MS 100 - James R. Overman Papers
|Title||MS 100 - James R. Overman Papers|
|Subject||BGSU Centennial History|
The Dr. James Robert Overman Collection, 1920-1978, is comprised of two cubic feet of correspondence, his book manuscript for The History of Bowling Green State University, two of his journal articles, and titles for nine mathematics textbooks which he wrote for elementary and junior high school student instruction.
The collection was probably transferred from Bowling Green State University's (BGSU) University Archives. No restrictions have been placed on the use of this collection. The finding aid was completed by Eric Honneffer in February 2005.
Mathematics professor Dr. James Robert Overman was among the first faculty members hired at Bowling Green State Normal College in 1914 and remained until his retirement forty-two years later in 1956. During his tenure Dr. Overman chaired the Mathematics Department, served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dean of Men, and Dean of Faculty. He was the originator and first advisor for the student yearbook, The Key and was the college's first librarian. He authored over a dozen mathematics textbooks as well as The History of Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Overman was born on April 15, 1888 in Bedford, Indiana. In 1909 he graduated from Indiana University. He was employed as a high school teacher. Dr. Overman would later receive a Masters Degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan.
Dr. Overman held memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Mathematics Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Sigma.
In 1956 Dr. Overman was given an honorary Doctorate of Science degree at BGSU and the Board of Trustees named the science building Overman Hall in his honor.
Dr. Overman died at his home in Bowling Green, Ohio on May 24, 1978. Data gathered from The Daily Sentinel Tribune obituary for May 25, 1978.
|Scope and Content|
Dr. James Robert Overman's collection dates from 1920-1978 with two cubic feet of correspondence, the manuscript he wrote for The History of Bowling Green State University, two journal articles, and copies of nine textbooks titles authored by him for teaching mathematics to elementary and junior high students.
The correspondence and research data folder (1959, 1960, 1967) accompanies the manuscript for The History of Bowling Green State University. Various facts and historic points of interest concerning BGSU and its establishment appear in this file. Maps are included showing the land donated and purchased for the site. Letters discussing the editing and printing of the manuscript are included, a number of them written by Dr. Overman. This record is a most useful resource to anyone interested in BGSU history.
Literary productions include two corrected copies of the manuscript for The History of Bowling Green State University. A corrected galley page is also included. An undated sound recording index belonging to Dr. Overman is also found under literary productions.
A calling hour's guestbook for Dr. Overman's funeral services on May 26, 1978 is included in this collection.
Mathematics textbooks written by Dr. Overman and various co-authors from 1920-1961 comprise one cubic foot of this collection. Included with these are two journal articles written by Dr. Overman on mathematics.
MATHEMATICS TEXTBOOKS AND JOURNAL ARTICLES