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Margaret Bourke-White Photograph Collection


A small collection of photographs taken by American photographer Margaret Bourke-White.


  • Creation: 1928-1931


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers must register and provide valid photo identification before using this collection.

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


Copyright of the photographs in this collection is not held by Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School. Researchers are also responsible for contacting the copyright holder.


4 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 folder)

The Margaret Bourke-White photograph collection is comprised of fifteen black and white gelatin silver process prints produced between 1928 and 1931. The photographs depict industrial settings including mines, automobile plants, foundries, glass works, and steel companies. Included is the Otis Steel Company, Lincoln Electric company, Studebaker Foundry, and Corning Glass Works.

Historical Note:

Margaret Bourke-White was born in Bronx, New York in 1904. She began studying at Columbia University, but left after a year, finally graduating from Cornell University in 1927 with a BA. After graduating from Cornell she moved with her family to Cleveland, Ohio. She was employed by the Otis Steel Company of Cleveland in 1929 to document the companies facilities. Bourke-White was the first female photojournalist to work for Life magazine and is considered one of the premier photojournalists of the 20th century. She also worked for Fortune magazine.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2010

By: Benjamin Johnson

Margaret Bourke-White Photograph Collection, 1928-1931: A Finding Aid
Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections and Archives, Harvard Business School Repository

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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