Thomas G. Pullen Jr. Papers 1926-1979, MS. 2643

Maryland Historical Society
Library of Maryland History

 

Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. Papers, 1926-1979
Maryland Historical Society
 

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Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. Papers, 1926-1979
Maryland Historical Society

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Descriptive Summary

THOMAS G. PULLEN, JR. PAPERS

MS. 2643

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


Scope and Content

Thomas Granville Pullen, Jr., was born at Madison Court House, Virginia, on February 4, 1898. He was educated in Virginia, receiving a degree in 1917 from the College of William and Mary. After teaching in the Virginia public schools until 1926, he became the principal of Catonsville High School in Baltimore County, Md.

In 1932 Pullen was appointed to the superintendency of schools in Talbot County, Md. He became involved in education on a state-wide level as the State Supervisor of High Schools in 1934, as Assistant State Superintendent in Administration in 1936, and as State Superintendent of Education in 1942.

During his superintendency (1942-1964) Pullen directed the development of educational television, dealt with the school-age population explosion of the 1950's and 60's, and supervised the desegregation of schools. He promoted a state-wide system of public libraries and wage improvements for teachers.

After his retirement from the state superintendency in 1964, he became the president of the University of Baltimore, guiding it toward national accreditation. In his later years, Dr. Pullen continued his interest in educational and community affairs by participating in a number of charitable drives and institutions including the Catonsville Historical Society and the Maryland Historical Society. He died on November 11, 1979.

Dr. Pullen's papers span 1926-1979. The first series contains transcripts of several oral history interviews. The interview with Dr. Nelson Blake concentrates on biographical data, while the interview with Alice Jewell primarily concerns Pullen's involvement in the desegregation of Maryland Schools and his achievements as State Superintendent of Education and president of the University of Baltimore.

In the second series, typescripts of Dr. Pullen's speeches (1942-1971) are arranged in chronological order. A third series contains various drafts for two of Dr. Pullen's books, Williamsburg Town and Gown Before the Restoration and Decently and In Order. The later book deals with desegregation. Both contain biographical information about Dr. Pullen.

The fourth series consists of Pullen's subject files (1926-1979) arranged in alphabetical order. Subjects reflect his interest in gardening and collecting as well as his participation in community and educational affairs.

by

Donna Ellis

Sept. 1986

 


Container List

Box 1

ORAL HISTORY

Interview with Dr. Nelson M. Blake, Proposed Topics, 1971

Interview with Dr. Nelson M. Blake, Transcript I, 1971

Interview with Dr. Nelson M. Blake, Transcript II, 1971

Interview with Dr. Nelson M. Blake, Transcript III, 1971

Interview with Alice Jewell, Transcript p. 1-110, 1975

Interview with Alice Jewell, Transcript p. 111-215, 1975

Interview with Alice Jewell, 1976

SPEECHES

List of Speeches and Articles by T.G. Pullen, Jr., n.d.

"Major Problems Facing American Education," 1942 October 23

Dedication Ceremonies at Towson High School, 1949 Sept. 29

Maryland State Teachers Association, 1949-1963

"Tribute to William H. Lemmel," 1953 Mar. 15

"Edwin Warfield Broome, A Tribute," 1953 May 2

"The Needs of Higher Education in Maryland," (an excerpt), 1955

"Enrollment Trends in High School Science and Mathematics," 1956 Oct. 19

"Albert Samuel Cook," 1957 Sept. 19

"Wendell DeWitt Allen," 1957 Oct. 5

"The Growing Importance of School Business Administration and the State's Relation to Its Improvement," 1958 Mar. 7

"The Unique Services of State Departments of Education," 1958 Apr. 1

"The Lesson From Sputnik," 1958 Oct. 16

"Report to Governor Tawes," 1959 Feb. 3

"Projects in Curriculum Development: Economics," 1960 Nov. 17

Education Policies Commission, 1961 Jan. 21

WMAR-TV Statement on Educational Legislation, 1961 May 1

NEA Departmental Officers Conference, 1961 May 8-9

"In the Light of the Great Issues and Problems, Where Do We Go From Here?," 1961 May 9

"History of the Development of Public Community and Junior Colleges in Maryland--Steps Ahead," 1961 Aug. 26

"The School Board's Role in Public Education," 1961 Oct. 11

Public Statement on Prayer in Public Schools, 1962 June 26

"Some Thoughts on Physical Fitness," 1962 Sept. 15

"Pressures Causing Imbalances in Our School Program," 1963 Mar. 22

"The Voice of the Teacher," 1963 Apr. 26

Box 2

“Tribute to Dwight Oliver Wendell Holmes,” 1963 Sept. 11

“The Education of American Teachers' by James Bryant Conant, A Review,” 1963 Sept. 24

“The Voice of the Teacher,” 1963 Oct. 18

“The Voice of the Teacher,” 1963 Oct. 25

“Mutual Responsibilities of National and State Educational Agencies,” 1963 Nov. 18

“Political Control of Education,” 1963 Nov. 20

WBAL Radio, Christmas Message, 1963 Dec. 19

“One Man's Opinion,” (WBAL-TV), 1963 Dec. 23

“Pressures Causing Imbalances in Our School Program,” 1964 Jan. 30

American Industrial Arts Association, 1964 Apr. 1

“The Needs of Education in Maryland,” 1964 May 27

“Education in the Future and Its Impact Upon Maryland, 1965 Apr. 21

Freshman Orientation, University of Baltimore, 1965 Sept. 21

“Shaping Educational Policy,” 1965 Oct. 3

“Should the School Superintendency Be Abolished?,” 1966 February

“Tribute to Deceased Members,” American Association of School Administrators, 1966 February

“Remarks,” (on Ralph E. Webster) 1966 June 1

“The Task of the Educated Man in a Democracy,” 1966 Nov. 16

“William Preston Lane, Jr., and Public Education,” 1967 May 1

WMAR-TV, 1967-1970

“What Price Direct Election of the President?,” 1970 Sept. 30

“The Roots of Democracy are Local,” 1971 Aug. 20

“The Educated Man,” n.d.

“Higher Education or the Sacred Cow,” n.d.

“Man in a World of Ideas,” n.d.

“Patrick Henry,” n.d.

“The Power of Education,” n.d.

Unidentified and Fragments, n.d.

WRITINGS

Decently and In Order, 1978

Typescript Draft, Chapters 1-3

Typescript Draft, Chapters 4-7

Box 3

Typescript Draft, Chapters 8-11

Typescript Draft, Chapter 12

Typescript, Chapters 1-5

Typescript, Chapters 6-10

Typescript, Chapters 11-12

Manuscript and Typescript Draft, Chapter 11

Williamsburg Town and Gown Before the Restoration, 1978

Typescript Draft, “The Town,”

Typescript Draft with Retyped Pages, “The Town,”

Typescript Draft with Retyped Pages, “The Gown”

Typescript Draft, “The Gown,”

Box 4

Typescript Draft, “The Town”

Typescript Draft, “The Gown”

Manuscript and Typescript Draft

Typescript Draft and Rewrites, p. 1-109

Typescript Draft and Rewrites, p. 112-255

SUBJECT FILE

Biographical Data, n.d.

Black Organizations and Institutions, 1946-1971

Black Organizations and Institutions, 1972-1979

CARE and UNESCO, 1949-1964

Box 5

Cheltenham Study, 1939 July 10

Commerce &amp Industry Combined Health Appeal, 1969-1970

Commerce &amp Industry Combined Health Appeal, 1971-1974

Correspondence, 1926-1976

Council of Chief State School Officers, 1976

Desegregation, 1954-1978

Figurine Collection, 1971-78

Frampton, Jerome, Jr., 1959-61

Gardening, 1955-1978

Legal Decisions on Segregation, 1948-1962

Legal Decisions on Segregation, 1964-1972

Miscellaneous, n.d.

Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Receipted Bills, 1952-1957

Box 6

Receipted Bills, 1958-1966

Receipted Bills, 1967-1978

Research Notes, n.d.

Research Notes - Oral History Tapes, 1977

Research Notes - Superintendent of Public Instruction, Annual Reports (1872-1876), ca. 1926

Research Notes - Superintendent of Public Instruction, Annual Reports (1877-1882), ca. 1926

Research Notes - Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney, ca. 1926

Scholarships, 1955-1974

State Department of Education, 1936-1977

Stocks, 1965-1978

Things To Do, 1971-1978

University of Baltimore, 1965-1973

Box 7

University of Baltimore - Accreditation, 1964-1967

University of Baltimore - Accreditation, 1969-1970

Voluntary Council on Equal Opportunity, Inc., 1964-1965

 


Comments

ALLEN, WENDELL DeWITT 1893-

BROOME, EDWIN WARFIELD (fl. 1953)

BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY, 1952-1978

CARE, 1949-1964

CATONSVILLE, MD., 1926-1979

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, 1949-1979

CHELTENHAM SCHOOL FOR BOYS, 1939

COLLECTORS AND COLLECTING, 1971-1978

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY, 1913-1926

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, 1913-1979

COMMERCE &amp INDUSTRY COMBINED HEALTH APPEAL, 1969-74

COOK, ALBERT SAMUEL 1873-1952

COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS, 1976

DABNEY, ROBERT LEWIS (fl. 1846-1879)

EDUCATION, 1914-1979

EDUCATION--Virginia, 1914-1926

FRAMPTON, JEROME, JR. (fl. 1959-1961)

FURNITURE INDUSTRY &amp TRADE, 1952-1978

GARDENING, 1955-1978

INTEGRATION AND SEGREGATION, RACIAL, 1948-1979

LEMMEL, WILLIAM H. (d. ca. 1953)

MARYLAND STATE TEACHERS ASSN, 1949-1963

NEGROES--Education, 1940's-1970's

POTTERY INDUSTRY AND TRADE, 1971-1978

PULLEN, THOMAS GRANVILLE, JR. 1898-1979

RACE PROBLEMS AND RELATIONS, 1898-1979

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, 1954-1978

ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINES, 1971-1978

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS, 1955-1974

SCHOOLS--Desegregation, 1948-1978

STERLING'S FIG ORCHARDS, INC., 1955

STOCKS, 1965-1978

TEACHERS AND TEACHING--Salaries, 1919-1970

TOWSON HIGH SCHOOL, 1949

UNESCO, 1949-1964

UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE, 1965-1973

VIRGINIA--Education, 1914-1926

VOLUNTARY COUNCIL ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, 1964-65

WAGES--Teachers, 1919-1970

 

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