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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 50.15

George F.F. Lombard papers


This collection includes the teaching and research materials of Harvard Business School professor George F.F. Lombard. Types of materials contained in the collection are correspondence, conference papers, administrative records, and teaching and research materials.


  • Creation: 1941-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact for more information.

In accordance with Harvard University policy, administrative records are restricted for 50 years and student records for 80 years. Information on restricted materials in this finding aid has been redacted.


41 linear feet (70 boxes)

The office files of George F.F. Lombard cover his activities as administrator, professor, and researcher at Harvard Business School from 1937-1995. Documentation includes correspondence, minutes, research materials, teaching materials, conference papers, articles, and administrative materials. Professor Lombard’s papers are organized into seven series (Correspondence; Teaching Records; Research and Writing Records; Outreach and External Activities; Audio-Visual and Oversized; Harvard University Administrative and Program Records; Personal and Student Information.)

Records found in Series I-IV relating to official non-teaching Harvard University activities, administration, and planning have been removed from these series into a special closed series in observance of Harvard University records management and access policies. Records relating to personnel matters, student advising and any records with confidential content were removed to a second special closed series in observance of Harvard University regulations regarding access to personal information of its students and employees.

Biographical Note:

George F.F. Lombard was born in 1911 in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended the Rivers School and Milton Academy. He received an BA from Harvard College in 1933. He earned an MBA (1935) and a PhD in Commercial Science (1942) from Harvard Business School. He received an honorary DBA from the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE), Nicaragua in 1977.

Lombard started his professional career at Harvard Business School as Assistant Dean in 1936. He served in this position until 1940 when he joined the faculty as Instructor in Industrial Research. He advanced to Assistant Professor of Industrial Research in 1942, to Associate Professor of Human Relations in 1946, and to Professor of Human Relations in 1952. He became Associate Dean for Educational Programs in 1962 and was appointed Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations in 1965. Lombard became Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in 1967 and Senior Associate Dean in 1974. He retired from Harvard Business School in 1977. Professor Lombard died in Weston, Massachusetts on June 17, 2004.

Lombard’s teaching and research interests focused on Human Relations and Organizational Behavior. He taught courses at both Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Lombard, however, left his stamp on the Business School in his role as an administrator. He provided crucial advice on educational activities, staffing, and faculty assignments. He supervised the Appointments Committee and salary administration, and he played an important role in developing international educational activities.

Lombard is the author of numerous articles and books, including Behavior in a Selling Group: A Case Study of Interpersonal Relations in a Department Store; Interpersonal Behavior and Administration; and Sons of the Machine (co-authored by Charles H. Savage).

He participated in the governance of numerous national and local committees and organizations, including the subcommittee on rehabilitation of the National Research Council’s Committee on Work in Industry, 1944-1945; Office of Naval Research, 1946-1952; the study committee of the Department of Church and Economic Life and Work, National Council of Churches; Boston YMCA, 1948-1955; and as Director of the Weston Forest and Trail Association, 1955-1961.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence, circa 1941-1995
  2. Series II. HBS Teaching Records, circa 1937-1980
  3. ___Subseries A. Administrative Practices – First Term, 1946-1948
  4. ___Subseries B. Administrative Practices, Business Policy & Human Relations (AP-BP-HR), 1941-1958
  5. ___Subseries C. Advanced Training and Research in Human Resources, 1951-1957
  6. ___Subseries D. Human Relations, 1947-1961
  7. ___Subseries E. Human Relations I, 1956-1962
  8. ___Subseries F. Human Relations II, 1956-1963
  9. ___Subseries G. Human Relations --Clinic, 1946-1962
  10. ___Subseries H. Human Relations --General, 1945-1959
  11. ___Subseries I. Management Controls, 1942
  12. ___Subseries J. Organizational Behavior, 1957-1979
  13. ___Subseries K. Talks by George F. F. Lombard, 1956-1972
  14. ___Subseries L. Teaching Notes, 1943-1980
  15. ___Subseries M. Administration Cases, circa 1940-1948
  16. ___Subseries N. HBS Cases and Other Case Material, 1937-1960
  17. ___Subseries O. Military Cases, circa 1940-1948
  18. ___Subseries P. Non-business Cases, circa 1940-1950
  19. ___Subseries Q. Role Playing Cases, 1953-1954
  20. Series III. Research and Writing Records, circa 1919-1989
  21. ___Subseries A. Field Development – General, 1927-1961
  22. ___Subseries B. Field Development – Human Relations, 1940-1960
  23. ___Subseries C. Field Development – Raiffa-Schlaifer, 1948-1958
  24. ___Subseries D. Papers and Publications – The Elusive Phenomenon, 1927-1981
  25. ___Subseries E. Papers and Publications – General, 1944-1988
  26. ___Subseries F. Papers and Publications – Sons of the Machine, circa 1980-1985
  27. ___Subseries G. Research Files – General, 1943-1989
  28. ___Subseries H. Research Files – General Motors Study, 1938-1982
  29. ___Subseries I. Research Files – Illinois Bell, 1939-1960
  30. ___Subseries J. Research Files – Middle East Oil Conference, 1919-1989
  31. Series IV. Outreach and External Activities, circa 1944-1988
  32. ___Subseries A. Societies and Conferences – American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), 1962-1977
  33. ___Subseries B. Societies and Conferences – General, 1948-1988
  34. ___Subseries C. Societies and Conferences – Human Relations Conferences, 1947-1957
  35. ___Subseries D. Speeches, 1946-1986
  36. ___Subseries E. Notes and Talks – Alumni Affairs, 1952-1982
  37. ___Subseries F. Notes and Talks – Faculty, 1952-1969
  38. ___Subseries G. Notes and Talks: Harvard Introduction to Business Program for PhDs, 1950-1982
  39. ___Subseries H. Notes and Talks – New Faculty and Staff, 1948-1978
  40. ___Subseries I. Notes and Talks – Salary Equity, 1963-1969
  41. ___Subseries J. Notes and Talks – Visiting Committee, 1944-1986
  42. Series V. Audio-Visual and Oversized Materials
  43. Series VI. Harvard University Administrative and Program Records, circa 1942-1984; 1994 – Series Closed until 2044
  44. ___Subseries A. General Correspondence Files, 1942-1994
  45. ___Subseries B. HBS Committee Records, 1951-1975
  46. ___Subseries C. HBS Program Records, 1954-1981
  47. ___Subseries D. Harvard University Committee and Program Records, 1942-1984
  48. Series VII. Personal and Student Information, circa 1941-1990-- Series Closed until 2070

Physical Location



Donations of George F.F. Lombard (A90-05; A-91-45; A-02-02). Records for other accessions are unclear.

Related Materials

Baker Library Special Collections also holds the George F.F. Lombard letters, 1935-1936.

Separated Materials

Books removed to Harvard Business School Archives Print Collection:

  1. Abernathy, William J. et al. Industrial Renaissance. New York, 1983.
  2. Bennis, Warren. Leaders. New York, 1985.
  3. Bordow, Alan. The Worker in Australia. St. Lucia, 1977.
  4. Ginn, Robert J. Job Hunter's Handbook. Cambridge, 1980.
  5. Kotter, John P. General Manager. New York, 1982.
  6. Levitt, Theodore. Marketing Imagination. New York, 1983
  7. Lewis, Oscar. Pedro Martinez. New York, 1964.
  8. Lodge, George C. The American Disease. New York, 1986.
  9. Lombard, George F. F. Behavior in a Selling Group. Boston, 1955.
  10. Mayo, Gael Elton. The End of a Dream: A Memoir. London, 1987
  11. Mayo, Gael Elton. The Mad Mosaic: A Life Story. London, 1983.
  12. McCaskey, Michael B. The Executive Challenge. Boston, 1982.
  13. Revans, Reginald W. Action Learning: New Techniques for Management. London, 1980.
  14. Revans, Reginald W. The Origins and Growth of Action Learning. Lund, 1982.
  15. Rice, A. K. The Enterprise and Its Environment. London, 1963.
  16. Rice, A. K. Productivity and Social Organization: The Ahmedabad Experiment. London, 1958.
  17. Stobaugh, R. Energy Futures. New York, 1979.

Processing Information

By: Original processing by Jeff Mifflin; integration of later accessions by Carole Foster. Collection arrangement and finding aid completely revised by Tim Driscoll, Lisa Moorhead, and Kim Reynolds, September 2003-September 2004.

Lombard, George F. F. (George Francis Fabyan), 1911-. George F. F. Lombard Papers, 1941-1995: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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