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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Ricardo Beckwith Quintana, Jr. Papers 1960-1995

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Quintana, Ricardo Beckwith, Jr. Papers

Dates:

1960-1995

Size:

.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Dr. Ricardo B. Quintana, Jr. (b. August 23, 1940, d. November 25, 2010) studied at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His academic research was in the field of group theory, particularly on the restricted Burnside problem. The papers contain his lecture notes and research from his undergraduate and graduate work, as well as several unpublished manuscripts.

Information on Use

Access

This collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Quintana, Ricardo Beckwith, Jr. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Biographical Note

Ricardo Beckwith Quintana, Jr. (b. August 23, 1940, d. November 25, 2010) was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Dr. Ricardo Beckwith Quintana, a professor of English, and Janet Garland MacQueary Quintana. He received his AB in mathematics from Harvard University in 1962 and his Masters and PhD, also in mathematics, from University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970. Dr. Quintana’s professional work was in group theory, particularly on restricted Burnside groups. He married Dr. Judith Terrie Dotz Quintana, who would go on to teach at the University of Chicago, on April 6, 1966. They were divorced in 1971, and Dr. Quintana married Kathleen Vinz on August 4, 1984. Dr. Quintana passed away in 2010 at the age of 70.

Scope Note

The Ricardo Beckwith Quintana, Jr. Papers are organized into three series:

Series I: Personal

Series II: Education

Series III: Research and Writing

The collection contains manuscripts, notebooks and loose notes. Materials date between 1960 and 1995, with the bulk of the material from Quintana’s graduate years, 1962-1970.

Series I, Personal, contains Quintana’s typescript CV with handwritten annotations, professional letters of recommendation written for Quintana by former professors and colleagues with Quintana’s handwritten annotations, and a biography of Quintana written by himself for “Who’s Who in the World.”

Series II, Education, contains Quintana’s class notes (both bound and unbound) from his undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as photocopied handwritten notes for courses he taught as a teaching assistant both at the University of Chicago and during his doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a typescript copy of his doctoral dissertation. Materials are arranged in rough chronological order.

Series III, Research and Writing, contains undated manuscript drafts, both holographic and typescript, including two drafts of a manuscript entitled "Groups, Rings, and Modules" (n.d.).

Related Resources

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Personal

Box 1   Folder 1

CV, Letters of Reference, Bio (“Who’s Who in the World), circa 1985-1995

Series II: Education

Box 1   Folder 2

Class Notes – Brauer Complex Analysis – Notebook,1960-1961

Box 1   Folder 4

Mathematics 314 – Photocopied Lectures Notes, 1963

Box 1   Folder 5

Differential Geometry Notes – Photocopied Lecture Notes, 1964

Box 1   Folder 6

Differential Geometry Notes – Photocopied Lecture Notes, 1964

Box 1   Folder 7

Class Notes – Notebook, circa 1962-1965

Box 1   Folder 8

Photocopied Lectures Notes – November 1969

Box 1   Folder 9

Bruck Problems – Photocopied Lecture Notes, circa 1962-1970

Box 1   Folder 10

Galois Theory – Photocopied Lecture Notes, circa 1962-1970

Box 1   Folder 11

General Algebra – Photocopied Lecture Notes, circa 1962-1970

Box 1   Folder 12

Math 102 – Photocopied Lecture Notes, circa 1962-1970

Box 1   Folder 13

Mathematics 312 – Photocopied Lecture Notes, circa 1962-1970

Box 2   Folder 1

Photocopied Lecture Note Fragments, circa 1962-1970

Box 2   Folder 2

Doctoral Dissertation – Manuscript, 1970

Series III: Research and Writing

Box 2   Folder 3

“General Relativity” – Photocopied Manuscript Fragments, circa 1975

Box 2   Folder 4

“On Groups of Exponent 4” – Typescript Article, circa 1980-1990

Box 2   Folder 5

“Groups, Rings, and Modules” – Typescript Draft, undated

Box 2   Folder 6

“Groups, Rings, and Modules” – Typescript Draft, undated

Box 2   Folder 7

“On the function Ext(A,B)” – Typescript Draft, undated