Lehman Brothers Collection - Contemporary Business Archives

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Lehman Brothers Collection

Twentieth-Century Business Archives

Using the Business Records

The Lehman Brothers records include administrative records, financial documents, trust records, and correspondence. A finding aid for the Lehman Brothers records is available in OASIS, the Harvard University Library Online Archival Search Information System at http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3: HBS.Baker.EAD:bak00042. The finding aid provides detailed information about the collection and includes a complete inventory of its contents.

The records document the history of Lehman Brothers from the late 19th century to the 21th century. Also included are records of the investment firm Kuhn, Loeb & Co. prior to its 1977 merger with Lehman Brothers. The records are of historical interest but are not comprehensive. The business records highlight the administrative and financial activities of Lehman Brothers, and include board meeting minutes, company strategy, financial operations, communications material and reports, and correspondence. Office and client files detail the business practices of Lehman Brothers and Kuhn, Loeb & Co. The bulk of the material dates from the 1960s to the 2000s. Also included are the papers of Robert Lehman and several Kuhn Loeb figures, such as John M. Schiff and members of the Kahn and Warburg families. These papers deal with business matters and personal concerns, such as Robert Lehman's art collection.

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