# The History of Mathematical Reviews

*Mathematical Reviews* was launched by the American Mathematical Society in 1940, with Otto Neugebauer as its first editor. Since its founding, *Mathematical Reviews* has been an important part of the AMS and the mathematical sciences community.

From its first issue of 32 pages and 176 reviews, the publication has grown into the MathSciNet^{®} database, which contains over 3 million total publications, almost 9 million citations, and a reviewer community numbering nearly 17,000 researchers. Learn more about the history and people of MR and the Editorial Offices.

## Video: An Introduction to Mathematical Reviews

## Articles on the History of Mathematical Reviews

**Mathematical Reviews Celebrates 75 Years**, from the December issue of the*Notices of the AMS***A Brief History of the Mathematical Literature**, by Robert G. Bartle. Review of the development of mathematical literature through tracing the history of mathematical communication leading to the founding of Mathematical Reviews in 1940.**A Half Century of Reviewing**, by D. H. Lehmer. Reprinted from A Century of Mathematics in America: Part 1, pp. 265-266, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1988. MR90a:01064**The Founding of Mathematical Reviews**, by G. Baley Price. In 1990, in honor of the 50th anniversary, G Baley Price, who was much involved in the founding of Mathematical Reviews, wrote an article sharing some of his reminiscences from the early days.**Mathematical Reviews**, by Everett Pitcher. A chapter on the history of Mathematical Reviews up to 1998, from American Mathematical Society centennial publications, Vol. I. A history of the second fifty years, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1988. MR1002190 (90i:01060).**Announcing MathSciNet**, a brochure marking the launch of the MR database search for the World Wide Web, 1996.**Announcing Mathematical Reviews**, a promotional announcement from the earliest days, January 1940.**Cover of Volume 1 Number 1 of Mathematical Reviews**, January 1940