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From its inception, Baker Library has collected rare and unique materials that focus on the evolution of business and industry.
Special Collections' de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room is open to all users by appointment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on our access policies.
If you are unable to visit to use our collections, please reach out to us at email@example.com so we can work together to meet your research needs.
Baker Library collects and makes available the records of business dating from the 14th century to the present and the records of the Harvard Business School since its founding in 1908. These varied collections include corporate archives, manuscripts, account ledgers, rare books, broadsides, photographs, company annual reports and audiovisual and digital materials, as well as works of art by a diverse range of artists from around the world.
While the collections contain extensive materials on American businessmen and leaders from the colonial period to the present, we are actively working to expand both the diversity and global scope of Baker Library’s collections, with a particular focus on acquiring the records of women and Black business leaders. We are also reviewing and engaging deeply with our existing collections in order to highlight materials and works by women, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), as well as enslaved people and immigrants, represented in our holdings.
As a research library committed to collecting, preserving and making accessible resources that document the history of business, Baker Library welcomes a wide range of researchers to explore our rich collections.
As members of the HBS community, we embrace the actions outlined in HBS’s action plan for Advancing Racial Equity & Diversity.
As members of the Harvard Library community, we stand in unity with Our Responsibilities: A Message from Martha Whitehead.
Within Baker Library Special Collections, we recognize that we must make clear how we intend to take meaningful action against structural racism and inequality. To that end we will:
We welcome comments and suggestions on this statement and our work at firstname.lastname@example.org.