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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],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1942-2005],
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Series 2: Correspondence, 1942-2005
Sub-Series 1: Arranged by subject
Box 3
Folder 1: Admissions, 1945-1952View associated digital content.
Folder 2: American Council on Education, 1944-1953
Folder 3: American Red Cross, 1945
Folder 4: Appleton, All Saints Episcopal Church, 1947-1953
Folder 5: Appleton, Appleton Education Association, 1947-1950
Folder 6: Appleton, Appleton Public Schools, 1947
Folder 7: Appleton, First Congregational Church, 1949
Folder 8: Applicant letters, 1946-1952
Folder 9: Association of American Colleges, 1945-1953
Folder 10: Association of American Colleges, Commission on Liberal Education, 1946-1953
Folder 11: Butterfield, Victor, 1944-1953
Folder 12: Campus, non-college use, 1947-1953
Folder 13: Committee on Administration, decisions regarding readmission, 1944-1953
Folder 14: Culture of the Middle West, 1944-1945
Folder 15: Curriculum, 1942-1945
Folder 16: Curriculum, Religion, 1950
Folder 17: Delegates and representatives appointed, 1945-1953
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 19: Draft status of faculty and students, 1950-1952
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 21: Faculty, 1951View associated digital content.
Folder 22: Faculty Fellowships, Fund for the Advancement of Education, 1951-1953
Folder 23: Faculty meetings, 1944-1953
Folder 24: Faculty recruitment, 1944-1953
Folder 25: Faculty retirement policies, 1944-1950
Folder 26: Faculty, Speakers Bureau, 1945-1952
Folder 27: Freshman Studies, 1945-2005
Folder 28: Freshman Studies, Rockefeller Foundation grant, 1945-1946
Folder 29: Fulbright recommendations, 1949-1952
Folder 30: Germanics conference, 1949-1951
Folder 31: Great books program, 1947-1952
Folder 32: Hazen Foundation, 1947-1952
Folder 33: Honors Day, 1946-1953
Folder 34: Institute of International Education, 1944-1949
Folder 35: Jennings, Elmer, 1944 and 1963
Jennings was a trustee of Lawrence in the 1940s who served on the search committee that interviewed Pusey for the position of Lawrence president. Pusey's letter sharing his impressions of Lawrence after his interview is included.
Folder 36: Kimberly Clark, Political Philosophies course, 1948
Folder 37: Lawrence presidents, Knight, Douglas, 1954-1962
Folder 38: Lawrence presidents, Smith, Thomas, 1975-1978
Folder 39: Lawrence presidents, Tarr, Curtis, 1965
Folder 40: McCarthy, Joseph, 1952View associated digital content.
Folder 41: Methodist Church, 1944-1953
Folder 42: Midwest Colleges Presidents Conference Association, 1943-1952
Extent: 5 folders
Folder 47: Midwest Colleges Presidents Conference Association, meeting minutes, 1947-1953
Folder 48: Midwest Conference of Liberal Arts Colleges, 1948-1953
Folder 49: Milwaukee-Downer College, 1945-1951
Folder 50: National Research Council, 1945-1952
Folder 51: North Central Association of Colleges, 1952-1953
Folder 52: Parents of Lawrence students, general, 1947-1952
Folder 53: Parents of Lawrence students, specific, 1944-1953
Folder 54: Portrait of Nathan Pusey, 1953-1969
Folder 55: Post-War Committee of Wisconsin Colleges, 1944
Folder 56: Questionnaires, 1945-1953
Folder 57: Request for prayer and national anthem at athletic events, 1950
Folder 58: Reunion, 1976-1978
Folder 59: Rhodes Scholarship Trust, Wisconsin Committee, 1949-1953
Folder 60: Student publications, The Contributor, 1947-1953
Folder 61: Student publications, The Lawrentian, 1944-1950
Folder 62: Student societies and clubs, 1946-1950
Folder 63: Students, general, 1944-1948View associated digital content.
Folder 64: Students, specific, 1945-1953
Folder 65: Teaching, Classical Civilization, 1944-1945
Folder 66: United States Navy post-war training, 1946-1951
Folder 67: United States Navy training facilities survey, 1950
Box 4
Folder 1: United States Veterans Administration, 1945-1951
Folder 2: Veterans, G.I. Bill, 1943-1947
Folder 3: Veterans, students, 1944-1945
Folder 4: Wingspread Conference, 1978-1979
Folder 5: Wisconsin Centennial, 1947-1949
Folder 6: Wisconsin Civil Defense Education Advisory Council, 1951
Folder 7: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 1946-1953
Folder 8: Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges, 1952-1954
Folder 9: Wisconsin Governor's Commission on Human Rights, 1947-1950
Folder 10: Wisconsin Governor's Commission on Improvement of the Educational System, 1948
Folder 11: Wisconsin Manufacturers Association, 1951-1952
Folder 12: Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, 1950
Folder 13: Wisconsin Public Bill 109A Legislation, 1945
Folder 14: World War II, alumni and student casualties and memorial service, 1942-1951
Folder 15: Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), 1948-1952
Folder 16: Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), 1944-1953
Sub-Series 2: Arranged chronologically
Box 5
Folder 1: July, 1944-June, 1950View associated digital content.
Extent: 72 folders
Box 6
Folder 1-40: July, 1950-February, 1954View associated digital content.
Extent: 40 folders

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