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Finding Aid to the Anthony P. Morse papers, 1928-1985
BANC MSS 84/134 c  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Anthony P. Morse papers
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1985
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 84/134 c
    Creator: Morse, Anthony P.
    Extent: 7 cartons (8.75 linear feet)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Anthony P. Morse papers including correspondence, notes, writings, and publications.
    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


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection 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 owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Anthony P. Morse papers, BANC MSS 84/134 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Morse, Anthony P. (Anthony Perry)
    Mathematicians -- California -- Berkeley
    Berkeley (Calif.)
    Faculty papers.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Anthony P. Morse in 1981 and Trevor McMinn in 1986.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Mario H. Ramirez

    Biographical Information

    Anthony P. Morse (1911-1984) was a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his PhD from Brown University in 1937, he spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey where his work focused on abstract analysis and measure theory. On the invitation of G.C. Evans, Morse moved to Berkeley in 1939 and taught at the university, on and off, until his retirement in 1972. During World War II (1943-1945) he joined the staff of the Ballistic Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. At the Laboratory, he formed part of a group of mathematicians charged with the analysis of exterior ballistic problems that arose from military requirements, as well as theoretical investigations for anticipated needs. At Berkeley, Morse was a popular professor and concentrated on creating a unified theory of logic and sets. He published two editions of his book A Theory of Sets in 1965 and, posthumously, 1986.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Anthony P. Morse papers, 1928-1985, contain correspondence, notes, course materials, writings and publications chronicling Morse’s career at U.C. Berkeley, as well as materials related to his years as a student. Highlights include drafts and revisions of his noted book, A Theory of Sets, and copious notes demonstrating his ongoing relationship to the field of mathematics. In addition, his correspondence maps his ongoing engagement and collaboration with the ideas of such colleagues as Gilles Rocher and C.R. Adams. Equally, the course materials aptly document his pedagogical process while at the university.