Philo Melvin Buck, Jr., 1877-1950 [RG5483.AM]


RG5483.AM:  Philo Melvin Buck, Jr., 1877-1950

Papers:  1912-1931, 1974

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Professor and Dean at University of Nebraska

Size:  0.1 cu.ft.


Philo Melvin Buck, Jr., was born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1877. Raised in India, where his parents were missionaries, he became a dean at the University of Nebraska and subsequently created a Department of Comparative Literature, the first in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Altheia Hall Buck, had two children: Edward and Carolyn Laura (Mrs. William Harvey Reeves of New York City). Carolyn graduated from Lincoln High School in 1924. Philo Buck died in 1950.


The Philo Melvin Buck, Jr., collection is arranged into four series: 1) Correspondence, Undated; 2) Print Materials; 3) Financial Records; and 4) Educational Records.

Series 1 consists of social correspondence, mostly undated, including several invitations. Series 2 contains print materials, among which are articles describing a Lincoln ceremony in honor of General John J. Pershing in which Buck played a role; and the Carnegie Foundation sponsored trip that Buck and his wife made to India in the 1920s. Financial papers in Series 3 are related to a mortgage that Buck held on a house that he had sold in Madison, Wisconsin. Records of the education of Buck’s daughter Carolyn are in Series 4. They include her report cards, high school diploma, activity programs, and 50th class reunion documents.


Series 1 – Correspondence, Undated


    1. Social correspondence

Series 2 – Printed Materials

    1. General John J. Pershing ceremony, 1919

    1. Buck trip to India, c. 1923

    1. Lincoln club materials, 1921-1931

Series 3 – Financial Records

    1. Mortgage documents, 1927-1929

Series 4 – Educational Records

    1. Carolyn Buck’s report cards, 1912-1924

    1. School activity programs, 1921-1923

      (a)Promotion bulletin, football program, high school diploma (see oversize)

    1. 50th class reunion materials, 1974



Buck, Carolyn Laura

Buck, Philo Melvin, 1877-1950

Buck family

Education — Nebraska

Lincoln (Neb.) — History

Pershing, John J., 1860-1948

Students — Nebraska — Lincoln


BQ/kfk   06-13-2003

Revised TMM   11-02-2009

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