Finding Aid to Robert Spira Correspondence, 1960-1981

Jack Doran and Jae Mauthe
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/
© 2012
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to Robert Spira Correspondence, 1960-1981

Collection number: BANC MSS 84/62 c

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/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Jack Doran and Jae Mauthe
Date Completed:
13 September 2011
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Robert Spira Correspondence
Date (inclusive): 1960-1981
Collection Number: BANC MSS 84/62 c
Creator: Spira, Robert Samuel, 1927-
Extent: 1 carton 1.2 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: Consists of personal, academic and professional correspondence of Robert Spira during his time as associate professor of Mathematics at Michigan State University and assistant professor of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee.
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

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Spira Correspondence, BANC MSS 84/62 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Spira, Robert
Mathematicians -- California -- Berkeley
Michigan State University. Dept. of Mathematics -- Faculty.
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Mathematics -- Students.
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Mathematics.
Faculty papers

Administrative Information

The Robert Spira correspondence was given to the Bancroft Library by Dr. Robert Spira on December 7, 1983.
No additions are expected.

Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Biography/Organization History

Correspondence of Robert S. Spira, University of California, Berkeley. Dept of Mathematics Ph.D 1962. Associate Professor Department of Mathematics at Michigan State University 1967 and Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee 1964-1967. Published several plays in 1980-2001.
Robert Samuel Spira was born on Dec. 12, 1927 in Detroit, MI. He earned a BA (1957) and a PhD (1962) in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, having written a dissertation titled, “Sums of Two Squares and Brahmagutpa’s Formula” under the instruction of Prof. Derrick Henry Lehmer. While at Berkeley, he met Robert E. Bowen, a peer in the mathematics field who would also be a friend to Spira until Bowen’s death in 1978.
Spira taught mathematics as assistant professor at Duke University (1962-1964), University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1964-1967) and associate professor at Michigan State University, East Lansing (1967-1982).
While the bulk of the Robert S. Spira Correspondence provides letters on various mathematical formulas and theories, the collection also reveals Spira’s interest in politics and the medical field with a special focus on forms of contraception. His interest in theater would result in the publication of several plays and a position as Artistic Director at the Quartz Theater in Ashland, Oregon. He also wrote a translation of The Book of Matthew as well as two books on Western Religion.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of personal, academic and professional correspondence of Robert Spira during his time as associate professor of Mathematics at Michigan State University (1964) and assistant professor of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee (1964-1967).
The letters date from 1960-1981 and contain Robert Spira’s correspondence with students, faculty and peers as well as letters to the editor written by Spira. Most items are typed and dated, especially those which are of an official or formal nature.
Collection arrived in rough chronological order, except in cases in which there was heavy correspondence with Spira’s friends and/or colleagues. The first five folders contain the letters to these colleagues in alphabetical order: Berndt, Bruce C.; Bowen, Robert E.; Cohen, Eckford; Fisk, Stephen and Schoenfeld, Lowell.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Robert Spira correspondence 1960-1981

 

Subseries 1.1: Primary Correspondents 1961-1978

Arrangement

Alphabetical
carton 1, folder 1

Correspondence with Bruce C. Berndt 1967 1970-1975

carton 1, folder 2

Correspondence with Robert Edward Bowen 1961-1970 1978

carton 1, folder 3

Correspondence with Eckford Cohen 1967-1971 1973-1974

carton 1, folder 4

Correspondence with Stephen Fisk 1964-1969 1972

carton 1, folder 5

Correspondence with Lowell Schoenfeld 1965-1970 1972

 

Subseries 1.2: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1960-1981

Arrangement

Chronological
carton 1, folder 6

Correspondence 1960-1963 1970-1975

carton 1, folder 7

Correspondence 1964-1965

carton 1, folder 8

Correspondence 1966

carton 1, folder 9

Correspondence 1967

carton 1, folder 10

Correspondence 1968

carton 1, folder 11

Correspondence 1969

carton 1, folder 12

Correspondence 1970

carton 1, folder 13

Correspondence 1971

carton 1, folder 14

Correspondence 1972

carton 1, folder 15

Correspondence 1973

carton 1, folder 16

Correspondence 1974-1975

carton 1, folder 17

Correspondence 1976

carton 1, folder 18

Correspondence 1977-1978

carton 1, folder 19

Correspondence 1979-1980

carton 1, folder 20

Correspondence 1980

carton 1, folder 21

Correspondence 1981