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David A. Rothrock letter

 Collection — Folder: S346
Identifier: S0346

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a letter from D. A. Rothrock in Bloomington, Indiana on September 18, 1907 regarding additional copies of the proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. Of special note is that the letterhead reads "University of Indiana," instead of Indiana University.


  • 1907/09/18


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

David Andrew Rothrock was born on January 31, 1864 in Milltown, Crawford County, Indiana to Amos and Mary Elizabeth (Burnett) Rothrock. He had two brothers, George W. and John W. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 1887 with a B.A. and Indiana University with an A.B. in 1892 and an A.M. in 1893. He attended University of Chicago for post-graduate work in 1894 and 1896 and received a Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig in 1898. Rothrock was a professor of mathematics at Indiana University from 1892 to 1937 and Director of Admissions from 1937 to1938, before he finally retired. Rothrock authored many mathematics textbooks and was a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Indiana Academy of Science.

Rothrock was also a city engineer for Bloomington, Indiana from 1902 to 1904 and served on the Bloomington City Council from 1918 to 1926. He also represented Brown and Monroe counties in the Indiana General Assembly House in 1919.

He married Helena Grace Shirley on September 12, 1905 in Martin County, Indiana, and they had four children: Henry Shirley, Mary Emily, David Andrew and Philip Wayne. Rothrock died September 2, 1949 in Lafayette, Indiana and was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, alongside his wife, who died in 1948.


Information found within the collection.

Indiana University."David A. Rothrock papers, 1885-1910." Accessed September 2, 2015. "Rothrock, David Andrew." Find a Grave Index. Accessed September 9, 2015.

Ball State University. "Rothrock, David Andrew." Indiana Legislator Biographies. Accessed September 2, 2015.!/legislator/4974/David-Rothrock. "Rothrock, David Andrew." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed September 9, 2015. "Rothrock, Helena Grace "Grace" Shirley." Find a Grave Index. Accessed September 9, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/09/09 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/09 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.