Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2016     Views: 171

The corridor mural is entitled Renaissance Constructed Capitals.  Designed by Merle T. Westlake, the project architect for the Pusey building, it reproduces skeletal samples taken from alphabets designed by five important 16th century calligraphers and letter designers: Palatino; Tory; Verini; Ruang; and Pacioli. The capital letters spell P-V-S-E-Y.

On May 9, 1977, The Harvard Crimson reported, that "a graphics magazine has awarded a Certificate of Design Excellence to President Bok and officials of Harvard College in recognition of the Pusey Library Mural Renaissance Constructed Capitals.

Print Casebook 2 cited the calligraphic design of the mural, which is located in the middle-level corridor linking the Pusey Library with the Widener stack, as "evocative of the tradition of literature and history which the library represents."

"I was very pleased because Print deals primarily with environmental and system graphics and this mural was designed specifically for a library," Merle Westlake, designer of the library, said.


For more information about the Pusey Library, see Rene Kuhn Bryant, Change and Continuity in the Harvard Yard The Nathan Marsh Pusey Library, 1976.

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