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Lee Lorch fonds Series
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Academic and teaching material

Series consists of material documenting Lorch's academic career as a mathematician, including his work at the institutions of York University, the University of Alberta, Fisk University, Penn State College, Philander Smith College, City College of New York and Wesleyan University. Includes lecture notes, exam questions, student evaluations and assignments. Also includes lectures notes, teaching material and administrative records related to Lorch's academic exchanges in other North American and European institutions, his participation in conferences, and administrative involvement in professional organizations, committees and grant-funding bodies. Also includes some student material from his time as an undergraduate and doctoral candidate at Cornell University and the University of Cincinnati.

Collected articles

Series consists of off-prints, photocopies and drafts of mathematical articles collected and preserved by Lorch for reference and research purposes. Some articles have correspondence and notes by Lorch attached.

General correspondence

Series consists of correspondence written and received by Lee Lorch in his capacity as a mathematician, scholar, social activist, father and spouse. Also includes some correspondence received by his wife, Grace Lorch.

Personal material

Series consists of financial records, correspondence,family photographs, stamps postcards and memorabilia accumulated by Lee Lorch for personal reasons. Also includes tributes and awards received by Lorch as well as his CV and published articles regarding his accomplishments and activities.

Published material

Series consists of draft articles, correspondence and reference material related to Lorch's published mathematical research as well as his numerous letters-to-the-editor, speeches and published articles on such subjects as academic freedom; racism, sexism and discrimination in academia; the civil rights movement; the international mathematical community and anti-Soviet bias in the Western scientific community. Also includes some material reviewed and edited by Lorch.

Social activism material

Series consists of files of correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles and reference material related to Lee and Grace Lorch's activities as social activists and community organizers. These include detailed legal case files and correspondence transferred from law firms who represented Prof. Lorch in various court cases in the 1950s regarding charges laid by the House Committee on Un-American Activities and his dismissal from Penn State and Fisk University. Also includes material regarding Grace Lorch's case against the Boston School Board in 1944-1945 and her activities during the Little Rock Crisis of 1957.

Also includes subject files and correspondence accumulated by Prof. Lorch in later years regarding various subjects including racism, sexism and political discrimination in academia; political prisoners and academic freedom; mandatory retirement; socialist movements in Latin America and Africa; the civil rights movement; peace efforts and nuclear disarmament; Chile ; Cuba ; The German Democratic Republic (GDR) ; Lituania; South Africa; the USSR; Vietnam; First Nations rights in Canada; Canadian socialist organizations and unions; and his research on the first African-American to receive a PhD (in physics) in the United States, Edward Alexander Bouchet (1852-1918).

Also includes correspondence, meeting minutes and reports from various committees, local events, societies and community organizations in which Lorch was active.