How it All Began — With A Scandal

In the bible of civic reform, the Citizens Union of the City of New York begat the Bureau of City Betterment. The Bureau of City Betterment begat the Bureau of Municipal Research. And the Bureau of Municipal Research begat the Institute of Public Administration, Luther Gulick and a new science of efficient, effective, honest, professional […]


Weissman, by George!

Luther Gulick wouldn’t mind if we take a detour here and write about one of our own — George Weissman: Baruch alum (’39), WWII Navy commander, publicist with PR pioneer Benjamin Sonnenberg, chairman and chief executive of Philip Morris International, chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and philanthropist. And specifically, namesake of Baruch’s […]


A Toast to Repeal

This year (Dec. 5, 2023, to be exact) marks the 90th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition and, not coincidentally, the birth of the New Deal upon FDR’s inauguration on Saturday, March 4, 1933.  The last time, by the way, that we allowed four months to pass between a presidential election and the swearing in […]


Disappearing the People

The following blogpost with illustrations was written by Aaron Horvath, a Stanford University doctoral candidate who visited Baruch College’s Newman Library Archives in November to research the early governmental reforms of the New York Bureau of Municipal Research and the Institute of Public Administration. We are grateful for his input and gratified he found the […]


Journalists vs Librarians

No it’s not the beginning of a joke, or a softball contest. Journalists are widely distrusted these days. Librarians are respected. For the whys and wherefores, we’re turning this post over to the respected journalism think tank, the Poynter Institute. (As a Distinguished Lecturer in the Baruch College Library Archives and 45-year veteran of The […]