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Statistics Department records

Identifier: RG0083

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include correspondence, a flyer, course schedules, and a program. The program is for the Kullback Memorial Research Conference in 1996. Other subjects include course schedules, faculty, the Biostatistics Center, course descriptions, and websites. The material is dated from 1965 to 1996. Parts of this collection are unprocessed. Please see Special Collections staff for assistance.


  • Creation: 1965-1996


Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

The Statistics Department at The George Washington University was founded in 1935, with Professor Frank Weida being the sole faculty member.

One of the department's most illustrious faculty was Solomon Kullback, professor of Statistics and winner of the Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Medal in 1976 presented by the American Statistical Association. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from GW in 1934, and was chairman of the Statistics Department from 1962-72. He was a research analyst for the Defense Department and National Security Agency from 1930-62, which included work with the elite World War II group “The Codebreakers” which successfully broke the Japanese code suing statistical information theory.

N.B. This history note was written in 2005


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Language of Materials



The materials concern course schedules, faculty, history, the Biostatistics Center, course descriptions, and websites. They range in date from 1965 to 1996.

Collection Organization

Organized into three series, two titled Department files, and one for websites.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Acquisition Information

Materials were transferred to the University Archives by the Chair of the Statistics Department.

Preliminary Guide to the Statistics Department records, 1965-1996
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America