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Finding Aid for the John Harvey Furbay papers, 1936-1939
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Harvey Furbay papers
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1939
    Collection number: 489
    Creator: Furbay, John Harvey, 1903-1999.
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: John Harvey Furbay (1903-1999) was a professor, professional consultant, and college administrator who worked and studied in both the United States and Africa. The collection consists of Furbay's letters, educational and politically related ephemera, and personal papers.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Santa Barbara Public Library, May 18, 1954.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Jesse Erickson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Harvey Furbay papers (Collection 489). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233052 


    John Harvey Furbay was born on September 23, 1903 in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. He obtained his B.S. from Asbury College in 1924, his M.A. from New York University in 1927, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1931. Furbay became a professor of biology and education and taught at Taylor University from 1927-29 and again from 1931-33. He also taught at the College of Emporia from 1933-35. Furbay was later president of the College of West Africa, Monrovia, Liberia from 1935-39. In addition to his career in education, Furbay was also an educational consultant with General Motors from 1957-81. His publications include World Without Strangers (1955), The Shape of Things to Come (1961), and Spotlight on Africa (1960).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of letters and papers relating to his administration as dean and acting president of the College of West Africa in Monrovia. Included are numerous examples of correspondence, personal memorabilia, governmental and official publications, and some research notes and papers. Whereas much of the material is denotative of personal souvenir keeping, many of the more official publications offer an important look at government publishing at a period in Liberian history (i.e. ca. 1930s) when censorship of dissent was on the rise.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection materials have been roughly grouped according to their dates of creation, reception, transaction, or publication.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Furbay, John Harvey, 1903-1999 --Archives.
    College presidents --Liberia --Archival resources.