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Kenneth C. Shraut papers

Identifier: UASC-026

Scope and Contents

The Kenneth C. Schraut papers include Dr. Schraut's files on the UD Mathematics Department, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the financial aid workshop for pre-medicine students that he organized on campus throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Mathematics Teachers that he directed in Puerto Rico in 1959, and other subjects related to his career as a mathematics professor and department chair at the University of Dayton.

The collection also includes correspondence (arranged alphabetically by last name), six books, 35mm slides, memorabilia, scrapbooks, posters, and one VHS tape. As much as possible, the original folder titles were retained in the processed collection.


  • 1929-1993


Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Biography of Kenneth C. Schraut

Kenneth Charles Schraut was a professor of mathematics at the University of Dayton for over 50 years. He was born in Hillsboro, Illinois, on May 19, 1913. At the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1936, he was a member of the honorary fraternity Phi Nu Epsilon. He earned both a master's degree (1938) and a Ph.D. (1940) from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Schraut was a visiting instructor at the University of Notre Dame in the summer of 1940 before coming to UD in the fall. He taught full-time at UD from 1940-1978 and continued teaching part-time from 1978-1993. Schraut was chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1954-1970 and founded a summer institute for high school mathematics teachers on campus. He taught math classes to business and pre-medical students, along with algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and advanced engineering mathematics. Schraut established the UD chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honor Society) and was an advisor for pre-medicine students.

Among his most notable accomplishments was his pioneering work with what became the University of Dayton Research Institute. In 1949, Schraut and his top 10 math students received a $10,200 contract from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) to analyze or "reduce" aircraft flight load data. This project, which became known as Project Globe, was followed by a second data reduction contract for $25,000. From 1951-1952, Dr. Schraut directed the expansion of research efforts at UD. In 1952, he began Project Delta, recruiting full-time professional researchers for nuclear weapons effects research. From these beginnings, sponsored research at UD grew to $1 million by 1956 and on September 1 of that year, UD Research Institute was formally established.

Dr. Schraut's civic and professional activities included the American Math Society; the Math Association of America; the American Society for Engineering Education, for which he was chairman of the Math Division; the American Association of University Professors; the Metropolitan Dayton Honors Society; and the National Science Foundation Summer Institute, which he directed in 1959 and 1961-1967.

For his contributions to the University, Dr. Schraut received the first distinguished service professor award in 1972 and the Lackner Award in 1987. On May 9, 1992, the University of Dayton held an event to celebrate his career of over 50 years. Dr. Schraut died on October 29, 1997 at the age of 84.


8.5 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials



Faculty papers of Dr. Kenneth C. Schraut, professor of mathematics at the University of Dayton from 1940-1993. The materials include subject files, correspondence, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and books.


The Kenneth C. Schraut papers are arranged into four series.

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  1. Series 1: Subject files
  2. Series 2: Correspondence
  3. Series 3: Memorabilia and oversize materials
  4. Series 4: Books

Acquisition Information

The University Archives and Special Collections acquired the Kenneth C. Schraut papers in accession 1993-006 on April 30, 1993 and in accession 2000-010.

Related Material

Dept. of Mathematics records. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.

Mathematics Club records. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.

Processing Information

The Kenneth C. Schraut papers were processed in December 2010 by Rachel DeHart.

Guide to the Kenneth C. Schraut papers, 1929-1993
Rachel DeHart
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Repository Details

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