Library of Harold Trowbridge Pulsifer

The poetry library of Harold Trowbridge Pulsifer was given to Colby College starting in 1948 by his widow, Susan Nichols Pulsifer. Although the Pulsifers lived near Bowdoin College and had a relationship with that campus, Harold had close friendships with Presidents Johnson and Bixler and respected the literature and arts curricula at Colby.

A condition of the gift was the construction of a dedicated room for the Pulsifer library. The room was completed in 1963, on the third floor of Miller Library, and dedicated in 1964. The room would remain intact until the early 1980s when Miller was extensively renovated.

Works consulted:

Annual Report of the Curator of Rare Books. Colbiana Collection. Colby College Special Collections.

Annual Report of the Librarian. Colbiana Collection. Colby College Special Collections.

Susan N Pulsifer donor file. Colby College Special Collections.

Two Friends of Robinson.” Colby Library Quarterly.  Waterville, ME: Colby College Library. February 1949. Print and web.


Books in Pulsifer’s library are described in the Colby Libraries web catalog and are designated with a PULSIFER prestamp before the call number.


The Harold Trowbridge Pulsifer Collections contains correspondence, manuscripts, and clippings.