Digital Resources

  1. Program for architectural competition. Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration, 1924

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    The architectural competition for the commission of the new Harvard Business School campus commenced in September 1924 with guidance from Harvard Professor of Architecture Charles W. Killam. The official program includes detailed competition guidelines as well as requirements for the buildings and floor plans.

  2. Dedication Addresses. Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration, June 4, 1927

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    On the morning of June 4, 1927, a crowd of Harvard Business School students, alumni, faculty, and supporters filled the center of the new HBS campus for the official dedication of the handsome new buildings and landscaped grounds. Bishop William Lawrence, who played a key role in securing George F. Baker’s $5 million gift for the design and construction of the campus, opened the ceremonies and spoke on behalf of Mr. Baker. The text includes speeches by A. Lawrence Lowell, the president of Harvard University; Edwin F. Gay and Wallace B. Donham, the first and second deans of the Harvard Business School; HBS Professor Lawrence J. Henderson; and noted industrialist Owen Young.

  3. Harvard Business School Deans’ Reports, 1908–1986

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    Annual reports by the deans of Harvard Business School contain overviews of the School’s activities as well as statistical information about students. These individual HBS reports are included in the full text of the Harvard University presidents’ reports through academic year 1985–1986.

  4. A Delicate Experiment: The Harvard Business School, 1908–1945

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    Through the extensive use of archival records, photographs, and interviews, Jeffrey L. Cruikshank provides a detailed history of Harvard Business School from its founding through World War II, in his book A Delicate Experiment: The Harvard Business School, 1908–1945 (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1987).

  5. Corporation Finance (“Business 25”): Official Report of the Lectures in Full in 1908–1909

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    Among the courses offered during Harvard Business School’s first year was Corporation Finance, also known as “Business 25.” Guest speakers from the business world enhanced course teaching, and class transcripts include lectures by Thomas W. Lamont, the vice president of the First National Bank in New York, and Wallace B. Donham, the vice president of the Old Colony Trust Company in Boston. Donham would succeed Edwin F. Gay as HBS dean in 1919.

  6. HBS Course Catalogs, 1908–1926

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    As the 1908 course catalog states, Harvard Business School courses provide “thorough and scientific instruction in the fundamental principles of business organization and administration.” In that year the School offered courses in accounting, commercial law, economic resources, industrial organization, banking and finance, transportation (with an emphasis on railroad management), and insurance. A portion of the course catalog holdings are now available online and include class descriptions as well as descriptions of the general HBS curriculum and program, academic requirements, and a listing of students.