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Evelyn Boyd Granville papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00747

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence; papers from junior high school through graduate school; honors, awards and certificates; newspaper clippings and other publications; and photographs.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1936-2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Granville has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Granville, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Evelyn Boyd was born May 1, 1924 in Washington, D.C., to William and Julia Walker Boyd. An excellent student, during her senior year at Paul Dunbar High School, she won a scholarship from the Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, which she used to attend Smith College. Though her initial plan had been to study French and mathematics, Boyd found that her strength was in the latter. In 1945, she graduated summa cum laude and was invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received scholarships and fellowships to pursue graduate studies at Yale University. When she earned her Ph.D. in 1949 in pure mathematics, she became one of the first two black American women to do so. Unable to find a job in New York, Granville took a position at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She left in 1952 to work for the National Bureau of Standards in her hometown of Washington, D.C, where the Bureau was conducting research on the development of missile fuses. IBM hired her in 1956, and she worked for them in both New York and Washington, D.C. In 1960, she married the Reverend Gamaliel Mansfield Collins and moved to California, where she worked for Space Technology Laboratory and then North American Aviation. She returned to IBM for four more years, but when they asked her to relocate in 1967, she chose to stay in Los Angeles and settle her divorce. She got a job teaching at California State University, Los Angeles. In 1970, Granville met and married realtor Edward V. Granville. They retired to Texas in 1984, but soon after her retirement, she went back to work teaching math and computer literacy at the middle and high school levels. Finding that she was not suited to teaching at this level, she took a job teaching mathematics and computer science at Texas College in Tyler, 1985-88. In 1990 Granville was offered a chaired professorship at the University of Texas in Tyler. She retired from the University in 1997. In 1998 and 1999 she toured Texas and Louisiana for Dow Chemical Company visiting middle schools and talking to children about the importance of mathematics, after which she retired for the last time at 75.


1.96 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the personal papers of Evelyn Boyd Granville, mathematician, computer scientist, and educator.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Evelyn Boyd Granville in 2015.

Finding aid to the Evelyn Boyd Granville papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-18: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2021-06-09: Inventory added from accession record

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063