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The Mail


To the Editor of the Service News:

May we draw your attention to the difficulties encountered by the Harvard Liberal Union in collecting funds for families of General Motors strikers.

Plans were under way for collection tables in the dining halls (similar to those set up for selling war-bonds, House dances, or collecting tips for dining hall waitresses). Permission from the Dean's office was not granted, however, because of a University regulation restricting solicitation of funds by students or student organizations on University property, and it was suggested that the H.L.U. conduct the collection by mail. Unfortunately, such a method is not feasible inasmuch as postage costs alone would come to $100. Furthermore, permission to hold a meeting in Emerson Hall would be withheld if a fund collection were conducted there.

The H.L.U. does not wish to question the dean's decision in this particular case, but rather the regulation itself. As the latter now stands, the University authorities may channel all fund collections (other than those conducted by mail or through this medium) towards those charities it deems most worthy.

This regulation should be annulled; its restrictions amount to a censorship of fund collections. In this instance it has been used to prevent a drive in which certainly a good part of the student body and the faculty are interested.

The H.L.U. therefore hopes that readers will collect funds on their own for the Committee for General Motors Strikers. Chairman, Harvard Liberal Union.

The following letter to President Conant, written by Mason Hammond '25, associate professor of Greek, Latin, and History, and Master of Kirkland House, concluded with this statement: "I feel so strongly that a decision on the location of the Undergraduate Library should not be reached without full and open discussion, that I am taking the liberty of sending copies of this letter to the University Librarian, to the Provost, and to the Editors of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and the Harvard Service News."

Dear Mr. Conant:

With considerable hesitation but impelled by strong conviction I venture to protest against the proposal to devote the corner of the Yard where the Palmer House stands to an Undergraduate Library.

Only two old Houses remain in the Yard. In the bigness and bustle of modern life, they preserve the spirit and flavor of a simpler Harvard, where the faculty and students could both live and work within the confines of the Yard. The Palmer House still stands on its lawn amid trees, as it was originally intended to do, and still serves as a dwelling house. The beauty of this old house and the sense of openness which its grounds give to its corner of the Yard not only constitute an invaluable link with Harvard's past but lend a warm homely quality to an otherwise coldly institutional group of buildings.

If the new Library must be in the Yard Boylston Hall might be used and the special libraries which it now houses might be removed to a new building outside of the Yard. The sacrifice of Weld Hall to give space for the new Library would mean the loss of only a certain number of Freshman rooms in the Yard. Granted that none of these are possible, could not the new building be placed between the Houghton Library and Massachusetts Avenue, with the sacrifice, if necessary, of the east end of Wigglesworth?

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