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Nathan Harvey papers

Identifier: 07.NH

Scope and contents

The Nathan Harvey papers are comprised of material related to the life, research, and historical textbook collection of Dr. Nathan Harvey, professor of pedagogy at Michigan State Normal College from 1904-1925. The collection includes biographical material on members of the Harvey family, a photograph of Dr. Harvey, some items of personal correspondence and a brief obituary notice, several inventories and catalogues of his book collection, and correspondence and clippings related to its donation to EMU. It also includes two articles by Dr. Harvey, "The Psychology of Insects" (1909) and "The Influence of Darwinism Upon Psychology" (1909) and a book, Physiological Psychology (1911), as well as notes upon other subjects related to his research into the history of education. Also included are two mid-19th century exercise books signed with the name Laura Harvey, on subjects including bookkeeping, compound interest, mathematics, geography, and poetry.


  • 1842 - 1983


Language of Materials

All records are in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Biographical note

Dr. Nathan Harvey was a professor of pedagogy and psychology and later head of the Department of Pedagogy at Michigan State Normal College from 1904 to 1925. He was born in Toledo, IL in 1860, was educated at Illinois State Normal University and Wesleyan College. He taught in Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin before coming to Michigan. Harvey was married to Carrie Adela Gifford. He died in 1942.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 archives box)


Papers, publications, and research material from the collection of Nathan Harvey, professor and head of the Department of Pedagogy at Michigan State Normal College. Harvey was born in Toledo, IL in 1860, and began his career at MSNC in 1904, eventually retiring in 1925. He died in 1942. His research interests included psychology, physiology, and the history of education in America. Harvey's extensive collection of early textbooks was later donated the library.

Separated Materials

Professor Harvey's book collection was separated to the library.


Nathan Harvey papers
Julia Pope
2012 22 June
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197