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GB 141 D599 - Archive of the University of Liverpool: Papers of Dr. Rosalind Cecilia Hildegard Tanner; including papers of her parents W H Young and Grace C Young
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Archive of the University of Liverpool: Papers of Dr. Rosalind Cecilia Hildegard Tanner; including papers of her parents W H Young and Grace C Young

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This material is held at University of Liverpool Library, Special Collections and Archives
Reference Number(s) GB 141 D599
Dates of Creation 1883 - 1991
Name of Creator University of Liverpool
Language of Material All of the material is in English unless otherwise stated
Physical Description 51 boxes

Scope and Content

Papers of Dr R C H Tanner. Comprising of papers of her parents William Henry Young and Grace Chisholm Young, and of her brothers and sisters; papers from her student days and later employment in the Mathematics Department of Imperial College, London, including her involvement in establishing a mathematical research seminar at Imperial College; research notes, correspondence and other material relating to her mathematical research, including her work on the Elizabethan mathematician Thomas Harriot, and the establishment of the Thomas Harriot Seminars at Oxford University and Durham University.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rosalind Cecilia Hildegard Tanner (nee Young) was born on 5 February 1900. The daughter of the mathematicians Grace Chisholm Young (1868-1944) and William Henry Young (1863-1942), Cecily was one of six children; Francis (b.4 June 1897); Janet Dorothea Ernestine (b.14 December 1901); Helen Marian Kinnear (b.20 September 1903); Laurence Chisholm (b.14 July 1904); and Patrick Chisholm (b.18 March 1908). She spent her childhood on the continent, being schooled in Gottingen, Geneva and Lausanne, and in 1917 she went on to study at the University of Lausanne, obtaining her Licenciee es Sciences Math in 1925.

In the years 1919-1921 Cecily aided her father's work at University College Wales Aberystwyth, and between 1921-24 she helped Edward Collingwood (another academic at Aberystwyth) to translate Georges Valiron's course on Integral Functions. Following this, Cecily spent the years 1925-1932 at Girton College Cambridge, gaining her Ph.D. there in 1928 under the supervision of Professor Hobson. She then moved in 1933 to a teaching post at Imperial College London, where she was to remain until her retirement in 1967.

Cecily's research publications in mathematics ceased in 1936 although for a time she did work with Sydney Chapman on an exercise and text book on aspects of mathematical physics, it was unfortunately never completed. In 1953 Cecily married Bernard Tanner, the chief maintenance engineer at Imperial College. Sadly, Bernard died nine months later.

One of Cecily's main mathematical interests was in the importance of the research seminar, and in 1961 she founded such a seminar with Dr. G. J. Whitrow at Imperial College. Her interest in the research seminar, accompanied by an enthusiasm for the history of mathematics, soon led Cecily to become interested in the Elizabethan mathematician Thomas Harriot and to finance the setting up of a Thomas Harriot Seminar in 1967 at Oxford (his home town). The seminar is now held there annually. In 1979 Cecily financed another Harriot Seminar at Durham University, which now meets alternatively between there and Cambridge.

Cecily's interest in mathematics continued throughout her life and her papers represent this along with her many other varied pastimes. She died on 24 November 1992.

Arrangement

The material has been divided into three main sections as follows: Dr. Tanner's personal papers; Dr. Tanner's career and mathematical research; and Dr. Tanner's papers relating to the Elizabethan mathematician Thomas Harriot, and the establishment of the Harriot Seminars.

Summary of arrangement:

  • D599/1 Personal Papers of Dr. R. C. H. Tanner
  • D599/2 Papers relating to Dr. R. C. H. Tanner's Career and Mathematical Research
  • D599/3 Papers relating to Dr. R. C. H. Tanner's research on Thomas Harriot and her papers relating to the Harriot Seminars.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is open to bona fide researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and licensing rules available on request.

Acquisition Information

Received from Dr Patrick Young, 8 February 1993.

Archivist's Note

Listed by Susannah Waters, June 2003.

Other Finding Aid

A hard-copy of the finding aid is available in the Special Collections and Archives' reading room.

Related Material

D140 Papers of W. H. Young and Grace Chisholm Young.

Bibliography

  • For further details of Dr. Tanner's career and a list of her publications see Dr. Grattan-Guiness' obituary in the British Society for the History of Mathematics, Newsletter 23, Spring 1993, pp.10-15.
  • For biographical information on most of the mathematicians mentioned in this finding aid refer to The MacTutor History of Mathematics.
  • Other research material related to Thomas Harriot can be found in John Shirley's Papers at the University of Delaware.

Subjects

Liverpool University - Faculty of Science
Liverpool University - Faculty of Science - Mathematics
Liverpool University - Staff

Personal Names

Tanner, Rosalind Cecily Hildegard, xnee Young (1900-1992) Mathematician
Young, William Henry (1864-1942) Mathematician and Educationist
Young, Grace Chisholm (1869-1944) Mathematician

Cataloguing Info

Title Archive of the University of Liverpool: Papers of Dr. Rosalind Cecilia Hildegard Tanner; including papers of her parents W H Young and Grace C Young, 1883-1991
Author Finding aid created by Larysa Mitchell and Roy Lumb
Publication University of Liverpool, Special Collections and Archives April 2003
Creation Created using Xemacs Open Source Text Editor April 2001 - April 2003
Language Usage The finding aid is written in English
Revisions
October 2004
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Personal Papers of Dr. R. C. H. Tanner

Reference Number(s) D599/1
Dates of Creation c.1883-1990
Physical Description 6 boxes

Scope and Content

This section comprises of the personal papers of Dr. Tanner. It includes papers relating to her parents, Grace Chisholm Young and William Henry Young and her siblings, in particular Francis Young (1897-1917).

Arrangement

Arranged into the following sections:

  • D599/1/1 Papers relating to Dr. R. C. H. Tanner's Family
  • D599/1/2 The personal papers of Dr. R. C. H. Tanner

Papers relating to Dr. R. C. H. Tanner's Family.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1
Dates of Creation c.1883-1990
Physical Description 3 boxes

Papers relating to Dr. R. C. H. Tanner's parents William Henry Young and Grace Chisholm Young.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1
Dates of Creation c.1883-1990
Physical Description 2 boxes

Scope and Content

This section comprises of material found in boxes 5, 6, 12, 16, 17, 37 and 46 of the original arrangement.


Typescript of book beginning 'The Theory of set points...' [by W. H. Young].

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/1
Dates of Creation There is no date specified.
Physical Description c.124 sheets.

Scope and Content

The typescript is annotated [by R. C. H. Tanner]


Handwritten manuscript of Grace Chisholm Young's autobiographical novel.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/2
Dates of Creation There is no date specified.
Physical Description c.190 sheets.

Financial papers of Grace Chisholm Young and William Henry Young.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/3
Dates of Creation From 1920s and 1930s.
Physical Description c.150 sheets.

Scope and Content

This bundle contains various financial documents, including bank statements; withdrawal slips; receipts and correspondence. Some of the material is in French.


Handwritten manuscript for 'The Teaching of Mathematics' by W. H. Young.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/4
Dates of Creation No date is specified.
Physical Description c.31 sheets.

Scope and Content

The manuscript contains one loose sheet of notes.


Offprints of journal papers by W. H. Young, including some papers jointly written between himself and Dr. Tanner.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/5
Dates of Creation c.1909-1920.
Physical Description c.25 offprints.

Scope and Content

Some of the material is in French.


Notebook of Grace Chisholm Young entitled 'Girton in the nineties' [an autobiographical work].

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/6
Dates of Creation No date is specified.
Physical Description c.40 sheets.

Notebooks containing various mathematical and non-mathematical notes; thoughts; and drafts of work [by W. H. Young].

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/7
Dates of Creation c.1920s and 1930s.
Physical Description Eight notebooks.

Scope and Content

Along with the notebooks, there are also several loose sheets of notes. Some of the material is in French and German.


Correspondence and paperwork following the deaths of William Henry Young and Grace Chisholm Young.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/8
Dates of Creation c.1944-1945.
Physical Description c.121 sheets.

Scope and Content

Most of the material is in French.


Typescript of M. Georges Valiron's lessons to Professor Young's pupils at University College Wales, Aberystwyth

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/9
Dates of Creation February/March 1922.
Physical Description c.180 sheets.

Scope and Content

The bundle comprises of the typescript plus some hand written notes [by Dr. Tanner].


Two notebooks of Grace Chisholm Young containing mathematical notes and literary extracts (some by G. C. Young but the majority by various British poets and essayists).

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/10
Dates of Creation c.1885-1907.
Physical Description c.130 sheets.

Booklet entitled 'Confirmation Sermon 1883'.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/11
Dates of Creation 1883.
Physical Description c.50 sheets.

Scope and Content

This is a handwritten booklet containing sermons delivered at St. Benedict's Church in 1883.


'Abortive listing attempts by G. C. Y., W.H.Y., and R.C.Y.''

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/12
Dates of Creation No date is specified.
Physical Description c. 30 sheets

Scope and Content

The bundle consists of a list of journal articles, published works etc. sorted alphabetically by author.


Notebook of Grace Chisholm Young [containing manuscript for a mathematical text].

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/13
Dates of Creation No date is specified.
Physical Description c.35 sheets.

Letters and a receipt from the Chelsea Publishing Company, New York, regarding royalties for the book 'The Theory of set points' by Young and Young.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/14
Dates of Creation 1989-1990
Physical Description 3 sheets.

MS of book and lectures [by W. H. Young].

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/15
Dates of Creation No date is specified.
Physical Description 3 folders/c.560 sheets

Scope and Content

Some of the material is in French.


Letters to Dr. Tanner from Cambridge University Press concerning a reprint of 'The Theory of Set Points'.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/1/16
Dates of Creation 1967-1968
Physical Description 7 sheets.

Papers relating to Dr. R. C. H. Tanner's siblings.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/2
Dates of Creation c.1900-1922
Physical Description 4 folders

Scope and Content

This section comprises of material found in boxes 16, 17 and 46 of the original arrangement.


Monograph on "Frank" Young [by R. C. H. Tanner].

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/2/1
Dates of Creation No date is specified.
Physical Description 11 sheets.

Scope and Content

On the front of the bundle is written '"Frank" a little monograph, written by request for Mrs. Evans'.


Mathematical/scientific notebook of Francis C. Young from Geneva.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/2/2
Dates of Creation No date is specified.
Physical Description c.45 sheets.

Scope and Content

This material is in French.


School papers and reports of Francis Young, Cecily Young, Dorothy Young, and Jeanette Young.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/2/3
Dates of Creation c.1907-1912.
Physical Description 1 notebook and c.25 loose sheets

Papers of Francis C. Young.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/2/4
Dates of Creation c.1900-1916.
Physical Description c.100 sheets.

Scope and Content

The bundle consists of papers by or relating to Francis C. Young. It includes letters from Francis Young, photographs and a diary from 1916. Some of the material is in French and German.


Papers relating to Francis C. Young's service in WWI.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/1/2/5
Dates of Creation c.1917-1922.
Physical Description c.50 sheets.

Scope and Content

This bundle comprises of material relating to Francis C. Young (2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, d.1917) and his WWI service. It includes letters, commemorative certificates, photographs of Francis Young and his grave, and two RFC cap badges.


The personal papers of Dr. R. C. H. Tanner.

Reference Number(s) D599/1/2
Dates of Creation c.1912-1987
Physical Description 3 boxes

Scope and Content

This section includes papers relating to Dr. Tanner's personal affairs. It also covers her mathematical notes from her student days at the University of Lausanne and material relating to her time at University College Wales, Aberystwyth. Related material may also be found in section D599/2. This section comprises of material found in boxes 6, 12, 15, 16, 17, 37 and 38 of the original arrangement.