NEW YORK, NY – October 19, 2015 – Baruch College’s Newman Library and School of Public Affairs announce the opening of an archive of documents and memorabilia providing insight into the development of American democracy in the 20th Century.
The collection encompasses a century’s worth of reports and files from the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), as well as the papers of Luther Halsey Gulick, 1892-1993, a visionary civic leader who counseled presidents and served as the first City Administrator of New York City.
IPA was founded in 1906 (under the name Bureau of Municipal Research) as a response to municipal corruption, and the following year published an exposé that led to the ouster of the Manhattan Borough President. The IPA developed into a passionate advocate of honesty and accountability in local governments throughout the country and on development projects around the world.
Gulick was the driving force behind IPA for many years, and advised generations of mayors, governors and presidents on economic recovery, social policy, defense mobilization and refugee relief. As a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Committee on Administrative Management, he helped reorganize the huge federal bureaucracy and centralize American power in the modern presidency.
In addition to 700 boxes of documents, the archive includes signed letters from Albert Einstein and half a dozen presidents; historic photos, maps and organizational charts; a souvenir quill pen from FDR and a seating chart from the Nuremburg Trial.
The archive has been processed with generous grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York, and is housed at the William and Anita Newman Library at Baruch College, 151 East 25th Street in New York. Finding aids that provide a sense of the scope of information are available on the Library’s website.
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