This collection was originally one hundred cubic feet. Gaus was interested in everything and kept everything. This condensed collection preserves the essential core of his professional and personal life. The collection is arranged in two parts, correspondence and subject files.
John M. Gaus taught public administration at the University of Wisconsin from 1927 to 1947, when he returned to his alma mater, Harvard, until his retirement in 1961. He advised local, state and the federal government on issues of public administration, combining his research with direct government experience. In Wisconsin he served as Executive Secretary to the State Executive Council, 1931-1933 and on Wisconsin's State Planning Board, 1943-1947 and consulted with the Tennessee Valley Authority for a number of years. He was greatly interested in local regional planning, especially in land use in the cutover region of northern Wisconsin. He authored several books, including Reflections on Public Administration, wrote many professional articles, and served as president of both the American Political Science Association (1945) and the American Society of Public Administration (1951). A highly respected and innovative teacher (he started out in the Experimental College) with extraordinarily broad interests, his former colleagues, students, and friends raised enough money to purchase books and furnish a reading room in the undergraduate library in his memory.