Spreading the Word: (The Word is Gulick)


Luther Gulick spent much of his career in Washington, reorganizing the executive branch for President Franklin Roosevelt in later years of the Depression, overseeing military production and refugee relief during World War II, and planning the postwar peace. So it was fitting for three members of our Baruch Library Archives team to travel to Washington on Monday, Oct. 17, to tell the story of…well, Luther Gulick in Washington, as well as Luther Gulick in Japan…and New York… and Germany….

Never ones to miss a chance to promote our historic Institute of Public Administration Collection and Luther Gulick Papers, we jumped at an invitation by Prof. Brian J. Cook of Virginia Tech to deliver a web and oral presentation at the Marvin Center of The George Washington University on the figure we call “The Man Who Loved Government.”

What better time, in fact, three weeks before a momentous national referendum on the role of government and who was fit or unfit to lead it?

And to our delight, who turned out for the occasion but four members of the Gulick clan?

Here’s the leaflet that went out:


Co-sponsoring the event at George Washington’s Cloyd Heck Marvin Center


were the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and its director Kathryn Newcomer https://tspppa.gwu.edu/, and Administration & Society http://aas.sagepub.com/, the scholarly journal edited by Dr. Cook. https://profiles.spia.vt.edu/bcook/

Joining us there were Denny Gulick, Luther’s nephew (a son of Luther’s baby brother Sidney Jr.) and Denny’s wife, Frances, both math professors at the University of Maryland; and Lisa and Leslie Gulick, granddaughters of Luther — their father was Luther’s son Luther Jr.

Leslie is a retired physician, and Lisa is Assistant Commissioner of Planning, Research and Policy in the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

We made a point of bringing down one of the Gulick tee-shirts we had made up for last November’s annual conference, in Brooklyn, of NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration  — here’s Ralph displaying it:


and we presented it to Denny, the senior Gulick there:


(That’s Lisa, on the left; Leslie and Frances next to Denny.)

We looked for Denny’s father, Luther’s brother, in this photo of the missionary family from 1901.


That’s young Luther on the right. But it turned out that Sidney Jr. was not yet born — he came along a year later.

Ralph talked about Gulick’s achievements and the treasures of the collection (highlighted in earlier posts). Things like the signed letter from Albert Einstein, and the vintage posters and maps.

Einstein Letter



Jessica discussed the ongoing digitization process,


using high-tech equipment like our ATIZ book-scanner

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and Steven described the processing and organization of the collection, and access procedures for scholars and researchers.



(He’s not in the Washington photos because he took the photos.) But we found one of him anyway.

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All we can say is, too bad the Acela wasn’t around in Luther’s day.

3 thoughts on “Spreading the Word: (The Word is Gulick)

  1. Luther Gulick is an awesome scholar. I’m a student of public administration, Luther Gulick is a common name for me. He was introduced the POSDCOR which is the principles of public administration. What is POSDCOR? The answer will be…
    Co=Coverating, and

    However, Thanks for sharing this important article.

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