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Addition to Frank Morley collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Frank Morley (1860-1937) was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, to Quaker parents. Morley entered King's College, Cambridge in 1879, but only completed his undergraduate studies in 1884 due to illness. He then attended Bath College, 1884-1887. Morley then came to the United States to serve as professor of mathematics at Haverford College, a position he occupied until 1900. In 1889, he married Lilian Janet Bird; they had three sons, Christopher, Felix, and Frank. In 1900, Morley was called to the Johns Hopkins University as professor and head of the mathematics department, a position that included editorship of the American Journal of Mathematics. The program was in disarray, and Morley was largely successful in remedying the situation. Morley served as professor and department head until his retirement in 1928, and continued to supervise doctoral students until 1931. Morley was a celebrated mathematician and professor. As well as presidency of the American Mathematical Society, 1919-1920, Morley made many contributions to the field of mathematics, including the book Inversive Geometry (1933), which was the product of a 20 year collaboration with his son, Frank V. Morley.

This collection includes the mathematical publications of Frank Morley, including reprintings from articles published in mathematical journals and bound full length volumes. Also included in the collection is an original inventory of the contents of the larger collection and a memorium for Morley following his death.

This collection is arranged in two series, Mathematical Publications and Miscellaneous.

Processed by Alexandra Stern; completed January, 2019.


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alexandra Stern
Finding Aid Date
January, 2019
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

"The "No-Rolling" Curves of Amsler's Planimeter", 1899.
Box 1
"Note on the Congruence 2^4n ☰ (–)^n (2n)! / (n!)^2, Where 2n + 1 is a Prime", 1895.
Box 1
"Note on Geometric Inferences from Algebraic Symmetry", undated.
Box 1
"On Critic Centres", undated.
Box 1
Reprintings, 1900-1937.
Box 1
Reprintings, 1897-1940.
Box 1
Reprintings, 1899-1953.
Box 1
"8 Memoirs on Reflexible Geometry", 1900-1912.
Box 1
"Inversive Geometry", 1933.
Box 1

"Frank Morley - In Memorium", 1938.
Box 1

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