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Paul Fussell Collection

Identifier: PC-0006

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of materials relating to Paul Fussell's tenure on the Pomona College Board of Trustees, including materials relating to the Investment Committee and the Committee to Elect a New President, and the major gifts campaigns of 1964 - 1970. The collection includes trustee correspondence, records and reports, and committee agendas and minutes.


  • Creation: 1951-1971


Language of Materials

Languages represented in collection: English.


Some items in this collection have been restricted due to their confidential nature. For more information, please contact the Archivist.

Publication Rights

Property rights to the physical object belong to the Pomona College Archives. 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 Pomona College does not hold the copyright. All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to Pomona College Archives.

Biography / Administrative History

Paul Fussell was an attorney and corporate lawyer who served as a trustee of Pomona College from 1943 to 1969. Born in 1895 in Pasadena, California, Fussell attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his B.A and J.D. degrees, in 1916 and 1920, respectively. During World War I, Fussell served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Forces in France. In 1921, Fussell joined the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers as an associate, becoming a partner in 1925. He would remain with O’Melveny and Myers throughout his career.

Elected to the Pomona College Board of Trustees in 1943, Fussell quickly made an impact in helping push the construction of Della Mulock Mudd Hall through to completion in time for the 1946-47 academic year. Fussell served as vice president of the Board for three years and in 1961, succeeded Rudolph J. Wig as Chairman of the Pomona College Board of Trustees, serving until 1964. During his tenure, Fussell took the lead in planning a capital gifts campaign and was able to unite the Board of Trustees in support of the largest financial effort in the college's history.

In addition to his role on the Board of Trustees, Fussell served on numerous trustee committees, most notably the Executive Committee, and was devoted in his support for Pomona College. In September 1964, Fussell received an honorary doctorate of law degree from Pomona College. Fussell was the parent of two Pomona College graduates, sons, Edwin S. Fussell (’43) and Paul Fussell, Jr. (’45), as well as grandfather to Samuel W. Fussell (’81). Paul Fussell died on July 16, 1973.


4.4 Linear Feet (4 record cartons, 1 document box)


This collection contains correspondence between Paul Fussell, Pomona College administrators and trustees, and others, regarding Pomona College business interests. A selection of Pomona College ephemera and publicity publications are also included.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.


Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Processing Information

Arranged and processed by Jamie Weber in 2011.

Paul Fussell Collection
Jamie Weber and Sean Stanley
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Repository Details

Part of the 06 - Pomona College Archives Repository

Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library
800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont CA 91711