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Lynn Harold Hough (1877-1971) Papers

Identifier: 3/14

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Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1919-1955


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There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


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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.

Arrangement Note

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.

Method of Acquisition

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 and Thomas F. Holgate Papers (reaccessioned as accession number 74-71).

Processing Information

William K. Beatty September, 1980

Guide to the Lynn Harold Hough (1877-1971) Papers
William K. Beatty
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Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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