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Paul Buck studied at the Ohio State University. He got a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts.
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Paul Buck studied at Harvard University. He got a Doctor of Philosophy.
(Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Harvard Universit...)
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Harvard University Library today is that in this largest university library in the world primary emphasis is placed upon regard for the individual which extends alike to staff, faculty, students, and general users. As director of the Library, Paul Buck was responsible for this attitude. This book reflects his view that as the center of university education and research a library owes a responsibility both to the people who use libraries and to those who operate them.
Paul Buck attended the Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1921 and a Master of Arts in 1922. Also, he graduated from Harvard University. He got there a Doctor of Philosophy in 1935.
Paul Buck, an Ohio native, was an enthusiastic reader and history buff who grew up "around the corner from the public library," as he put it. After education, in 1936, he started to work as an assistant professor of American history at Harvard University. Buck remained at Harvard for the rest of his life. He held the position of associate dean of faculty in 1938, associate professor in 1939, and dean of faculty in 1942. Additionally, Paul Buck became the first provost at Harvard in 1945. He also was a Frances Lee Higginson Professor of History in 1955 and the first Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor in 1958. He also became a professor emeritus in 1969. During the latter stage of his career, Buck served on numerous educational commissions as well as the boards of learned societies and journals.
Paul Buck was also, as Harvard's library administrator, a key figure in the 1949 opening of the Lamont Library, which focused on new methods of teaching humanities. He became the director of Harvard University Library in 1955.
Besides, Paul Buck was a writer. His book, The Road to Reunion, emphasizes "the varied threads of reconciliation," as he wrote. "Within a generation, after the close of the Civil War, the particularistic aspirations of North and South had lost their bitter edge. An American nationalism existed which derived its elements indiscriminately from both the erstwhile foes." Also, Buck produced a handful of other studies, including Libraries and Universities, Social Sciences at Harvard 1860-1920: From Inculcation to the Open Mind, and Nature and Needs of Higher Education, the Report of the Commission on Financing Higher Education. One book, General Education in a Free Society: Report of the Harvard Committee, had a longstanding impact on Harvard policy, making a study of the humanities, social science, and the natural sciences a required part of the curriculum for every student.
Quotes from others about the person
Nathan Marsh Pusey: "No one is more alert to the challenge given the library by every educational advance, or more aware of the crucial part the library has played, down through history."
Paul Buck married Sally Burwell Betts on December 21, 1927.