Harvard University. News Office. Harvard University News Office photographs : portraits
by Bill Tobey and subjects by other photographers, 1954-1985 : an inventory
Harvard University Archives
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: UAV 605.295.26
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. News Office
Title: Harvard University News Office photographs : portraits by Bill Tobey and subjects
by other photographers, 1954-1985
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet (46 folders)
Quantity: 129 photographs
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Mostly enlargements of portrait photographs from the late 1950s and early 1960s taken
by Harvard University News Office staff photographer Bill Tobey.
The photographs in this collection are Harvard University records and were acquired
in the course of University business.
This inventory was created in January 2014 by Robert Burton.
Titles were provided by the archivists unless otherwise noted.
Although the portrait photographs by Bill Tobey lack photographer credits, attribution
is based on identification of his handwriting on the versos.
The photographs are open for research use. Researchers will be expected to follow
Harvard University Archives handling instructions.
Some of these photographs have been digitzed and are accessible online. Links accompany
Harvard University News Office photographs : portraits by Bill Tobey and subjects
by other photographers, 1954-1985. UAV 605.295.26, Harvard University Archives.
Other Harvard University News Office photographs available in Harvard University Archives.
The Harvard University News Office was established in 1919. The first photographer
was hired in 1943. During the early 1970s, the News Office was placed administratively
under the Office of the Vice President for Government, Community, and Public Affairs.
In 1994-1995, the name of the office was changed to Harvard University Office of News
and Public Affairs and later was renamed Public Affairs and Communications.
Born in Waterville, Maine, William (Bill) H. Tobey (1923-2000) was a decorated World
War II veteran who also served in the Korean War. After working at the Waterville Morning Sentinel and Colby College, Tobey joined the staff of the Harvard University News Office as
a photographer in 1956. He became photograph editor in 1963 and also worked as News
Office liaison for visiting photographers, media crews, and film companies until his
retirement in 1986.
The photographs are arranged chiefly in alphabetical order by personal name, with
buildings, student life, and events at the end. Photographs in each folder are arranged
The collection includes 80 black-and-white portrait photographs of notable Harvard
University faculty, administrators, visitors, and students taken by News Office photographer
Bill Tobey, mostly in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Many of the prints are enlargements
mounted on cardboard that presumably were used for exhibition or public display. Also
included are 49 black-and-white photographs by other photographers showing campus
views, students, and events at Harvard from the 1950s to the 1980s. Most prints lack
identifying information and some are marked for publication. Photographer stamps or
credits are on the versos of some photographs.
This document last updated 2015 June 25.
- Bea, Augustin, (6 photographs : gelatin silver prints, 2 mounted on cardboard ; prints 36 x 28 cm
or smaller) Folder 1
Biographical / Historical: Cardinal Augustin Bea, first head of the Vatican's Secretariat for Promoting Christian
Unity, attended the Roman Catholic-Protestant Colloquium at Harvard Divinity School
in March 1963.
- Engel, Monroe (1 photograph : gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard ; print 34 x 26 cm, mount
51 x 41 cm) Folder 13
Engel, Monroe Digital Object
Biographical / Historical: American novelist, critic, and editor Monroe Engel (Harvard AB, 1942) taught creative
writing at Harvard University.
- Langer, William (1 photograph : gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard ; print 22 x 17 cm, mount
33 x 26 cm) Folder 19
Biographical / Historical: William Leonard Langer (1896-1977) (Harvard AB, 1915; PhD, 1923) was a professor of
history at Harvard University from 1927-1964 and head of the Research and Analysis
Branch of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
- Livingston, M. Stanley, (3 photographs : gelatin silver prints, 1 mounted on cardboard ; prints 36 x 28 cm
or smaller) Folder 20
Biographical / Historical: American accelerator physicist and co-inventor of the cyclotron Milton Stanley Livingston
(1905-1986) was a professor of physics at MIT from 1938-1970.
Scope and Contents: Portraits of Stanley Livingston sitting at his desk and a group portrait of Livingston
with Harvard University physicist and Nobel Prize winner Norman F. Ramsey (left) and
MIT physicist Martin Deutsch at the Cambridge Electron Accelerator.
- MacLeish, Archibald, (6 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; prints 43 x 36 cm or smaller) Folder 23
- Nhu, Madame, (1 photograph : gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard ; print 27 x 32 cm, mount
51 x 41 cm) Folder 25
Biographical / Historical: Madame Nhu (Trần Lệ Xuân) (1924-2011), the sister-in-law of South Vietnam President
Ngô Đình Diệm who was regarded as the country's first lady, spoke at Radcliffe College
and the Harvard Law School Forum in October 1963 while visiting the United States
on a speaking tour.
- Piston, Walter (2 photographs : gelatin silver prints mounted on cardboard ; prints 25 x 26 cm and
33 x 23 cm) Folder 26
Biographical / Historical: American orchestral and chamber music composer Walter Hamor Piston Jr. (1894–1976)
(Harvard AB, 1924) taught at Harvard University from 1926-1960. Some of his many noted
students included Samuel Adler, Leroy Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, and Elliott Carter.
- Pusey, Nathan, (3 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; prints 36 x 29 cm) Folder 28
Date: probably 1963
Scope and Contents: Portraits of Harvard University President Nathan M. Pusey standing with Charles A.
Coolidge, a Fellow of Harvard College. Source unknown but probably taken by News Office
photographer Bill Tobey at the Board of Overseers meeting in Washington, D.C., May
- Reischauer, Edwin O., (2 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; prints 36 x 28 cm) Folder 29
Date: probably 1961
Biographical / Historical: Harvard University Professor of Far Eastern Languages and Director of the Center for
East Asian Studies Edwin Oldfather Reischauer (1910-1990) (Harvard PhD, 1939) was
a leading scholar of the history and culture of Japan and East Asia. From 1961-1966,
he served as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
- Rogers, Francis M. (1 photograph : gelatin silver print ; print 36 x 28 cm) Folder 30
Biographical / Historical: A decorated U.S. Marine Corps officer in World War II and a Harvard University faculty
member from 1945-1981, Francis Millet Rogers (1914-1989) (Harvard AM, 1937) was a
professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and dean of the Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences.
- Rosovsky, Henry, (4 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; prints 51 x 41 cm) Folder 31
Biographical / Historical: An economic historian specializing in East Asia, Henry Rosovsky (1927- ) (Harvard
PhD, 1959) was a professor of economics at Harvard University from 1965-1996. He also
served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard from 1973-1984 and 1990-1991
and, briefly in 1984 and 1987, as Acting President of Harvard.
- Scott, Austin W., (1 photograph : gelatin silver print ; print 36 x 28 cm) Folder 33
Date: probably 1961
Biographical / Historical: Recognized as an authority on the law of trusts, Austin Wakeman Scott (1884-1981)
taught at Harvard Law School from 1909-1961, longer than any other individual in the
school's history. In 1974 a Harvard Law professorship was named after him.
- Sert, José Luis (2 photographs : gelatin silver prints on cardboard mounts ; 21 x 16 cm and 34 x
25 cm) Folder 34
Biographical / Historical: Spanish architect and city planner José Luis Sert (1902-1983) was dean of the Harvard
Graduate School of Design from 1953–1969 where he initiated the world's first degree
program in urban design. In 1955, he founded a studio in Cambridge, Mass., that designed
many well-known projects, including the Holyoke Center, the Harvard Science Center,
and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
Scope and Contents: Portraits of José Luis Sert, including a portrait of Sert with Italian sculptor Mirko
- Tillich, Paul, (5 photographs : gelatin silver prints, 3 mounted on cardboard ; prints 36 x 28 cm
or smaller, mounts 41 x 28 cm or smaller) Folder 39
Date: 1957 September
Biographical / Historical: German-American theologian and philospher Paul Johannes Tillich (1886-1965) taught
at Harvard Divinity School from 1955-1962, receiving the title of University Professor.
Author of The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamics of Faith (1957), his accomplishments made him one of the most important theological influences
of the 20th century.
- Woodward, Robert Burns (1 photograph : gelatin silver print ; 28 x 36 cm) Folder 41
Biographical / Historical: Regarded by many as the preeminent organic chemist of the 20th century, Robert Burns
Woodward (1917-1979) joined the chemistry department at Harvard University in 1937
and remained there until his death. In 1965, he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Buildings, (10 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; 36 x 28 cm or smaller) Folder 42
Scope and Contents: Views of Harvard University campus include construction of Holyoke Center and the
Harvard MBTA station, a close-up of Widener Library capitals, Appleton Chapel, and
Eliot House. Some photographs by News Office staff photographers Joe Wrinn and Mark
Lennihan. Most prints are marked for publication.
- Student life and events, (11 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; 36 x 28 cm) Folder 43
Scope and Contents: Photographs show annual Adams House Raft Race on the Charles River, student cast from
Loeb Drama Center production of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, students dining in Leverett House, and commencement ceremonies at Harvard University.
Photographers include Cynthia J. Tollen and David Bailey. Most prints lack identifying
information and some are marked for publication.
- Student life and events, (11 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; 36 x 28 cm or smaller) Folder 44
Scope and Contents: Photographs of Harvard University students studying and engaged in various leisure
activities, Harvard Yard in winter, commencement ceremonies, Harvard President Derek
Bok meeting with members of the Cambridge City Council, and two members of the Harvard
women's ice hockey team holding the championship trophy after winning the 1981 Beanpot
Tournament. Of special note is a 1961 photograph of a lecture at Harvard Medical School
taken by Life magazine photographer John Loengard. Includes photographs by Harvard graduate student
Robin J. Brown and News Office staff photographers Joe Wrinn and John Nordell. Most
prints lack identifying information and some are marked for publication.
- Student life and events, (8 photographs : gelatin silver prints, 1 mounted in a mat frame ; prints 36 x 28
cm or smaller) Folder 45
Scope and Contents: Photographs of Harvard University students in Sanders Theatre, attending a choral
performance on the steps of Widener Library, and studying. Other images show a technician
looking at an x-ray, an underground laboratory, and ice skaters on the Charles River.
Includes one photograph by anthropologist Marjorie Shostak. Most prints lack identifying
information and some are marked for publication.
- Student life and events, (9 photographs : gelatin silver prints ; prints 36 x 28 cm or smaller) Folder 46
Scope and Contents: Photographs of Harvard University students in a classroom, a library, and Lowell House;
a Harvard track meet and a cheerleader; and possibly a campus planning meeting or
presentation. No photographer credits. Most prints lack identifying information and
some are marked for publication.