Baker Library | Bloomberg Center

Historical Collections

HBS Archives

Harvard Business School Class of 1910; click to see larger image

The HBS Archives record the history of the Harvard Business School from its founding in 1908 to the current day. The published and unpublished materials included in the collection trace the continuing developments and innovations in business education pioneered at the School. Major components of the collection include the teaching files and research papers of HBS faculty as well as the official records of all administrative departments. Class notes, student publications, event posters, and other materials vividly capture student life on campus. The Archives are particularly rich in photographic images that illustrate the history of HBS, including faculty members, students, the campus, and special events.

There are three major components to the Archives collection:

Access Information

Access restrictions apply to many HBS archival materials, and appointments are recommended to use the collections.

Researchers interested in using original papers and records should:

  1. Complete an application form.
  2. Complete a letter describing the research project and documenting the need for access to specific parts of the archival collections.
  3. Mail or fax the application and accompanying letter to:

    • Historical Collections Department
      Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
      Harvard Business School
      Soldiers Field
      Boston, MA 02163

      Email: histcollref@hbs.edu
      Fax: 617.495.5957
  4. Complete applications will be reviewed within five business days.
  5. If approved, researchers should then arrange an appointment by contacting Baker Library Historical Collections reference staff.

For use of other HBS Archives material, researchers should also contact Baker Library Historical Collections reference staff.

Planning a Visit

Checklist for Visitors

Access restrictions apply to many HBS archival materials, and appointments are recommended to use the collections. If you wish to visit, please notify us as far in advance as possible.

Finding Resources


Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field, Boston, MA 02163, 617-495-6040