Tenor Recorder

Olive C. Hazlett (1890–1974), a leading American mathematician of the 1920s, received this wooden tenor recorder from the family of astronomer Harlow Shapley (1885–1972) . Hazlett gave the recorder to a mathematician, Grace Shover (1906–1998), whom she had befriended at national mathematics meetings. Grace Shover Quinn and her physicist husband, Robert B. Quinn (1907–1993), gave the instrument and its instruction book to the Smithsonian Institution in 1983.
Currently not on view
Object Name
recorder (musical)
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 63 cm x 5.2 cm x 5.2 cm; 24 13/16 in x 2 1/16 in x 2 1/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Women Mathematicians
Music & Musical Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Women Mathematicians
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Grace Shrover Quinn and Robert Quinn
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