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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch E80A.6

United States Navy Supply Corps School (Harvard University) records


Assignments, examinations, registration packets, newsletters, and other materials related to the United States Navy Supply Corps School at Harvard Business School.


  • Creation: 1939-1949


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. This collection requires a secondary registration form. Please contact for more information on access procedures and reproduction services.


1.5 linear feet (1 carton)

The collection consists of materials arranged in one alphabetical sequence. The bulk of the collection dates from 1943 to 1945, although a small amount of earlier and later material is included. Materials include assignments given to students, examinations, registration packets, training agreements, newsletters (including "And Here We Are Now" and "Memo," giving information about the post-training careers and family life of alumni), and a short film showing cadets marching. Of special interest is an account of the school and its programs written in 1949 by a graduate, A.C. Lyles, Jr.

Historical Note:

The federal government decided in 1941 to send Supply Corps personnel to Harvard Business School for training in the business of equipping the Navy. This was effected by a transfer to Harvard of the faculties of the Navy Finance and Supply School in Philadelphia (a school supervised by the U.S. Naval Academy) and the Naval Reserve Supply Corps in Washington, D.C. The course, aimed at student officers and officers in the Naval Reserve, was first of three months duration, but was later extended to four. Approximately 800 students were accommodated by the school at one time, requiring renovation of existing HBS facilities and the construction of a temporary building on the campus, Carpenter Hall. Students were taught by a faculty consisting of 12 Navy officers and three HBS professors, who were required to take commissions. Teaching was by the case method.

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Related Finding Aids:

United States Navy Industrial Accounting Course (Harvard University) records

United States Army Quartermaster Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps records

United States Navy War Adjustment Course (Harvard University) records

United States Army Air Forces Statistical School (Harvard University) records

United States Army Supply Officers Training School (Harvard University) records

United States Army Air Forces War Adjustment Course (Harvard University) records

Interested researchers should also consult other collections pertaining to the wartime training programs at HBS, as well as additional records of the Navy Supply Corps School at the Harvard University Archives (UAV 600.204 hd, UAV 600.214 hd, UAV 600.229 hd, UAV 600.258 hd, UAV 600.277 hd, UAV 600.280 hd). These materials include forms, schedules, rosters, and curricula. The vertical file at HBS contains photographs of Supply Corps trainees. The Harvard Service News contains information about all aspects of wartime training at Harvard and HBS from 1943-1946. See also Leo A. Schmidt papers

Processing Information

Processed: November 1995

By: Jeff Mifflin

Processing Note:

Materials in the collection were brought together from a number of locations at HBS Historical Collections for the convenience of researchers. These locations included the registration collection, examinations collection, and the HBS Archives Vertical Files. All materials were re-foldered and re-boxed in acid-neutral containers. Paper clips, rubber bands, and binders have been removed and destroyed, but no attempt has been made to remove examinations from the bound volumes in which they were found.


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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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