Pusey, Nathan M. (Nathan Marsh), 1907-2001. Papers of Nathan Marsh Pusey : an inventory Harvard University Archives
©President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2007
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Call No.: UAI 15.900
Creator: Pusey, Nathan M. (Nathan Marsh), 1907-2001.
Title: Papers of Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1860, 1907, ca. 1915-2001.
Quantity: 9.2 cubic feet (26 document boxes, 1 portfolio box)
Abstract: Nathan Marsh Pusey (1907-2001) was the twenty-fourth president of Harvard University
from 1953 to 1971. This collection contains material from his personal and professional
life starting chiefly from after his retirement from Harvard University in 1971,
to his death in 2001.
Note: This document last updated 2015 November 12.
The Papers of Nathan Marsh Pusey were acquired through donation or purchase. Whenever
possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the descriptions and item
The acquisitions are as follows:
1953 Mason Hammond
1955 D.W. Bailey
1957 Reuben A. Holden
1958 M.A. DeWolfe Howe
1971 Nathan Marsh Pusey
1980 William Bentinck-Smith
Accession number: 08490; 1978 October 2
Accession number: 10927; 1986 November 21
Accession number: 12566; 1992 October 21
Accession number: 12616; 1993 January 14
Accession number: 14405; 2001 October 1
Accession number: 16050; 2004 October 25
Accession number: 17292; 2006 February 28
The Papers of Nathan Marsh Pusey were first classified and described in the Harvard
University Archives shelflist prior to 1980. In May 2007, Dominic P. Grandinetti re-processed the material. Re-processing included integrating several small collections,
re-housing materials in the appropriate containers, establishment of a series and
subseries hierarchy, and the creation of this inventory. The archivist placed the
documents into acid-free folders, re-housed the materials into archival document boxes,
and examined the folder contents to establish the date of the material.
Photograph negatives were scanned onto acid-free paper by the archivist and the reproduced
images were added to the collection. News clippings were photocopied and the originals
Call numbers beyond the base call number were eliminated. A list of these obsolete call numbers
is included in this finding aid.
The following folders were moved from this collection and properly placed among the
Records of the President of Harvard University, Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1953-1971 (UAI
- [Interim Report: Roy E. Larson to Overseers Committee] added to Overseers: Committee
on Resources, 1962-1963, Box 272.
- [Letter from Dean of Harvard Law School to Pusey regarding capital improvement] added
to Law School: Dean, 1960-1961, Box 210.
- [Letter from Secretary to the Board of Overseers to President Pusey regarding Radcliffe
Enrollment] added to Radcliffe, Box 25.
- [Memo to the President regarding Harvard's public relations, from William Bentinck
Smith] added to Barn-Bj, Box 5.
[Memorandum on Minnesota's Invasion of Harvard College] added to Harvard Club of
Minnesota, 1956-1957, Box 96.
- [Nathan M. Pusey, memo, Dean of FAS, memo to Pusey regarding Arthur Schlesinger's
memo (Extralegal Patriot Assemblage)] added to Communism, 1955-1956, Box 65.
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- Records of Pusey's administration of Harvard are described in a separate inventory:
Records of the President of Harvard University, Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1953-1971 (UAI
- Images of Nathan Marsh Pusey are listed in the inventory of the Harvard University
Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits (HUP): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua04006 and the inventory of the Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Subjects
(HUPSF):http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua20004 Some images have been digitized and are visible through these inventories and through
VIA, Harvard's online image catalog.
- Pusey, Nathan Marsh, Biographical File (HUG 300).
- Search HOLLIS (Harvard's online library system) for works by and about Nathan Marsh Pusey.
- Biographical Materials
- General Correspondence
- Family Correspondence
- Writings by Nathan Marsh Pusey
- Writings about Nathan Marsh Pusey
- Subject Files
- Papers of Anne W. Pusey
- Pusey Family Papers
- Nathan Marsh Pusey is born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Graduates from Abraham Lincoln High School; enters Harvard University
- Earns Harvard A.B., magna cum laude.
- Travels to Europe, mainly France and Italy.
- Teaches at Riverdale Country Day School (Bronx, New York)
- Studies ancient cultures in Greece
- Earns Harvard M.A.
- Attends the American School of Classical Study in Athens, Greece, as an Archibald
Cary Coolidge Fellow
- Begins teaching career at Lawrence College (Appleton, Wisconsin)
- 1936 June 10
- Marries Anne Woodward; the couple eventually has three children: Nathan Marsh, James
Reeve, and Rosemary
- Earns Harvard Ph.D. in ancient history
- Assistant Professor of History and Literature at Scripps College (Claremont, California)
- Serves as Associate Professor of Classics at Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut)
- Teaches physics to naval aviation students as part of the War effort
- Serves as eleventh president of Lawrence College (Appleton, Wisconsin).
- Challenges Senator Joe McCarthy's claims of communist infiltration of the United
- Serves as twenty-fourth president of Harvard University
- Serves as President of the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation
- Room at Memorial Church is dedicated to Nathan M. Pusey and his wife, Anne (this
room is refurbished and rededicated in 1994)
- 1976 May 1
- Pusey Library is dedicated
- Serves as President of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
- The Nathan M. Pusey Professorship in East Asian Studies established at Lawrence
- 2001 November 24
- Nathan Marsh Pusey dies at the age of 94
Nathan Marsh Pusey (1907-2001) was the twenty-fourth President of Harvard University from 1953 to 1971. He was also President of Lawrence College (1944-1953), President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1971-1975) and President of the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia (1978-1983). Pusey's tenure as President of Harvard University was defined by the
construction of new buildings, expanded fundraising, and emergence of student unrest
and the social activism of the late 1960s.
Early Life and Career
Nathan Marsh Pusey was born on April 4, 1907 at Council Bluffs, Iowa, to John Marsh Pusey (1866-1908) and Rosa (Drake) Pusey (1877-1947). Pusey's father died when he was a year old, leaving his mother, a school
teacher, to raise Pusey and her two other children, John and Esther.
An excellent student, Pusey attended the Abraham Lincoln High School and became editor of the school paper, President of the Philomathian Literary Society,
a member of the debating club, basketball team, and President of the Junior Class.
Entering Harvard University on a Charles Elliott Perkins Scholarship, Pusey was known for his methodical work habits and scholarship. He was selected
to the Dean's List for four years and elected to the Harvard chapter of Phi Betta
Kappa his senior year.
Pusey's post-graduate activities consisted of a trip to Europe (1929), teaching at
the Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx,New York City (1929), spending a summer studying Greek (1931), and attending the American School of Classical Study in Athens, Greece, as an Archibald Cary Coolidge Fellow (1932).
Pusey began a teaching career as a sophomore tutor at Lawrence College in 1935. He moved on to Scripps College in 1938 as an Assistant Professor of history and literature. Later, Pusey became a professor of Greek and ancient history at Wesleyan University (1940), where in addition to his history instruction, Pusey taught physics to naval aviation students during World War II.
Pusey's organizational abilities and administrative skills were recognized when he
was elected President of Lawrence College in 1944. At Lawrence College, Pusey increased
the endowment, enhanced faculty benefits, and improved the curriculum by adding a new course, Freshman Studies, which emphasized the discussion of ideas through the study of classic works of literature,
art, and music.
In 1953, Nathan M. Pusey became Harvard University's twenty-fourth president, the
first non-New Englander to head the school. Known as a tireless fundraiser and educational
reformer, Pusey was charged with the task of improving undergraduate education and
the liberal arts program. Pusey's presidency was marked by several major accomplishments.
Among these are:
- Initiation of Harvard's first major financial campaign, the Program for Harvard College, which eventually increased the University endowment to one billion dollars. This
money was used to improve faculty salaries, expand student financial aid, and begin new building construction.
- The establishment of a "needs-blind" admission policy emphasizing merit and that led to a new and dynamically diversified student body.
Under Pusey's direction the number of
foreign students,African-American students, and women increased.
- The rebuilding of the Harvard Divinity School with an enlarged faculty, student body, and facilities.
- Aggressive construction of thirty new buildings including:
- 1959 Countway Library Center of Medicine
- 1959 Loeb Drama Center
- 1961 Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
- 1965 Hilles Library
- 1967 Holyoke Center
- 1969 Gund Hall
- 1969 Gutman Library
- 1972 Science Center
- 1973 Pusey Library
Under Pusey's stewardship, Harvard University grew. Faculty and administrative ranks
increased from 3000 to 8500, student enrollment rose from 10,000 to 15,000, and Summer
and Extension School enrollment expanded from 4,400 to 10,000. The operating budget
of the University increased from $39 million to $200 million.
Pusey's years at Harvard University were not without controversy or difficulty. Towards
the end of his tenure, the student movements that were having an impact worldwide
also came to Harvard. Campus unrest, centered chiefly on protests against the Vietnam War and Harvard's expansion came to a head in 1969. Pusey took a dim view of student demonstrations and sit-ins and was regularly attacked by students and the Harvard Crimson. For Pusey, the ideals of reason and civility on campus were being threatened and
had to be protected. In April 1969, when dozens of students took over University Hall to protest the presence of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) on campus and forcibly evicted the Deans, Pusey engaged the police, wearing
riot gear, to remove the protesters. The scene of the police battling students was broadcast on television and viewed
around the world, drastically altering perceptions of Pusey's administration and overshadowing
its many accomplishments. Pusey announced in February 1970 his intention to retire.
After his Harvard Presidency, Pusey lent his name, time, and administrative talents
to several charitable organizations. Pusey served four years as President of the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1971-1975) and was President of the United Board for
Christian Higher Education in Asia from 1979 to 1983. He also served on the boards
of many charities including Fountain House, a charity that counsels the mentally ill. In addition to his charitable work, Pusey
was an active member of the Episcopal Church, a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, and Chairman of the Fund for Theological Education.
Nathan Pusey led Harvard University during a time of rapid growth and turbulent change.
He guided Harvard's post-war transformation and expansion, helped to build the faculty,
improved student financial aid, and expanded undergraduate education. Pusey was remembered
by his friends and colleagues as a caring and warm person, who made an enormous difference
in strengthening every aspect of College life.
Nathan Marsh Pusey died in New York City on November 24, 2001 at the age of 94.Family
Nathan Marsh Pusey married Anne Woodward Pusey (1914-2004) on June 10, 1936. They had three children: Nathan Marsh (b. 1937), James
Reeve (b. 1940), and Rosemary (b. 1942).
- "Nathan Pusey, former Harvard President, "The Boston Globe, 15 November 2001.
- "Nathan Pusey dies at 94: Harvard's twenty-fourth president served University for almost
two decades. "Harvard University Gazette, 15 November 2001.
- Smullyan, Deborah. "Pusey, Nathan Marsh, "American National Biography OnlineMarch 2007.
- "Nathan Marsh Pusey. "Current Biography. 1953.
- Joshua E. Gewolb. "Through the Looking Class: Pusey Recalls His Presidency. "The Harvard Crimson, 28 November 2000,p. 5.
- Harvard Class of 1928: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Report. Cambridge, Massachusetts: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1953.
- Harvard Class of 1928: Fiftieth Anniversary Report. Cambridge, Massachusetts: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1978.
- The Pusey Years at Harvard: a Biographical Sketch of Nathan M. Pusey, President of
Harvard University, 1953-1971. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University News Office,1971.
- A Salute to the Pusey Years, 1953-1971. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Printing Office, .
Below is a list of the members of the Nathan Marsh Pusey Family. Each is preceded
by their relationship to him.
Parents and Siblings
- Father: John Marsh Pusey (1866-1908)
- Mother: Rose (Drake) Pusey (1877-1947)
- Sister: Esther Natalia Pusey (1904-1991); married [unknown] Briggs; Elgin E. Leach
- Brother: John Drake Pusey (1905-1966); married Margaret L. Jarvis in 1926
Spouses and children
- Wife: Anne (Woodward) Pusey (1914-2004)
- Son : Nathan Marsh (b. 1937); married Elizabeth Davidson
- Son: James Reeve (b. 1940); married Anne Wang
- Daughter: Rosemary (b. 1942); married David S. Hopkins in 1965
- Father-in-law: Carleton Hutchins Woodward
- Mother-in-law: Hortense Forsyth Woodward (1885-1973?)
- Brother-in-law: Carleton Hutchins Woodward, Jr. (1917-1999?)
- Sister-in-law: Joan Woodward (Mrs. James L. Linehan, Jr.)
The Papers of Nathan Marsh Pusey document his personal and professional life starting
chiefly from after his retirement from Harvard University in 1971, to his death in
2001. Materials related to Pusey's official activities as president of Harvard University
(1953-1971) will not be found in these papers.
The largest part of these papers, consisting of correspondence, speeches, and writings,
document important aspects of Pusey's accomplishments at Harvard University and shed
light on his leadership roles in various charitable organizations. These papers also
recount Pusey's early student days, his administration of Lawrence College, and highlight
the many honors, awards, and accolades Pusey received over his lifetime. In addition,
these papers contain material referring to the Pusey Family, including Pusey's wife,
Anne W. Pusey.
- Series: Biographical Materials, 1907, ca. 1915-2001 and undated 1.6 cubic feet (4 document boxes, 2 folders)
Related Material: The Writings about Nathan Marsh Pusey subseries contains additional biographical information
about Nathan Pusey.
Processing Information: The material in this subseries was gathered together and arranged by subject, topic,
or genre by the archivist.
Scope and Content
: This series contains a limited selection of materials documenting Nathan Pusey's personal
and family life.
This series includes photographs and negatives, invitations, awards and citations,
programs, letters, telegrams, lists, a will, charts, greeting cards, notebooks, medals,
audio cassette tapes, and a reel-to-reel audio tape.
- Appointments, 1933-1978 Box 1
- Appraisal of Sterling Silver Holloware, 1971 Box 26
- Awards and Citations, 1934, 1954-2001 Box 1
- Biographical Sketches, 1953-1979 Box 1
- Condolence letters to Anne Pusey upon the death of Nathan M. Pusey, 2001 Box 1
- Congratulatory letters to Nathan M. Pusey upon his appointment as President of Lawrence
College, 1944 Box 1
- Congratulatory letters to Nathan M. Pusey upon his retirement, 1971 Box 1
- Eightieth Birthday Party Celebration, 1987 (2 folders) Box 1
- Ephemera, ca. 1940s-1950s and undated Box 1
Scope and Content
: This folder contains:
- Narrow Fabric Textile Union Permit Card, 1942
- All Saints Episcopal Church building fund pledge card, 1950
- President Pusey name tag, undated
- Religion at Harvard brochure with Pusey's picture inside, undated.
- [Hidden House, Seal Harbor, Maine, 1954-1959] Box 1
- Interview, A Conversation with Nathan Pusey, 1999 Box 1
- Interview, [Origins of the Center of Hellenic Studies], 1988 Box 2
- Last Will and Testament of Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1949 Box 26
- Medals, including signature cut, 1969 Box 4
Scope and Content
: This box contains the following medals:
- 1907 Medal of Charles William Eliot
- 1953 University of Heidelberg, Germany
- 1954 Columbia University, Bicentennial Medal
- 1959 Inauguration, President Julius Adams Stratton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1960 Boylston Medical Society, Sesquicentennial Banquet
- 1960 International Association of Universities, Conference, Mexico
- 1960 Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University
- 1961 University of Pavia
- 1964 Medal celebrating the centennial of Lauro Muller, Secretary of State of Brazil
- 1965 Yale-Harvard Regatta
- 1969 University of Zagreb, Croatia
- Franco-American goodwill medal, undated
- Mercy Button, undated
- Signature cut, Nathan M. Pusey, undated
- University Carolina Pragensis, Charles University, Czech Republic, undated
- University of Helsinki, Finland
- Photographs, Nathan M. Pusey and Family, ca. 1915-2001 Box 2
- Pusey Family Genealogy, 1955-1992 (2 folders) Box 2
Scope and Content
: These folders contain photographs of:
- Nathan and Anne Pusey, undated
- John Pusey, Class of 1960, 1960. John's mother wrote to Pusey thinking that they
might have been related.
- Student notes, undergraduate French notebook, ca. 1920s Box 2
- Student notes, History 3a, The Roman Republic, [1931?] Box 2
- Student notes, History 3b, The Roman Empire, 1932 Box 3
- Student notes, History 4, History of Greece to the Roman Conquest, 1932 Box 3
- Student notes, Government 6, The History of Political Theory, volume 1, 1932 Box 3
- Student notes, Government 6, The History of Political Theory, volume 2, 1933 Box 3
- Student notes, Government 6 Exam, 1933 Box 3
- Series: Speeches, 1944-2000 and undated 2.8 cubic feet (8 document boxes, 1 folder)
Processing Information: Pusey's speeches were donated to the Archives in three separate groups. During the
reprocessing of this collection, the archivist disassembled these groups and weeded
duplicate speeches to create this series. Speeches were arranged alphabetically by
title or the institution or place in which the speech was given.
Scope and Content
: This series includes a full range of Pusey's speeches both as Harvard University president
and after his retirement on a variety of topics and at various venues. They include
his remarks at dinners, talks, luncheons, memorials, school commencements, committees,
and university inaugurals. Harvard University addresses include baccalaureate speeches
to the graduating class, welcome speeches to the freshman class, and speeches to organizations
associated with Harvard University such as the Harvard Alumni Association and Harvard
Clubs. In addition, this series contains speeches that Pusey gave that relate to his
outside activities as president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a volunteer at
the Fountain House, as president of the United Board for Christian Higher Education
in Asia, and as a board member of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. There are also
several speeches and presentations that Pusey gave as Lawrence College president in
this series. Researchers should note that some of Pusey's speeches consist of notes
and outlines that he referred to during his talks and presentations.
This series consists of manuscripts (typewritten and handwritten), notes, drafts,
outlines, photographs, news clippings, and University News Office reprints of Pusey's
- Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professorship, 1961 Box 13
- Adult Forum of the Episcopal Union, 1980 Box 13
- The Affidavit Requirement in the National Defense Education Act, 1960 Box 13
- The Age of the Scholar, 1963 Box 13
- All Saint Church, Bicentennial Sermon, 1976 Box 13
- America and Jerusalem, 1954 Box 13
- American Council of Learned Societies, recommendations in the area of international
relations, 1973 Box 13
- The American University, 1960 Box 13
- The Arnold Arboretum, 1957 Box 13
- Asian Christian College, 1982 Box 13
- Associated Harvard Club, 1957 Box 13
- [Augustin] Cardinal Bea, 1963 Box 13
- Baccalaureate Addresses, Memorial Church, 1954-1971 (3 folders) Box 13
- Benjamin Franklin, 1956 Box 13
- Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1954 Box 13
- Boston College, centennial, 1963 Box 13
- Boston College, Inauguration of the Very Reverend W. Seavey Joyce, 1968 Box 13
- Boston Medicine and Medical Education, 1958 Box 13
- Brown University, Bicentennial Convocation, 1964 Box 13
- Bryn Mawr Commencement, 1956 Box 13
- Cambridge and Harvard, 1959 Box 14
- The Carnegie Study of the Federal Government and Higher Education, 1962 Box 14
- Chaing Mai Conference, 1982 Box 26
- The Changing University, 1957 Box 14
- Channel 2 Dinner, 1954 Box 14
- Charles experience at Harvard, and Harvard's experience of Charles, 1989 Box 14
- Charles Price, memorial service,  Box 14
- Christ Church, Bicentennial Sermon, 1976 Box 14
- Christianity in the World, 1986 Box 14
- [The Church of the Epiphany, Vision and Mission, undated] Box 14
- The Church in China, 1981 Box 14
- Colonel William's Legacy, 1955 Box 14
- A College and a University, 1962 Box 14
- College of the Holy Cross, convocation in observance of the founding of the College,
1968 Box 14
- Commission on Liberal Education, 1952 Box 14
- The Contemporary University, 1968 Box 14
- [Cotting House, undated] Box 14
- Criticism and Reaffirmation, 1953 Box 14
- Culture, Education and the Church, 1966 Box 14
- A Curious kind of occasion: a wedding feast, birthday party, commemorative banquet, 1966 Box 14
- [Current disturbances and ills which plague college and university campuses, 1969] Box 14
- A development in the curriculum of Harvard College and an account of the life and
work of an unusual professor who played a leading part, 1962 Box 14
- Dickinson College, Commencement, 1965 Box 14
- The Difficulty of seeing the University whole, 1967 Box 14
- Doctor Pusey Reports on Asian Trip, 1982 Box 14
- [Duties of the President of Harvard University, 1968] Box 14
- The Ecumenical Movement: A Layman's View, 1963 Box 14
- Ecumenical Movement and World Council of Churches, 1957 Box 14
- Education and Medicine, 1956 Box 14
- Education for Free Men, 1954 Box 14
- Education traditions that are alive, often in uneasy balance, in Harvard today, 1956 Box 14
- Edwin L. Godkin, 1960 Box 14
- Episcopal Church, comments on the Report of the Special Committee to Study Theological
Education, 1967 Box 14
- Episcopal Church, Foundation Dinner, 1965 Box 14
- [Financial aid to Harvard from the Midwest, 1959] Box 14
- Freedom, Loyalty, and the American University, 1954 Box 14
- George Ticknor, 1957 Box 14
- God's Call to a New Beginning, 1981 Box 14
- Harvard Alumni Association, addresses, 1954-1959 Box 14
- Harvard Alumni Association, addresses, 1960-1988 (4 folders) Box 15
- Harvard and the City, 1969 Box 15
- Harvard's architectural problems, 1958 Box 15
- [Harvard Buildings and Land Uses, undated] Box 15
- Harvard Clubs, 1955-1956 Box 15
- Harvard Club of Boston, 1957-1971 Box 15
- Harvard Club of Chicago, 1957 Box 15
- Harvard Club of Michigan, 1965 Box 15
- Harvard Club of New York City, 1955-1973 Box 15
- Harvard Club of Pittsburgh, 1968 Box 15
- Harvard Club of Wisconsin, 1970 Box 15
- Harvard College, Fiftieth Reunion, Class of 1959, 1959 Box 15
- Harvard College, Freshman class reception, 1953 Box 15
- The Harvard Corporation 1780-1955, [1955?] Box 15
- Harvard Divinity School, address to the incoming class, 1955 Box 15
- Harvard Divinity School, convocation service, 1966 Box 15
- Harvard Divinity School, opening convocation, 1954 Box 15
- Harvard Fund Council, 1960, 1965 Box 15
- Harvard, its present condition, the tasks which confront her, the dynamism that is
within her, 1966 Box 15
- Harvard largely made over since the War, changed situation and new focus, 1964 Box 15
- Harvard Law School, Marshall Conference, 1955 Box 15
- Harvard Law School, receiving portrait head of Felix Frankfurter, 1960 Box 15
- Harvard Law School, Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1967 Box 15
- Harvard Medical School, dedication of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine,
1965 Box 16
- Harvard Medical School, Program for Harvard Medicine, 1961 Box 16
- [Harvard Medical Education and Medicine and the University, 1962] Box 16
- Harvard's position in the World and responsibility, 1962 Box 16
- Harvard University, Appleton Chapel, addresses, 1954-1970 Box 16
- Harvard University, Business School, 1969 Box 16
- Harvard University, class agent's dinner, 1962 Box 16
- Harvard University, Class of 1928, Thirty-Fifth Reunion, 1963 Box 16
- Harvard University, Class of 1928, Fifty-Fifth Reunion, 1983 Box 16
- Harvard University, Class of 1945 meeting, 1970 Box 16
- Harvard University, 1963 Class Officers, 1963 Box 16
- Harvard University, Class Officers, 1967 Box 16
- Harvard University, dedication of the Carpenter Center, undated Box 16
- Harvard University, dedication of the Loeb Drama Center, 1960 Box 16
- Harvard University, dinner for Kennedy Library, 1964 Box 16
- Harvard University, Freshman speeches, 1953-1970 Box 16
- Harvard University, Fund for Adult Education Lectures, 1956 Box 16
- Harvard University, ground breaking for Gund Hall, 1969 Box 16
- Harvard University, Harvard Dames, 1955 Box 16
- Harvard University, Harvard Memorial Church, dedication of the Pusey Room, 1972 Box 16
- Harvard University, installation as twenty-fourth president, 1953 Box 16
- Harvard University, Poetry Lecture Fund, 1960 Box 16
- Harvard University, President's Associates, 1970 Box 16
- Harvard University, Resources Committee, 1962-1970 Box 16
- Harvard University, Shop Clubs, 1955 Box 16
- Harvard University, speech to classmates at a reunion, undated Box 16
- Harvard University, speeches on Houses, 1956-1969 Box 16
- Harvard University, Three Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary Dinner, 1986 Box 17
- Harvard University, Twenty-five Year Recognition Ceremony, 1960 Box 17
- Harvard University, Visiting Deans, 1960 Box 17
- Harvard, vast and growing, 1966 Box 17
- Henry Knox Sherrill, undated Box 17
- Higher Education and the Federal Government, 1963 Box 17
- The Historical and Essential Relationship between Philanthropy and the Continued Independence
of Independent Higher Education in America, undated Box 17
- Hope this can be beginning of a continuing conversation, undated Box 17
- How important is the Christian ministry?, 1955 Box 17
- How to write an open letter to President Pusey protesting his statement that the Harvard
Divinity School should have "dedicated" men, undated Box 17
- Impertinence in a Westerner presuming to speak about problems in Asia, undated Box 17
- Japan International Christian University Foundation, Seventh Annual Luncheon Women's
Planning Committee, 1962 Box 17
- John Hopkins University, installation of Lincoln Gordon as Ninth President, 1968 Box 17
- The Joint Responsibility of Public and Private Universities, 1958 Box 17
- Justice, The University, and the Professions, 1955 Box 17
- Lawrence College, Honors Day Convocation, 1963 Box 17
- Lawrence College, introducing Freshman to [Alfred North] Whitehead, undated Box 17
- Lawrence College, matriculation addresses, 1944, 1948 Box 17
- Lawrence University, One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Observance,  Box 17
- Leadership and the American University: A tribute to Henry M. Wriston, 1955 Box 17
- Lehigh University, Inauguration of W. Deming Lewis, 1965 Box 17
- Liberal Education in the University of Tomorrow, 1967 Box 17
- Man's Opportunities and Responsibilities Under Freedom, 1954 Box 17
- Massachusetts Council of Churches, addresses, 1962 Box 17
- Massachusetts General Hospital, Luncheon, 1961 Box 17
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Inauguration of Howard W. Johnson, 1966 Box 17
- Meet the Press, interview, 1957 Box 17
- Memorial Service for the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, 1968 Box 17
- Ministry for Tomorrow, 1967 Box 17
- [Mood, temper, and lines of development of the University today, 1968] Box 17
- Morehouse College, commencement, 1962 Box 17
- [Morris Loeb Professorship, 1958] Box 17
- National Academy of Sciences, Centennial Banquet, 1963 Box 17
- National Conference of Christians and Jews dinner, 1954 Box 17
- The Need for Public Support, 1958 Box 17
- The Needed New Man in Architecture, 1966 Box 17
- [The New Testament, undated] Box 18
- Newcomers [at Harvard University], 1960 Box 18
- [New England's perverse Federalist Ways, undated] Box 18
- The newness, the promise and a weakness in the university in the world today, 1962 Box 18
- Not to Eat? Not for Love?, 1978 Box 18
- Notes for sermons and speeches, ca. 1950s-2000s (2 folders) Box 18
- Our Future in Asia,  Box 18
- Our Legacy of Lasting Values, 1976 Box 18
- Paulus Tillich, 1965 Box 18
- Pius Memorial Library at Saint Louis University, dedication ceremonies, 1959 Box 18
- [President John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, statement, 1963] Box 18
- The President's Report, Harvard University, 1953-1968 (2 folders) Box 18
- The President's Report, Lawrence College, 1944-1946 Box 18
- The President's Report, Lawrence College, 1947-1953 (2 folders) Box 19
- Princeton Theological Seminary, dedication of the Robert Elliott Speer Library, 1957 Box 19
- The Priority of the Liberal Arts College, 1955 Box 19
- Problems Confronting the Colleges, 1954 Box 19
- Problems facing the Universities, 1956 Box 19
- Problems Facing American Universities Today, 1978 Box 19
- Program for Harvard College, 1956-1960 Box 19
- The Promise of York, 1965 Box 19
- Radcliffe College, Bunting Inauguration, 1960 Box 19
- Radcliffe College, Seventy-Fifth anniversary speech, 1954 Box 19
- Reflections on Freshman Studies, 1987 Box 19
- Relationship between Government and Science, 1963 Box 19
- The Relationships between Universities and the Federal Government, 1963 Box 19
- [Religion at Harvard and the use of the Memorial Church, 1958] Box 19
- Religion's Role in Liberal Education, 1954 Box 19
- The Responsibility of Laymen in Theological Education, 1964 Box 19
- Mr. Rockefeller's contribution to vital religion, 1960 Box 19
- The Role of the University in the World Today, 1961 Box 19
- ROTC Attack Shameful, 1969 Box 19
- Science in the University, 1959 Box 19
- Self-Reliance and Government Support, undated Box 19
- The Selection and Promotion of Academic Staff in the United States, 1964 Box 19
- Some Considerations about Harvard at the top of my concern, some of our pressing current
problems, 1964 Box 19
- [Some of today's problems in education, 1955] Box 19
- [Student unrest and campus disturbance, 1969] Box 20
- Tempest in Academy, 1965 Box 20
- That We May Be One, 1955 Box 20
- [Theological Education, 1964] Box 20
- Tillich and Religion at Harvard, 1993 Box 20
- [The timely and needed effort to revitalize the Harvard Divinity School, 1956] Box 20
- Toward the Second Century of American Involvement in Christian Higher Education in
Asia, 1980 Box 20
- A Tribute to Harold Dodds, 1957 Box 20
- [The unchurched American, 1978] Box 20
- United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, retirement speech, 1983 Box 20
- The Unity of the Bible, 1987 Box 20
- The University and Sectional Difference, 1964 Box 20
- UBC-AAU [University Benefits Committee-Academic Affairs Committee], 1962 Box 20
- The University Comes of Age, 1963 Box 20
- The University Eighty Years Later, 1957 Box 20
- University of Delhi, convocation address, 1961 Box 20
- University of Michigan, greetings at the University's Sesquicentennial, 1967 Box 20
- The University Presidency, 1968 Box 20
- A University's Responsibilities, 1956 Box 20
- Universities' Role in Strengthening Civilization, 1966 Box 20
- Utility and the American University, 1958 Box 20
- Wesleyan College, 1967 Box 20
- What Makes a College Good?, 1960 Box 20
- Wheaton College, commencement, 1964 Box 20
- [Why did President Pusey call the police?, undated] Box 20
- William Bender, 1960 Box 20
- [William Bentinck-Smith, 1971] Box 20
- World Council of Churches, central committee, 1962 Box 20
- Yale University, Inaugural Luncheon for President Kingman Brewster, 1964 Box 20
- Series: Writings, 1935-2001 and undated .7 cubic foot (2 document boxes, 8 portfolio folders)
: The writings in this series were in no naturally discernible order when received;
therefore, a series order was imposed during the reprocessing of this collection.
Processing and arrangement details for each subseries are noted below.
: The Writing series has two subseries:
- Writings by Nathan Marsh Pusey
- Writings about Nathan Marsh Pusey
- Writings by Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1935-1997 and undated .35 cubic foot (1 document box, 1 folder)
Processing Information: The writings in this subseries were arranged alphabetically by the archivist.
Scope and Content: This subseries contains a small number of Nathan Pusey's published and unpublished
writings and includes reprints, news clippings, essays, articles, reviews, notes,
drafts, a Ph.D. thesis, and one of Pusey's two published books, American Higher Education.
- A Great Dean, 1967 Box 21
- The Age of the Scholar, 1963 Box 21
- Coming Apart: A Memoir of the Harvard Wars of 1969, comment, 1997 Box 21
- The Exploding World of Education, 1955 Box 21
- Gaining an Understanding of Fountain House, 1990 Box 21
- [How does one get started in the work of college and university teaching?, 1955] Box 21
- In the Depth of a Mystery, a Face, 1958 Box 21
- [The intellectual component in our national life, 1959] Box 21
- An Island of Light, 1957 Box 21
- Joseph McCarthy's crusade: Black Knight on a white horse, review, 1973 Box 21
- Lawrence Lowell and his Revolution, 1980 Box 26
- [McGeorge Bundy, biographical reminiscences, 1996] Box 21
- Major Changes in the Nature and Responsibility of the University toward the World
of Learning, undated Box 21
- [Notes of East Asian Tour, 1961] Box 21
- On The Character of Aristeides, undated Box 21
- On the University Level, 1956 Box 21
- Out of war, peace gains stability, 1969 Box 21
- [The present educational crisis, 1957] Box 21
- A Religion for Now, 1953 Box 21
- [Sail on Winds of Change: Two Decades in the Life of the United Board for Christian
Higher Education in Asia 1969-1990, review, undated] Box 21
- Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living, review, 1997 Box 21
- What is College for?, 1957 Box 21
- Writings about Nathan Marsh Pusey 1944-2001 and undated .35 cubic foot (1 document box, 8 portfolio folders)
Related Material: The Biographical Materials series contains additional biographical information about
: The writings in this subseries were arranged alphabetically by the archivist.
Two scrapbooks containing news clippings were disassembled and the clippings photocopied
onto acid-free paper.
Scope and Content: This subseries contains writings that reflect on Nathan Pusey's life and career, many
by friends and colleagues. This subseries consists of news clippings, books, articles,
poetry, speeches and addresses, and press releases.
- The Corporation Elects a President, 1953 Box 22
- A Day with the President, 1955 Box 22
- The Faculty's President: Nathan Pusey (1944-1953) in A Great and Good Work: A History of Lawrence University, 1847-1964, 1994 Box 22
- Harvard Comes to New York, remarks by Mr. David Rockefeller at dinner for President and Mrs. Pusey, 1965 Box 22
- Harvard's President Pusey, 1954 Box 22
- In Honor of Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1953 Box 22
- Nathan Pusey, 1975 Box 22
- Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1980 Box 22
- Nathan Marsh Pusey, address made at a dinner of the Yale University Council, 1953 Box 22
- Dr. Nathan M. Pusey Elected President [to United Board for Christian Higher Education
in Asia], 1979 Box 22
- [Nathan M. Pusey, honorary degree presented by Morehouse College, 1962] Box 22
- Nathan M. Pusey, notes for a toast for President and Mrs. Pusey at Harvard Club, Boston, Massachusetts,
1971 Box 22
- [Nathan M. Pusey, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, press release, 1970] Box 22
- Nathan M. Pusey, remarks of Paul C. Readon, President of the Harvard Alumni Association to the Assembled
Alumni on Commencement Afternoon, 1960 Box 22
- [Nathan M. Pusey, William Bentinck-Smith's talk at Associated Harvard Alumni dinner, 1971] Box 22
- News clippings, 1944-1953 Box 22
- News clippings, 1953-1953, 1999, 2001 Box 22
- News clippings, 1944-1987 Box 27
- [Poems about the Pusey's, 1971, 2001 and undated Box 22
- The Pusey Years at Harvard: A Biographical Sketch of Nathan M. Pusey, President of
Harvard University 1953-1971,  Box 22
- A Salute to the Pusey Years 1953-1971,  Box 22
- Series: Papers of Anne W. Pusey, 1971-2000 and undated .35 cubic foot (1 document box, 1 folder)
Processing Information: The material in this series was arranged alphabetically by the archivist.
: The Roosevelt Hospital folder in this series contains Anne Pusey's daily work sheets
that include her comments and observations about hospital patients.
Restrictions apply. Requires preliminary review by archivists.
Biographical Note: Anne W. Pusey (1914-2004) was highly regarded for the support she provided her husband,
Nathan M. Pusey, at both Lawrence College and Harvard University. She was also recognized
for her generous volunteer work for a wide variety of causes. At Lawrence College
she served as president of the ladies' auxiliary of the All Saints Episcopal Church
and participated in many Red Cross blood drives. For eighteen years at Harvard University,
Pusey headed three women's organizations including the Harvard Dames, a social group
for professor's wives that sponsored language classes, supper parties, dancing classes,
luncheon groups, concerts, and sport activities. Moreover, Pusey was noted for the
receptions she hosted at the President's home for students during her years in Cambridge.
After 1971 she became a hospital volunteer, held many posts for the Cosmopolitan Club,
and served as Bryn Mawr Alumnae Director.
Scope and Content: Most of the material in this series pertains to Anne W. Pusey's involvement with charitable
organizations and clubs. This series includes news clippings, lists, meeting minutes,
flyers, newsletters, notes, bylaws, a songbook, and letters.
- Correspondence, 1971-1995 Box 24
- Non-profit and charitable organizations
- Bryn Mawr College, 1990, 1996 Box 24
- Church of the Epiphany, 1985, 1990 Box 24
- The Cosmopolitan Club, 1972, 1980-1982 Box 24
- The Cosmopolitan Club, Early Bird Exercises, 1999-2000 Box 24
- The Cosmopolitan Club, Membership Committee, 1980-1986 (2 folders) Box 24
- The Junior Fortnightly, 1975-1983 Box 24
- The Mothers' Thursday Club, 1993, 1995 Box 24
- The Mothers' Study Club, 1989-1991, 1998 Box 24
- Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, 1992-1995 Box 24
- The Roosevelt Hospital, 1972-1977 Box 26
- Saint James' Church Third Age Council, 1994-1997 Box 24
- United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, 1981-1986 Box 24
- Women's Prison Association, 1996 Box 24
- Series: Pusey Family Papers, 1860-1992 and undated .21 cubic foot (1 document box, 1 folder, 1 portfolio folder)
Processing Information: The material in this series was gathered together by the archivist and arranged by
Scope and Content: The documents in this small series concern Pusey and Woodward family members. Gathered
in this series are wills, deeds, programs, news clippings, brochures, marriage certificates,
letters, and a bank check.
- Pusey, Edward Bouverie, 1860 Box 25
Historical Note: The Pusey family was reported to have been related distantly to the English churchman
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement.
Scope and Content: This folder contains a handwritten letter to an unknown correspondent by Edward Bouverie
Pusey (transcription included). It also contains a letter by Nathan M. Pusey (1983)
explaining the Pusey family connection with Edward Pusey.
- Pusey, John Drake, Pusey's brother, undated Box 25
- Pusey, Rosa (Drake), Pusey's mother, 1894, 1946-1947 Box 25
- Pusey, William "Hard Money", bank check, 1883 Box 25
Historical Note: William "Hard Money" Pusey (b. 1826), the son of Nathan Pusey (1790-1865), great-grandfather
of Nathan Marsh Pusey, established with his partner and brother-in-law, Thomas Officer,
the Officer-Pusey Bank (1856) in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
- Woodward, Hortense Forsyth, Anne Pusey's mother, estate material, 1973-1974 Box 26
The following list provides a map to old call numbers that were eradicated by the
archivist during the 2007 re-processing. All the materials for The Papers of Nathan
Marsh Pusey now fall under the single call number UAI 15.900.
- HUG 4717: General Folder: moved to Writings (by and about Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- HUG 4717.1: Speeches, reports, articles by Pusey, 1952-1971: moved to Writings (by and about
Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- HUG 4717.5: Clippings about Annual Report for 1953-1954: moved to Writings (by Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- HUG 4717.7: Medals belonging to Nathan Marsh Pusey: moved to Biographical Materials.
- HUG 4717.25: Examination blue book, Government 6, 1932-1933: moved to Biographical Materials.
- HUG 4717.52: Student notes, 1931-1933: moved to Biographical Materials.
- HUG 4717.54: In honor of Nathan Marsh Pusey: moved to Writings (about Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- HUG 4717.75: Reports, semi-annual and annual, of the President to the Board of Trustees of Lawrence
- HUG 4717.76: A Great and Good Work: A History of Lawrence University, 1847-1964: moved to Writings
(about Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- HUG 4717.80: American Higher Education 1945-1970: A Personal Report: moved to Writings (by Nathan
- UAI 15.900: Address at the Fiftieth Reunion Class Dinner of the Class of 1928: moved to Speeches.
- UAI 15.900: Addresses, 1953-1968: moved to Speeches.
- UAI 15.900: Correspondence, as President of Lawrence College with Harvard Appointment Office,
1944-1951: moved to Subject Files.
- UAI 15.900: In Honor of Nathan Marsh Pusey: item weeded and discarded.
- UAI 15.900: Personal correspondence received in advance of main transfer: moved to Speeches.
- UAI 15.900: Reports and addresses at Lawrence College: moved to Speeches.
- UAI 15.900.1: Tape recording of Johnny Most Sports, Dr. Pusey on the Stand, 1970: moved to Biographical
- UAI 15.900.2 : Sound recording of an interview with Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1969: moved to Biographical
- UAI 15.900.15: Letters and speeches, 1967-1986: moved to Speeches, Correspondence, and Writings
(by Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- UAI 15.900.30: The Exploding World of Education: moved to Writings (by Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- UAI 15.900.41: Innovation in Liberal Arts Colleges by M. Brick and E.J. McGrath, 1968: item weeded
- UAI 15.900.43.1 : News clippings: moved to Writings (about Nathan Marsh Pusey).
- UAI 15.900.43.1 : Pusey Letters: moved to Correspondence (General).
- UAI 15.900.43.1 : Speeches, 1954-1992: moved to Speeches.