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Biographical materials, speeches, and publications, 1925-2001

Correspondence, 1942-2005



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Title: Nathan Pusey Presidential Papers, 1925-2005View associated digital content.

ID: LU-RG03/007

Primary Creator: Pusey, Nathan M. (Nathan Marsh) (1907-2001)

Other Creators: Office of the President

Extent: 6.65 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Series 1 is arranged chronologically by Pusey's selection as Lawrence president, his time as president, and his selection as Harvard president and his departure from Lawrence. Correspondence in Series 2 is arranged by subject, and the rest is arranged chronologically. Materials are arranged chronologically at the file level.

Subjects: Association of American Colleges, Butterfield, Victor, Education, higher -- Administration, Harvard University, Knight, Douglas M., 1921-2005, Methodist Church (U.S.). Board of Education, Milwaukee-Downer College, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (U.S.), Smith, Thomas Stevenson, Tarr, Curtis W., 1924-, Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.), World War, 1939-1945 -- Education and the war, Wriston, Henry M. (Henry Merritt), 1889-1978

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection is composed of the papers that document the presidency of Nathan Pusey, president of Lawrence University from 1944-1953. Materials include both incoming and outgoing correspondence of Pusey, speeches he gave while at Lawrence University, and photographs of Pusey while he was at Lawrence and when he visited Lawrence after leaving as president. The inauguration of Pusey is documented through programs, photographs, and correspondence. Articles, correspondence, and photographs of when Pusey was president of Harvard University are also included. Biographical materials are also contained in the collection.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is composed of the papers that document the presidency of Nathan Pusey, president of Lawrence University from 1944-1953. Materials include both incoming and outgoing correspondence of Pusey, speeches he gave while at Lawrence University, and photographs of Pusey while he was at Lawrence and when he visited Lawrence after leaving as president. The inauguration of Pusey is documented through programs, photographs, and correspondence. Articles, correspondence, and photographs of when Pusey was president of Harvard University are also included. Biographical materials are also contained in the collection.

The correspondence consists of letters sent to Pusey and Pusey's reply to the sender of the letter. Letters are from other colleges and presidents of other colleges including Victor Butterfield, the president of Wesleyan University. parents of students, members of the faculty, members of the Appleton community, and committees and organizations of which Pusey was a part. The correspondence covers a variety of topics, including programs at Lawrence, speeches and public appearances of Pusey's, Convocation speakers at Lawrence, and new buildings at Lawrence. Correspondence also includes invitations for Pusey to attend public events, and in some cases, serve as the speaker of the event. Letters of recommendation Pusey wrote for Lawrence faculty and students are also included. The Lawrence centennial in 1947 is also a topic of the correspondence. Letters between Pusey and Lucia Briggs, president of Milwaukee-Downer College, is also included.

Collection Historical Note

Nathan Marsh Pusey, president of Lawrence University from July 1944-June 1953, was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on April 4, 1907. Pusey received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1928. He went on to receive a Masters of Arts degree, and then a Ph.D. degree in ancient history from Harvard in 1937. He served as a sophomore tutor at Lawrence University from 1935-1938. After graduating from Harvard, Pusey taught history and literature at Scripps College and served four years as an associate professor of classics at Wesleyan University.

During his years as Lawrence president, Pusey was active in the school's curriculum and in the fall of 1945, introduced a new course known as Freshman Studies, which all freshmen take at Lawrence to this day. Freshman Studies is likely Pusey's best-known Lawrence legacy. He was known as the "faculty's president' and considered to be one of Lawrence's most outstanding presidents. Pusey received an honorary degree from Ripon College in January 1945. Pusey received national attention during the 1950s for his public clashes with Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Pusey left Lawrence in 1953 to become the 24th president of Harvard University. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Yale University in November 1953, and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brown University in June 1954. He returned to Lawrence in November 1954 to receive an honorary degree from the university. Following his retirement from Harvard in 1971, Pusey became president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and served in this role for four years. He was then president of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia from 1979-1980. He returned to Lawrence in April 1963 and May 1987 to give the annual Honors Days Convocation. Pusey received an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in June 1967.

Nathan Pusey died on November 14, 2001 in New York City.

Subject/Index Terms

Association of American Colleges
Butterfield, Victor
Education, higher -- Administration
Harvard University
Knight, Douglas M., 1921-2005
Methodist Church (U.S.). Board of Education
Milwaukee-Downer College
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (U.S.)
Smith, Thomas Stevenson
Tarr, Curtis W., 1924-
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Education and the war
Wriston, Henry M. (Henry Merritt), 1889-1978

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Property rights reside with Lawrence University.  Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs.  For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

Acquisition Method: The donor and date the collection was transferred to the University Archives are unknown. It was donated to the University Archives prior to July 2005.

Preferred Citation: Nathan Pusey Presidential Papers.  LU-RG03-007.  Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Preliminary processing done prior to 2005, date and processor unknown. Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2009-2010.

Finding Aid Revision History: Two folders added to collection, correspondence pertaining to YMCA and YWCA, January 2013.


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Series 1: Biographical materials, speeches, and publications, 1925-2001
Sub-Series 1: Biographical and pre-1941 materials, 1925-1991
Box 1
Folder 1: Biographical materials, 1925-1991
Folder 2: Critique of Henry Wriston's article, "Nature, Scope, and Essential Elements in General Education", 1935
Folder 3: Sophomore tutorial at Lawrence, 1934-1941
Box 2
Folder 1: Calendars, 1944-1954
Extent: 21 folders
Sub-Series 2: Selection of Pusey as Lawrence president, 1944
Box 1
Folder 4: Articles, 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Correspondence and reports, 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Photographs, 1944
Sub-Series 3: Inauguration of Pusey at Lawrence, 1944
Box 1
Folder 7: Articles, 1944
Folder 8: Board of Trustees replies regarding the inauguration, October 1944
Folder 9: Correspondence to and from Pusey, July-November 1944
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 11: Inaugural address, "The Power of Education", October 1944
Folder 12: Inauguration Committee correspondence, July-November 1944
Folder 13: List of guests, October 1944
Folder 14: Luncheon materials, October 1944
Folder 15: News releases from the Public Relations Office, October 1944
Folder 16: Photographs, 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Presentation of Pusey by Victor Butterfield, 1944
Folder 18: Programs and informational materials, 1944
Sub-Series 4: Lawrence presidency, 1944-1953
Box 1
Folder 19: Annual reports, 1945-1953
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 21: Articles, 1944-1960
Folder 22: Centennial of Lawrence, Correspondence, 1946-1947
Extent: 3 folders
Folder 25: Centennial of Lawrence, Programs and speeches, 1946-1947
Folder 26: Interview of Pusey by Marshall Hulbert, May, 1947
Folder 27: McCarthy, Joseph, clashes with Pusey, articles, 1953-1992
Folder 28: Notebook of Lawrence faculty, 1944-1950
Folder 29: Photographs, 1944-1953View associated digital content.
Folder 30: Presidential portrait, article and photographs, 1954
Folder 31: Publications written while at Lawrence, "Centrality of Humanistic Study", circa 1944-1953
Folder 32: Publications written while at Lawrence, Review of General Education in a Free Society, 1945
Folder 33: Publications written while at Lawrence, "Educational Opportunity", November 1949
Folder 34: Publications written while at Lawrence, "Preliminary Report to the Participants of the Princeton Meeting of the Commission on Liberal Education", October, 1951
Folder 35: Publications written while at Lawrence, "Class Life, Harvard Class of 1928", August, 1952
Folder 36: Publications written while at Lawrence, "McCarthy Record" correspondence, 1952-1953
Folder 37: Speeches, List of speeches given, 1944-1949
Folder 38: Speeches, Convocation, July 1944
Folder 39: Speeches, "Role of Lawrence College in Our Community", September 1944
Folder 40: Speeches, Convocation, November 1944
Folder 41: Speeches, Beloit College inaugural luncheon, November 1944
Folder 42: Speeches, "What the Liberal Arts College Offers the Veteran", January 1945
Folder 43: Speeches, Convocation, 1945
Folder 44: Speeches, Carroll College centennial, January 1946
Folder 45: Speeches, "To the Friends of an Ideal: Seeking a Community of Friends", 1946
Folder 46: Speeches, Appleton High School graduation, June 1947
Folder 47: Speeches, Matriculation address, September 1948
Folder 48: Speeches, Honors Day, April 1949
Folder 49: Speeches, Northland College Commencement address, June 1949
Folder 50: Speeches, Matriculation address, "In Memory of Doc Sammy Plantz", September 1949
Folder 51: Speeches, "New Courses With Old Teachers", April 1950
Folder 52: Speeches, "The Spread of Illiteracy Through Education", November 1950
Folder 53: Speeches, "Education and Unfriendly Circumstance", January 1951
Folder 54: Speeches, "How a Private College is Created", February 1952
Folder 55: Speeches, "What Holy Week Means to Me", April 1952
Folder 56: Speeches, Introduction to "Contribution of the Social Sciences Through General Education to International Relations," discussion, April 1952
Sub-Series 5: Harvard presidency and after, 1953-2001
Box 1
Folder 57: Selection of Pusey as Harvard president, articles, 1953
Folder 58: Pusey's departure for Harvard, Articles and departure song, 1953
Folder 59: Pusey's departure for Harvard, Photographs, 1953View associated digital content.
Folder 60: Installation of Pusey at Harvard, Articles, 1953
Folder 61: Installation of Pusey at Harvard, Photographs, 1953
Folder 62: Installation of Pusey at Harvard, Program and speeches, 1953
Folder 63: Pusey at Harvard, Articles, 1953-1970
Folder 64: Pusey at Harvard, Speeches, Leadership and the American University, A Tribute to Henry M. Wriston", February 1955
Folder 65: Pusey at Harvard, Speeches, "The Price of Excellence", October 1960
Folder 66: Visits to Lawrence by Pusey, Articles, honorary degree citations, and programs, 1954-1987
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 68: Visits to Lawrence by Pusey, Photographs, 1954-1987View associated digital content.
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 70: Visits to Lawrence by Pusey, Speech, Charter day at Lawrence, 1972
Folder 71: Death announcements and Harvard memorial service program, November 2001

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