Skip to main content
  • Staff

Deane Montgomery papers

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of the correspondence and collected papers of Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Deane Montgomery. The materials correspond to Montgomery's time as a Member, Permanent Member, Faculty, and later Emeritus of the School of Mathematics, dating from 1930 to 1987.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1951-1989
  • Creation: 1930-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Select materials in this collection are subject to the Institute for Advanced Study Archival Policy (1986). Restrictions have been indicated at the folder-level.

Per the Institute for Advanced Study Archival Policy, Institute records remain under restriction for 30 years from the date of the record’s creation. Additionally, all institutional records related to personnel (including human resources record and/or records related to recommendation and/or appointment to the Institute) remain restricted for the lifetime of both the creator and subject.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are welcome to publish, reproduce, and use the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center’s holdings in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law. Under the Fair Use doctrine, users may freely reproduce materials for personal research, teaching, and/or scholarship. Under the same doctrine, users may cite or publish selected passages and/or quotations for comment and criticism. In accordance to U.S. Copyright Law, researchers seeking to reproduce and/or publish materials in the entirety and/or for commercial purposes will require the permission of the copyright holder.

The Institute for Advanced Study holds the copyright to materials generated by Institute employees over the course of their work for the Institute. Where the Institute for Advanced Study holds the copyright, researchers are free to reproduce materials for one-time, non-commercial purposes. For all other cases, researchers are responsible for contacting the Archives Center to request permission at: For all materials for which the Institute is not the copyright holder, researchers that choose to pursue publication and/or reproduction are responsible for determining the individual who does hold the copyright and requesting permission directly from that individual. Researchers with questions regarding the reproduction or use of archival materials can contact the Archives Center to request help at:

Biographical / Historical

Deane Montgomery (1909-1992) was born in Weaver, Minnesota. Montgomery received his Bachelors of Science from Hamline University and his doctorate from the University of Iowa where he studied under Edward Chittenden. Montgomery joined the Institute for Advanced Study School of Mathematics in 1934. He held three year-long appointments as a Member from 1934-1935, 1941-1942, and 1945-1946. Montgomery was appointed to a position as a Permanent Member from 1948-1951 after which he was appointed to a position as Faculty from 1951-1980. Montgomery received Emeritus status in 1980 and remained affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study until his death in 1992.

Montgomery is perhaps best remembered for his work with fellow mathematicians Andrew Gleason and Leo Zippin to solve a poser regarding locally Euclidean topological groups known as Hilbert's Fifth Problem.


7 linear feet (6 record storage containers)

Language of Materials



The Deane Montgomery papers consist of correspondence and documentation related to the work of former Institute for Advanced Study School of Mathematics Faculty Deane Montgomery from 1930-1989.


This collection contains the following three series: Correspondence, Veblen Estate, and Institute for Advanced Study Faculty dispute.

Custodial History

The immediate source of acquisition for this collection is unknown. However, a portion of this collection, the Manuscript and publications series, can be traced to Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Freeman Dyson who received the materials from Montgomery's former academic assistant and subsequently donated the material to the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center.

Processing Information

Archivists housed this material in acid-free containers and arranged the material into series by format.

Guide to the Deane Montgomery papers
Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center staff compiled this finding aid.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
This finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-10-14: Caitlin Rizzo revised this finding aid to comply with DACS standards.