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In 1928, N.S.B. Gras invited Larson to join his newly developed Business History program at Harvard Business School. Larson accepted the offer and came to Harvard as a research assistant. Throughout the 1930s she and Gras worked to establish the discipline of business history. With Gras, she co-authored Casebook in American Business History (1939) which was the first book assembled on the subject and served as a catalyst for the introduction of business history courses at other schools. Larson also aided Gras in forming the Business History Foundation, Inc. in 1947 where she was elected a Trustee and Treasurer of the Foundation. The Foundation’s original project was a written History of Standard Oil. Larson eventually became the chief editor of this project, and co-authored two of the four volumes. She was also editor of The Bulletin of the Business History Society, Inc. from 1938-1953, and editor of Harvard Studies in Business History from 1948 to 1962. Among her many publications, Larson prepared the Guide to Business History (1948), a monumental compilation of 5,000 references to Business History.
Larson was the first female faculty member at the Harvard Business School. She was appointed Assistant Professor in 1936, Associate Professor in 1942 and Professor in 1961. Larson officially retired from the Harvard Business School in 1961, but at the School’s request she stayed until 1962. She received the School’s Distinguished Service Award on Alumni Day in 1979. She also received an honorary doctorate from St. Olaf’s College in 1943.
Larson was on the Board of Trustees of the University Lutheran Church Cambridge and the Board of the Boston Branch of the American Association of University Women. Henrietta Larson died on August 26, 1983 in Northfield, Minnesota.
- Series I. Correspondence, 1954-1962
- Series II. Teaching Materials, 1947-1954
- Series III. Business History Foundation, 1959-1962
- Series IV. Restricted Correspondence, 1959-1961 (Closed until 2041)
By: Sean Perrone
- Larson, Henrietta, 1894-1983. Henrietta Larson Papers, 1947-1962: A Finding Aid
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