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Fabian Franklin papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0447

Scope and Contents

Box 1 of this collection consists of one volume of printed hand-written notes from an elementary class in the theory of equations given by Fabian Franklin while he was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. The volume is 42 pages long. The content offers a look at the organization of an early mathematics class, as well as an example of a precursor to the modern textbook.

Box 2 consists of a draft and typewritten version of an autobiography of Franklin, a biographical sketch of Franklin on his death in 1939, three letters received by Franklin, and a cartes-de-visite of Franklin.


  • Creation: 1890


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Fabian Franklin was born in Eger, Hungary on January 18, 1853. His parents, Morris J. and Sarah Heilprin. Franklin came to the United States when he was two years old and settled in Philadelphia before moving to Washington D.C. Franklin received a PhD in Mathematics from Columbian University (now known as George Washington University) in 1869. After graduation he worked as an engineer and a surveyor for the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railraod and then the City Surveyor's Office in Baltimore before returning to academia. From 1877 to 1895 he was part of the Department of Mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University, starting as a Fellow and working up to full Professor.

In 1895 Franklin decided to leave Hopkins to start a career in journalism. He became the editor of the Baltimore News and kept the position until 1908. He served as associate editor of the New York Evening Post from 1909 until 1917. He also collaborated with Harold de Wolf Fuller as editor of the weekly literature and political publication The Review/The Review and The Independent. Franklin was an active writer, producing books and articles in many journals and newspapers.

Franklin died in New York on January 9, 1939 at the age of 85.


0.66 Cubic Feet (About 20 items)

Language of Materials



Fabian Franklin was a research fellow and a professor in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mathematics from 1877 to 1895. He then became a noted journalist. This collection includes papers of and about Fabian Franklin, 1890-1939.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volume was transferred on an unknown date to Special Collections from the Eisenhower stacks. It was formerly call number QA 211 F84. The rest of the collection was donated by Margaqret Senturia in November 2019.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared on August 8, 2008. Updated by Jordon Steele in November 2019 to account for accrual to collection.

Guide to the Fabian Franklin papers
Jordon Steele
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA