Guide to the Lynn Harold Hough (1877-1971) Papers

Collection Title: Lynn Harold Hough (1877-1971) Papers
Dates: 1919-1955
Identification: 3/14
Creator: Hough, Lynn Harold, 1877-1971
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Hough Papers reflect the brief tenure (July 1, 1919, to October 1, 1920) of an individual who had had no previous pertinent experience for the position of a university president, who apparently had been elected out of desperation as a compromise candidate, and who was absent from his office during most of his presidency because of preaching activities, travel, and illness. Hough was evidently an excellent preacher of sermons (in the U.S. and abroad), a competent writer of essays and religious works, and an accomplished teacher and dean in theological seminaries, but he was miscast as a university president.
Acquisition Information: Material transferred to the University Archives at an unknown date prior to June 1, 1974; and material separated during the processing of the Walter Dill Scott Papers (Series 3/15).
Processing Information: William K. Beatty September, 1980
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Lynn Harold Hough was born on September 10, 1877, in Cadiz, Ohio, son of Franklin M. and Eunice Richey (Giles) Hough. He served as the 14th President of Northwestern University for approximately one year, beginning in July of 1919. Hough was also an active Methodist minister throughout his life. He died in New York City on July 14, 1971.

Scope and Content

The biographical material includes articles and notes, clippings, a published address, “The University and the Remaking of the World”; and a three-page holographic draft, “Finding a Purpose”, for the Daily Northwestern.

The bulk of the material pertaining to the Hough's Presidency is comprised of folders of general correspondence: important matters discussed in the correspondence include the proposed Chicago Campus (need for funds and completion of purchase), problems concerning Wesley Hospital and Northwestern's possible affiliation with Passavant Hospital, faculty protests about low salaries; whether or not the University should hire a full-time football coach and what the role of the team should be, and whether Northwestern should have a School (rather than just a Department) of Education. In addition to the correspondence there are thin folders of alumni lists and minutes and reports from various university meetings and groups.

Arrangement of Materials

The Lynn Harold Hough Papers are arranged in two major categories: biographical material and material pertaining to Hough's term as Northwestern's President, July 1, 1919, to October 1, 1920. The material in each folder is arranged chronologically by day.


Corporate Name

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Methodist Church (U.S.)

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)

Personal Name

Hough, Lynn Harold, 1877-1971


College presidents--Illinois--Evanston

Container List / Contents

  • Biographical
    • Articles and Notes, 1919-1955Box 1, Folder 1
    • Clippings, 1920Box 1, Folder 2
    • Writings, 1919, 1939Box 1, Folder 3
  • President's Office
    • Correspondence, July - Oct 1919Box 1, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, Nov 1919Box 1, Folder 5
    • Correspondence, Dec 1919Box 1, Folder 6
    • Correspondence, Jan - Feb 1920Box 1, Folder 7
    • Correspondence, March, 1920Box 1, Folder 8
    • Correspondence, April 1920Box 1, Folder 9
    • Correspondence, May 1920Box 1, Folder 10
    • Correspondence, June, 1920Box 1, Folder 11
    • Correspondence, July - Sept 1920Box 1, Folder 12
    • Alumni Lists, 1919Box 1, Folder 13
    • Minutes, June 1919 - May 1920Box 1, Folder 14
    • Reports, March 1919 - June 1920Box 1, Folder 15
    • Statistical Reports, 1919Box 1, Folder 16