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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 92

Ross G. Walker papers


Correspondence, teaching materials, consulting records and administrative records of HBS professor Ross G. Walker.


  • 1933-1960


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Access may be restricted. Details at the repository.

Box and folder lists of restricted material has been redacted. Contact Archivist for more information.


5.5 linear feet (11 boxes)

The papers of Harvard Business School professor Ross Graham Walker include material related to his teaching duties and administrative functions at HBS and outside consulting work he performed. The bulk of the collection consists of Walker's correspondence with individuals, universities, associations, and companies such as the American Can Company, Ford Motor Company, General Mills, and the Monsanto Chemical Company. Correspondence with associations, including the National Association of Cost Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and the American Management Association is also present. Also included is material relating to Walker's teaching activites at HBS including MBA courses, doctoral programs, and executive education courses, his administrative roles at HBS, and his outside consulting work for private companies.

Biographical Note:

Ross Graham Walker was born in Athens, Michigan on August 31, 1891. He received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1920 and his MA (Hon.) from Harvard University in 1938. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Walker taught economics at his alma mater until 1922. Following this, he became a professor of commerce at the University of Iowa for four years. Walker joined the faculty at Harvard Business School in 1926. During his time at HBS, Walker engaged in a substantial amount of consulting work in the fields of cost analysis and control, particularly in the woolen and cotton textiles industries. In 1931, Walker took a leave of absence from HBS to become treasurer of the Hamilton Woolen Company. Walker returned to HBS in 1936 as Professor of Business Administration.

Walker married Virginia Stephanie Look in 1922. The couple had two children, Martha Lura (Mrs. Charles Warren Clift) and David Griswold Walker.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence, 1935-1960
  2. ___Subseries A. General Correspondence, 1935-1959
  3. ___Subseries B. Administrative Correspondence, 1958-1960
  4. ___Subseries C. Student and Personnel Correspondence, 1935-1960 [Restricted]
  5. Series II. HBS Teaching Records, 1933-1954
  6. ___Subseries A. MBA and Doctoral Programs, 1933-1954
  7. ___Subseries B. Executive Education Programs, 1948-1952
  8. Series III. Consulting Work, circa 1940-1951
  9. Series IV. HBS Administrative Records, 1947-1954

Physical Location


Processing Information

Processed: December 2003

By: Lisa Moorhead; revised Laura Williams, May 2009.

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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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