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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 85.5

Stanley F. Teele papers

The collection consists of records pertaining to Stanley F. Teele’s activities on the Board of Directors of S.H. Kress & Co., along with other activities outside of Harvard Business School. Also included are notes and reports prepared while a student at HBS in the MBA and Doctor of Commercial Science (DCS) programs, along with speeches and writings from his tenure as Dean.


  • 1928-1963

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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)

A major component of the collection consists of records pertaining to Stanley F. Teele’s activities on the Board of Directors of S.H. Kress & Co., 1958-1961. Included are minutes of the board and Executive Committee, memos regarding company policy, statistics and surveys comparing performances of different outlets, excerpts from talks given by company executives to managers, and correspondence to and from Teele pertaining to the actions of the board and company policy in general. Of particular interest are letters, memos, and minutes discussing racial integration of Kress stores in the 1950s, including speculations about the effects proposed integration might have on the chain’s image and on sales figures.

Additional materials relate to Teele’s non-HBS activities from, 1930-1944. Of interest are several folders containing heavily annotated memos and reports compiled by Teele and used by him while participating in oil monopoly investigations by the federal government between 1937 and 1940. These documents discuss the effects of competition on the industry, the proposed Harrington Bill to bring about the divorcement of oil marketing facilities from oil refineries, and other related matters. Reports and correspondence regarding Teele’s role as an advisor to Schenley Distillers in a study of whisky buying habits and their relationship to advertising in the 1930s are also of interest. The series also includes Teele’s detailed 1944 letter to Congress commenting on a draft act pertaining to the disposal of surplus government property after the conclusion of World War II. His non-HBS teaching activities are reflected in folders containing correspondence with Simmons College, 1938.

The collection also includes Teele’s notes and reports prepared while a student at HBS in the MBA and DCS programs, 1928-1932. Some folders in the series contain notes taken in class, while others consist of an HBS assignment presenting a problematic business situation, Teele’s report and recommendations, and professor’s comments. The collection also includes speeches and writings for the years 1937-1963. Subjects include business education, the petroleum industry, war contracts, marketing, and religion. The collection does not contain information about Teele’s own HBS teaching activities and very little about his work for the government during World War II. Materials span the dates 1928 to 1961, but the bulk of the collection was created from 1928 to 1940 and 1958 to 1960.

Biographical Note:

Stanley F. Teele (1906-1967) earned a BA from Amherst College in 1928 and an MBA (1930) and DCS (1933) from HBS. He held many jobs at HBS between 1931 and 1962, including Research Assistant at the Bureau of Business Research, 1931-1933; Assistant Professor of Marketing, 1935-1938; Associate Professor, 1938-1944; Professor of Business Administration, 1944-1946; Associate Dean, 1946-1955; and Dean, 1955-1962. He owned and managed a restaurant in the 1930s in Boston, and was Deputy Director of the Procurement Policy Division of the War Production Board from 1941 to 1943. He served on the Board of Directors of many corporations, including S.H. Kress & Co., whose board he joined in 1958.

Stanley F. Teele resigned as Dean of HBS in 1962.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. S.H. Kress & Co. Board of Directors, 1958-1961
  2. Series II. Outside Activities, Miscellaneous, 1930-1944
  3. Series III. Student Notes and Reports (HBS), 1928-1932
  4. Series IV. Speeches and Writings, 1935-1963

Related Collection Note:

The Office of the Dean Records during Stanley F. Teele's tenure (1955-1962) are located in the HBS Archives.

Processing Information

Processed: April 1996 by Jeff Mifflin; Allison Benedetti, June 2008

Reprocessed: by
Processing Note: A portion of the speeches and writing in the Stanely F. Teele papers were removed from the Faculty Publication Collection (Arch GB 2) and integrated with the collection circa 2000. They were officially incorporated into the collection and added to the finding aid in 2008.
Link to catalog
Teele, Stanley Ferdinand, 1906-. Stanley F. Teele Papers, 1928-1963: 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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