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Extent24 linear feet (22 cartons, 4 boxes)
The collection contains research notes, photocopies, bibliographic reference cards, correspondence, letters sent and received, memoranda, financial records, telegrams, maps, audio tapes, transcripts, reports, publications, brochures, postcards, outlines, newspaper clippings, proxies, by-laws, charts, drawings, graphs, annual reports, government documents, legal records, contracts, speeches, field trip reports, contracts, charts and genealogies. These papers document Professor Johnson's research and writing during his HBS tenure as well as speeches made and consultant work. A small amount of teaching, course, and advisor material is included.
The papers in this collection document the various interests of Professor Johnson in his field of business history research with special emphasis on American pipe lines and Boston capitalists and their investment in railroads to expand the growth in the western United States. Of particular note in this collection is the vast background source material used for research including original company files from Prairie Pipe Line Company. Also of interest is material pertaining to Professor Johnson's editorial duties at Business History Review (1963-1967). This collection also includes documents relating to HBS administrative duties involving Baker Library, the Harvard-Newton Project, HBS summer programs, Advanced Management Program and HBS scholarships and fellowships.
While at HBS, Professor Johnson continued his research on pipelines utilizing HBS graduate students, George Harmon and John McArthur, and seasoned researcher, Catherine Ellsworth, to do field work and delve into primary source materials. That book, Petroleum Pipelines and Public Policy, was published in 1967. Other books written during Johnson's tenure at HBS include: Education for Business: The Harvard Business School 1908-1924 (1962), Government-Business Relations: A Pragmatic Approach to the American Experience (1965), Boston Capitalists and Western Railroads: A Study in the Nineteenth Century Railroad Investment Process (with Barry Supple 1967), Winthrop W. Aldrich, Banker, Lawyer, Diplomat (1968), and Case Studies in Business History and Economic Life, First Series (editor 1970). Professor Johnson attained full professorship in 1965 and served as editor of Business History Review from 1963-1967. In 1968 and 1969, Johnson took two consecutive leaves from HBS to organize economics and business courses at the University of Maine in Orono and did not return. In 1969, Johnson was the first person to obtain the title of university professor at University of Maine.
Professor Johnson was married in 1946 to the former Emily Wilford and they had two children: Robert (b. 1957) and Nancy Revell (b. 1960).
- Series I. Writing/Research, 1912-1968
- ___Subseries A. Petroleum Pipelines and Public Policy, 1912-1968
- ___Subseries B. Boston Capitalists and Western Railroads, 1960-1963.
- Series II. HBS Administration, 1958-1968. [Restricted]
By: Carole Foster
- Johnson, Arthur Menzies, 1921- . Arthur M. Johnson Papers, 1912-1968: A Finding Aid
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