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Historical Collections

Baker Old Class Collection

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The Baker Old Class collection is the name assigned to materials that were acquired prior to 1971 for the general collection at Baker Library. The collection is a particularly valuable resource for tracing the development and growth of American business and industry from the late nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century. The rich holdings include trade publications, government documents, corporate histories and publications, and business directories. The unique arrangement of the collection brings together books, periodicals, and pamphlets by industry, allowing researchers to readily browse related research materials.

In the early years of Baker Library, smaller campus collections existed in addition to Baker Old Class. The Human Relations Collection was an example of such a collection. Formerly stored in Humphrey House to support the research of HBS faculty such as Fritz Roethlisberger, George F.F. Lombard, and Elton Mayo, the collection consists of a wide variety of works on personnel management and industrial psychology.

Using the Baker Old Class Collection

Access to the Baker Old Class Collection is provided via the Historical Collections Reference Desk in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room on the first floor of Baker Library.

The collection is open to researchers Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Researchers may browse the collection and retrieve materials anytime during these hours or they may request to have materials retrieved and held for pickup at the Historical Collections Reference Desk.

There is a reading area in the Baker Old Class stacks with electrical outlets for laptop computers. Only notepaper, pencils, and/or laptop computers are permitted in the reading area. Lockers are available for storage of personal belongings while in the reading area.

Retrieval requests can be made by:

Requests placed by noon will be available for pickup at the Historical Collections Reference Desk by the next business day. Circulating materials may be checked out and returned to the Historical Collections Reference Desk. Circulating materials may also be returned to the Stamps Reading Room on the third floor of Baker Library.

Some materials in the Baker Old Class collection are non-circulating due to their age, size, or fragility, and may only be used in either the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room or the Baker Old Class reading area. Researchers who place a retrieval request for non-circulating materials will be contacted by the Historical Collections staff to make arrangements to use these materials in Historical Collections.

Last Updated: July 2005 | Contact: histcollref@hbs.edu


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