Luther Gulick Papers

Dates: 1917-1992

Staff Member, U.S. Reparations Mission, 1945-1946

The Luther Gulick Papers include correspondence, printed materials, articles, photographs, reports, and other items relating to Gulick's life and career as a government administrator and public administration expert.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (about 3,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave his copyrights in this collection to the U.S. government. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are also in the public domain. Copyrights in documents that do not fall into these two categories presumably belong to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by:
Mary Louisa Williams (2013) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1892 (January 17)

 

Born, Osaka, Japan

1914

 

B.A., Oberlin College

1920

 

Ph.D, Columbia University

1920-1960

 

Staff Member and Director, New York Bureau of Municipal Research

1920-1962

 

President, Institute of Public Administration

1931-1942

 

Eaton Professor of Municipal Science and Administration, Columbia University

1936-1938

 

Served on President's Committee on Administrative Management (better known as the Brownlow Committee)

1939-1946

 

Member of staff or consultant, War Department, War Production Board, Department of Commerce, and other agencies

1945-1946

 

Staff Member, U.S. Reparations Mission

1953-1972

 

Consultant, Foreign Governments and the United Nations

1993 (January 10)

 

Died, Greensboro, Vermont

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Papers of Luther Gulick contain materials pertaining both to his career as a government administrator, public administration expert, and government consultant, and to his personal life. The papers include speeches, articles, biographical information, photographs, reports, correspondence, and other printed materials.

The Gulick Papers are in one series and are arranged alphabetically. They include appointment books for the years 1933 through 1982; biographies of Gulick composed by others; family correspondence covering the years 1945 to 1992, with the largest amount written in 1945 and 1946; papers and letters regarding Lord Macaulay's "Letter on American Democracy; memorabilia from World War II; passports belonging to Gulick and his first wife; personal materials, such as proof of citizenship, a ration book, employment information, and his own obituary drafts; photographs; and correspondence between President Franklin Roosevelt and Gulick, primarily concerning his appointment to and work with the President's Committee on Administrative Management. Other printed materials include such varied items as a children's book, a weekly statistical report and weekly intelligence summary from World War I, various pamphlets on post-World War II planning, reports on municipal planning, a draft of the National Charter of the United Arab Emirates, and publications of the Institute of Public Administration. These documents demonstrate Gulick's long and varied career, one that included many different aspects of public administration.

One of the largest components of the papers consists of speeches and articles written by Gulick. He was a prolific writer, with much of his work taking the form of government documents and reports, though he also published books and articles. One biographer stated that Gulick published some 200 books, reports, papers, and articles. Many of his writings focus on the study of public administration, solutions to particular administrative and municipal planning problems, and studies of administrative issues in other countries.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the Edwin Pauley Papers, which contain information on the U.S. Reparations Mission.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-4

  SUBJECT FILE, 1917-1992
Appointment books, articles, correspondence, passports, photographs, printed materials, reports, speeches, and other items. Arranged alphabetically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

SUBJECT FILE, 1917-1992

Box 1

  • Appointment Books [1 of 3]
  • Appointment Books [2 of 3]
  • Appointment Books [3 of 3]
  • Biographies
  • Correspondence [1 of 3]

Box 2

  • Correspondence [2 of 3]
  • Correspondence [3 of 3]
  • Hitler, Adolph
  • Lord Macaulay's Letter [1 of 2]
  • Lord Macaulay's Letter [2 of 2]
  • Memorabilia
  • Passports
  • Personal

Box 3

  • Photos
  • Printed Materials [1 of 2]
  • Printed Materials [2 of 2]
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • Speeches and Articles [1 of 6]
  • Speeches and Articles [2 of 6]

Box 4

  • Speeches and Articles [3 of 6]
  • Speeches and Articles [4 of 6]
  • Speeches and Articles [5 of 6]
  • Speeches and Articles [6 of 6]
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