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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 80.20

George Albert Smith papers

The collection consists of professional papers of Harvard Business School professor, George Albert Smith kept, 1935-1969. Includes teaching, consulting and administrative records, as well as writings and speeches.

Dates

  • 1935-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.
Terms of Use Access to Harvard Business School administrative records is restricted for 50 years after the date of creation; access to Harvard Business School student records is restricted for 80 years after the date of creation.

Extent

6 linear feet (12 boxes)

The George Albert Smith papers document Smith's work as a professor and administrator at Harvard Business School in addition to his work as visiting professor, consultant and minister in the Church of Latter Day Saints. Materials include correspondence, publications, articles, newsletters, course materials, student reports, meeting minutes, press releases and memorandums. Organizations and institutions represented in this collection include the U.S. Commerce Department, Danforth Foundation, Church of Latter Day Saints, Harvard Business School, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, University of Hawaii, Utah Savings and Trust Company, Continental Oil Company and the Institut pour l'étude des méthodes de direction de l'entreprise (IMEDE) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Note: some teaching and consulting records may also be found in Series I: Correspondence and Subject Files.

Biographical Note

George Albert Smith, Jr., a minister, professor and father, was born in Utah in 1905. He attended the Parkfield School in England before earning his A.B. with high honors from the University of Utah in 1926. Smith then came to Harvard where he was awarded an MBA in 1934 and a DCS. in 1937.

He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1934 where he taught courses in business policy, administrative practices and the responsibility of business in American society. Smith served as Assistant Dean from 1939-1945 and, in 1945, became Professor of Business Administration, a position he held until his unexpected death in 1969.

Smith held many visiting professorships during this period including stints at Yale Law School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the Institut pour l'étude des méthodes de direction de l'entreprise (IMEDE) in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Advanced Management Program at the University of Hawaii. Smith also was very active in the Church of Latter Day Saints, serving as missionary and administrative officer in the Church in Basel, Switzerland from 1926-1929.

In addition to his many teaching responsibilities, Smith worked as a consultant for several institutions and offices, including the U.S. Navy, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Secretary of Commerce, Luther H. Hodges. During World War II, Smith served as Assistant Director of the Special Navy Supply Corps. His research focused on the social responsibilities of business leaders, an issue he was working on at the time of his death. He was the author of three books: Policy Formulation and Administration (1951), Managing Geographically Decentralized Companies (1958), and Business, Society, and the Individual (1962).

Series Outline

The collection is organized into four series:
  1. Series I. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1935-1969
  2. Series II. Harvard Business School Teaching Records: Business, Society and the Individual, 1958-1969
  3. Series III. IMEDE, 1954-1969
  4. Seris IV. Outside Work: Consulting Records, 1948-1969
  5. ___Subseries A. Commerce Department, 1961-1964
  6. ___Subseries B. Continental Oil Company, 1948-1969

Physical Location

ARCFA

Processing Information

Processed: September 2006

By: Dominique Tremblay, Zachary Violette, and Rachel Wise.
Link to catalog
Title
Smith, George Albert, 1905-1969. George Albert Smith Papers, 1935-1969: A Finding Aid
Author
Baker Library, Harvard Business School
EAD ID
bak00024

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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