucker


Association for Symbolic Logic


13 letters, l937-1947, mainly by Haskell B. Curry. Miscellaneous papers of the Association placed at end of folder.


California. University


14 letters, 1907-1962, by Paul H. Daus, Alfred Tarski, Irving Stringham, M. E. Deutsch, R. G. Sproul and others.


Carmichael, Robert Daniel, 1879-


American Mathematical Society


Chao, Yüan-jen, 1892-


2 letters, 1939


Coble, Arthur Byron, 1878-


American Mathematical Society


Cohen, Abraham, 1870-


American Journal of Mathematics


Curry, Haskell Brooks, 1900-


Association for Symbolic Logic


Curtiss, David Raymond, 1878-1953


American Mathematical Society


Daus, Paul Harold, 1894-


California. University


Deutsch, Monroe Emanuel, 1879-1955


California. University


Dürr, Karl


2 letters, 1958


Ginsburg, Jekuthiel, 1889-


Scripta Mathematica


Greene, Herbert Eveleth, 1858-


2 letters, 1905


Hedrick, Earle Raymond, 1876-1943


44 letters, 1907-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Some written as editor, American Mathematical Society Bulletin.

Hille, Einar


Annals of Mathematics


Huntington, Edward Vermilye, 1874-


9 letters, 1914-1936


Keyser, Cassius Jackson, 1862-1947


7 letters, 1921-1931


Kleene, Stephen Cole, 1909-


Journal of Symbolic Logic


Kline, John Robert, 1891-1955


American Mathematical Society


Ladd-Franklin, Christine, l847-1930


6 letters, 1917-1929


Langer, Rudolph Ernest, 1894-


Wisconsin. University


Levit, Robert Jules, 1916-


3 letters, 1942-1944


Lewis, Clarence Irving, 1883-


6 letters, 1932-1933


Longley, William Raymond, 1880-


American Mathematical Society


MacDuffee, Cyrus Colton, 1895-


American Mathematical Society


McKinsey, John Charles Chenoweth, 1908-


5 letters, 1934-1945


Michal, Aristotle D, 1899-


American Mathematical Society


Mitchell, Howard Hawks, 1885-1943


American Mathematical Society


Morley, Frank, 1860-1937


3 letters, 1905-1919


Neugebauer, Otto, 1899-


Mathematical Reviews


Philbrick, Francis, 1876-


2 letters, 1920-1925


Pierpont, James, 1886-1938


3 letters, 1930-1933


Scripta Mathematica


3 letters, 1934-1951, by J. Ginsburg


Sheldon, William Herbert, 1899-


2 letters, 1929


Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-


California. University


Stringham, Irving, 1847-1909


California. University


Tarski, Alfred, 1903-


California. University


Tucker, Albert William, 1905-


Annals of Mathematics


Winther, Fritz, 1881-


3 postcards, 1920-1926