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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 95

Arthur Vernon Woodworth papers


This collection documents the teaching career of Harvard Business School professor, Arthur Vernon Woodworth, and contains lectures, correspondence, student records, research materials, notes and other course materials.


  • 1898-1950

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Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact for more information.


3.75 linear feet (9 boxes)
The Arthur Vernon Woodworth papers document his work as a Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School in its early years; and as a tutor to history, government and economics students at Harvard University. Of note are hand-written lectures that demonstrate various ideas and areas of interest of Woodworth and other HBS professors.

This collection also includes correspondence; articles written by Woodworth; research materials pertaining to various organizations, stocks, legal decisions and other economic issues of the day; and course materials related to teaching at Harvard Business School. Professor Woodworth taught at Harvard Business School from 1920-1935 and his collection documents the development of curriculum for corporate finance courses.

Biographical Note:

Arthur Vernon Woodworth was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1865. He attended the Roxbury Latin School before enrolling at Harvard University. After graduation in 1891, he earned a BA in divinity from Cambridge Episcopal Theological School and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Freiburg, Germany in 1896. Upon receiving his PhD, Woodworth served as secretary to a committee researching the living conditions of unemployed people in Great Britain.

In 1898, Woodworth joined the Boston Stock Exchange. Ten years later he became a partner in a brokerage firm. In 1920, he resigned this position and joined the faculty at HBS as Instructor in Finance. In 1928 he was appointed Professor of Finance, a position he held until 1935, when he retired at the age of seventy. In addition to teaching at at HBS, Woodworth tutored students in history, government, and economics.

Professor Woodworth was married with three children. He died in Boston in 1950.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Subject Files and Correspondence, 1898-1950
  2. Series II. Teaching Files, 1915-1936
  3. ___Subseries A. General, 1922-1936
  4. ___Subseries B. Lectures, 1915-1926
  5. Series III: Student Records, 1921-1933

Physical Location


Processing Information

Processed: February 2007

By: Dominique Tremblay
Link to catalog
Woodworth, Arthur V. Arthur V. Woodworth Papers, 1898-1950: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

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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