Pierson's Masters and Fellows 1933-1938

Stamford, Connecticut: The Overbrook Press, 1938. Limited Edition, one of 750 for private distribution. Hardcover. [4], 41, [3] pages. Cover has some mild wear and discoloration. Format is approximately 5.25 inches by 7.75 inches. "These brief lives of our Pierson Masters were written for the Yale Scientific Magazine,... They are now reprinted by the kindness of an Associate Fellow, along with some remarks about the Fellows themselves." - Introduction. Alan Valentine and Arnold Wolfers are featured. Some of the names of the Fellows are Jim Leyburn, William De Vane, Harry Rudin, Ben Nagle, Wallace Notestein, Robert Corwin, Walton Hamilton, Elmer Keith, Robert Frost. Pierson College is a residential college at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Opened in 1933, it is named for Abraham Pierson, a founder and the first rector of the Collegiate School, the college later known as Yale. With just under 500 undergraduate members, Pierson is the largest of Yale's residential colleges by number of students. Yale built the Pierson College buildings in the Georgian or "Georgian Revival" architectural style. These include a prominent tower, inspired by that of Philadelphia's Independence Hall. It is one of the eight original residential colleges bequeathed by Edward Harkness and designed by James Gamble Rogers. Pierson College's first master was Alan Valentine, then in 1935 international relations scholar Arnold Wolfers took over the role, one he held until 1949. Wolfers and his wife Doris made the Master's House at Pierson a center for entertaining on the campus second only to the house of the president of the university. Among those they hosted where diplomats who visited the campus. During World War II, Wolfers played a significant role in recruiting students into the intelligence services such as the OSS, and overall a disproportionate number of intelligence workers came from Pierson College. In addition to Wolfers, other Pierson fellows who did recruiting included Wallace Notestein and C. Bradford Welles. Pierson College residents who later became intelligence figures included future CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who often spent time in Wolfers' living room listening to poets such as Robert Frost that Wolfers brought in to read. Other attendees to these sessions included a future U.S. Poet Laureate, Reed Whittemore. Condition: Good.

Keywords: Yale University, Alan Valentine, Pierson College, Arnold Wolfers, Education, Jim Leyburn, William De Vane, Harry Rudin, Ben Nagle, Wallace Notestein, Robert Corwin, Walton Hamilton, Elmer Keith, Robert Frost

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