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William J. Cable papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 36

Scope and Contents

The William J. Cable papers document Cable's involvement in the 1955 General Electric Mathematics Fellowships for Secondary School Teachers which took place June 20 through July 30, 1955 at Purdue University. It also contains later issues of G.E.M.F. News, a roster of participants from 1953-1958, and pamphlets, brochures and booklets from engineering and mathematics departments of several universities. The collection also consists of photographs William Cable took of the Purdue campus in 1955, while participating in the G.E. Mathematics Fellowship, and there are photographs of the participants, along with postcards of the Purdue campus. There are no names or explanations noted on the photographs.


  • 1954 - 1958


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

William J. Cable was born June 30, 1930, in Superior, Wisconsin to Ward and Ethel (Harding) Cable. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison and the University of Colorado with a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Master's of Education. William married Virginia M. Fischer on August 29, 1952, in Stevens Point. He retired from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 1994 after 34 years of service. He was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

William J. Cable took part in the G. E. Fellowship in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers in 1955 at Purdue University. The objective of the program was to increase the Fellow’s knowledge and understanding of mathematics and its application; to stimulate the Fellow’s enthusiasm for the teaching of high school mathematics; to encourage and help the Fellows in counseling high school students to take mathematics courses; to provide the Fellows with specific mathematical ideas and materials for use inside and outside the classroom; to interest the Fellows in continuing to grow in their understanding and appreciation of mathematics and to increase their effectiveness as teachers and counselors. The six-week session was devoted to three courses (Mathematics 526 – Applied Mathematical Analysis, Mathematics 550 – Elements of Mathematical and Applied Statistics, Mathematics 585 – Algebra and Geometry as Mathematical Systems), a seminar (on teaching and counseling), together with inspection trips to the General Electric Plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana and to various laboratories of Purdue University. Some special lectures were also arranged. The program was under the direction of Professor H. F. S. Jonah, and a teaching staff of members of the Purdue Department of Mathematics and the Statistical Laboratory. Graduate credit was given for each of the courses.

William J Cable taught at the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point from 1962-1992. He passed away April 28, 2015


0.05 Cubic Feet (Two folders)


The papers have been arranged into two series.
  1. Material from General Electric Mathematics Fellowships for Secondary School Teachers and Miscellaneous Items
  2. Photographs

Acquisition Information

Donated by William J. Cable, March 22, 2007.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and an acid-free box. The photographs have been placed into polyester sleeves.
William J. Cable papers
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Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2009-12-07.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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