New Pythagoreans Mathematical Society: Minutes and papers

Scope and Content

1. Minutes (4 volumes)

  • 1946-1950
  • 1950-1960
  • 1960-1971
  • 1971-1985

2. Accounts and papers (1 folder)

  • Account book, 1946-1949
  • Members' book, 1958-1968
  • Accounts, 1969-1979
  • Receipts, 1969-1979
  • Credit book, 1971-1979
  • Copies of the constitution

Administrative / Biographical History

The background to the formation of the society is described in a note, dated February 1946, by the secretary, J.S.R. Chisholm, of Christ's College, at the front of the first minute book:

In the Michaelmas Term 1945, the President of the Archimedians held a meeting of those interested in reforming the New Pythagoreans. At the meeting a small committee was set up for this purpose. The secretary arranged three meetings of the Society for Lent Term, 1946, and arrangements for enrolling members were made.

The first meeting of the society was held on 24 January 1946. Membership was drawn initially from Christ's, Emmanuel, Gonville and Caius, Jesus and Sidney Sussex Colleges, with Girton as an associate member. Full membership was granted subsequently to Girton (1947), Downing (1958), Trinity Hall (1975) and C.C.A.T. (1984).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Most of the collection was deposited by the New Pythagoreans Mathematical Society, 6 March 1980. Additional material was added subsequently.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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