## A Century of Mathematical MeetingsThis book features contributions by and about some of the luminaries of American mathematics. Included here are essays based on presentations made during the symposium Celebration of 100 Years of Annual Meetings, held at the AMS meeting in Cincinnati in January 1994. In addition, a number of contributions were solicited after the symposium. The papers in this collection form a vibrant collage of mathematical personalities--a collage that makes being a member of the community of mathematicians rich and rewarding. This book weaves a tapestry of mathematical life in the United States, with emphasis on the past seventy years. Photographs, old and recent, further decorate that tapestry. This volume complements three earlier AMS volumes of collected papers about mathematics in America: A Century of Mathematics in America, Parts I, II, and III. There are many stories to be told about the making of mathematics and the personalities of those who meet to share it. This collection offers a celebration in words and pictures of a century of American mathematical life. |

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### Contents

Informally Speaking | 5 |

Participants in the 100 Annual Meetings Celebration | 20 |

Plates 2 3 4 Speakers in the Special Session Meetings of Mathematicians | 23 |

Some Presidents Past Present Future | 24 |

Secretaries and Associate Secretaries | 25 |

Special Committee on 100 Years of Annual Meetings | 26 |

Plates 813 The Announcers Ronald Graham Robert Fossum Everett Pitcher Richard Askey William Jaco John Selfridge | 27 |

Stage dignitaries chat | 28 |

Congress of Mathematicians Worlds Columbian Exposition 1893 | 34 |

1959 AMS Council Meeting | 35 |

Conference on Analytic Functions IAS 1957 | 36 |

Schematic for Plate 34 | 37 |

Preliminary Announcement TwentyNinth Annual Meeting Cambridge December 2728 1922 | 38 |

Schedule of events Celebration of 100 Years of AMS Annual Meetings | 39 |

The Beginnings | 43 |

The How and Why of Meetings | 71 |

Janet Balletto H Hope Daly Rebekka Struik | 29 |

Cathleen Morawetz speaking Mike Artin | 30 |

Sam Perlis | 31 |

Jean Taylor Dirk Struik | 32 |

Ruth Favro Dirk Struik Gloria Phoenix | 33 |

Recollections | 121 |

My First AMS Meeting | 169 |

A Lifetime in Mathematics 19251994 | 183 |

Olga TausskyTodd 19061995 | 321 |

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