The HBS Archives include the records of Harvard Business School from its founding in 1908 to the present day. The archives are a rich resource to learn about subjects such as:  the development of the case method, changes in curriculum, the intersection of the School and innovations in business, and the global impact of Harvard Business School. 


The collection includes administrative, operational, programmatic, and academic records with permanent historical value.  As the official record keeper, the HBS Archives provides documentary evidence of decisions, program development and pivotal events.  Student publications, event posters, and other materials vividly capture student life on campus. Photographic images illustrate the history of HBS, including faculty members, staff, students, the campus, and special events.

Research archivists can work with you to identify photographs, and documents as well as audio and video files for use in HBS publications, presentations, media productions, and other School products.

Using the HBS Archives

All users must create an account in HOLLIS Special Request to request Archives material. Please see our page on searching collections for more information. In addition, those interested in administrative and faculty collections should complete the HBS Archives Use Agreement.

Components of This Collection

Retired HBS Cases

Instituted in the 1920s, the case method continues to be a cornerstone of the HBS academic experience. The HBS Archives in Baker Library Special Collections and Archives holds over 50,000 retired cases which are available for research. 

HBS Theses

Printed versions of all HBS Doctoral theses are available for use in Baker Library Special Collections and Archives.

School Publications

The HBS Archives collects school publications such as class yearbooks, alumni publications, and course catalogs, among many others.  

HBS Photographs & Films

Photographs & films from the 1920s to the present day.