Herbert G. Lull Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
O'Hare, Miriam.
Herbert G. Lull Papers
0.25 Linear feet
Copy of Zigzag Outlooks on Life by Herbert G. Lull.

Preferred Citation note

Herbert G. Lull Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Herbert Galen Lull was born May 15, 1874, in a log cabin in Antrim County, Michigan. He attended a rural school and worked a variety of jobs, including as a hemlock bark peeler and tugboat hand, before enrolling in the Valparaiso, Indiana, Normal School in 1892. He graduated as valedictorian of the Ypsilanti, Michigan, Normal School in 1898. Three years later he married a classmate, Mallah Godfrey, in Detroit, Michigan. They had two children, Orren and Harriett. Herbert earned an A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1904, an A.M. from the University of Washington in 1911, a Ph.D. from the University of California in 1912, and was later granted an honorary M.Ph. from Michigan State Normal.

Herbert began working as a school principal in Michigan and served as superintendent of schools in Carson City, Michigan, before accepting a post as director of the Normal Training School in Bellingham, Washington. He served as chairman of three state surveys in Washington, including as chairman of the committee on education of the municipal league of Seattle. The Lulls moved to Emporia, Kansas in 1916 so that Herbert could replace Dr. F. J. Kelly as head of the Department of Education, director of teacher training, and professor of education at the Kansas State Normal School. This move was initiated at the invitation of Kansas State Normal School President Thomas Butcher.

Except for a stint as Dean of the School of Education for the University of Peru in Lima, Peru (1921-1922), Herbert taught education classes in Emporia until 1945. Although he officially retired in 1944, he continued teaching part-time for another year. Herbert served as faculty sponsor and advisor of the Kappa Sigma Epsilon fraternity. He was also very active in community affairs and a member of the Forum Club and the Lions Club. In 1945 he and his wife moved to Carmel, California. Mallah passed away April 23, 1950. Following her death, Herbert moved to St. Peterburg, Florida, then back to Carmel, California, and finally to the Washington, D.C. area to be near his daughter Harriett. Herbert passed away on June 1, 1956.

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Scope and Contents note

As a member of the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia faculty, Herbert Lull was known not only for his teaching ability and extensive knowledge of that craft but also for being a philosopher. Zigzag Outlooks on Life was published a decade after he retired from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and just one year prior to his death. It is not about teaching. Instead, he offers seventeen short essays which, he states in the preface, “were written originally to clarify my own thinking.”

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Arrangement note

1 book in box.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives December 2005

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Copies of other books authored by Herbert G. Lull are available. Several Bulletin articles detail his activities on campus, as well as a letter written by his son to a teacher detailing the family’s trip to Peru in 1921 and Orren’s first impressions of that country (March 31, 1921). Herbert is featured in volume 1 of  Qualities of Greatness. Obituaries for Herbert, Mallah, and Orren Lull are available via microfilmed copies of the  Emporia Gazette.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Normal School -- Faculty.
  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia -- Faculty.

Personal Name(s)

  • Lull, Herbert Galen, 1874-1956.


  • Philosophy.
  • Teachers -- Kansas --Emporia.

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Collection Inventory


1 book.