Photo: Susan Fou

Alfred L. Bush, a longtime curator at the University Library and devoted mentor to generations of Native American students, died Nov. 9 at age 90. Bush came to Princeton in 1958 as an editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson and transitioned to the library staff in 1962. In the next four decades, he expanded the library’s collections of Western Americana, historic maps and photographs, and Native American materials. He also recruited students from tribal communities. “Alfred singlehandedly found Native students and made sure they felt supported when they arrived in the very foreign environs of the Princeton campus,” Yolandra Gomez Toya ’88, co-leader of Native Alumni of Princeton, wrote in an email to PAW. “His support was transformative. We went home to become doctors, lawyers, politicians, educators, and artists, serving our home communities and the nation at large.” Bush received the Alumni Council Award for Service in 2020.