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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch E80A.3

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


Records of the United States Army Air Forces War Adjustment Course, established in 1944


  • 1944-1945

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.


.25 collection (1 box)

The collection contains nine folders, alphabetically arranged, including schedules and assignments, correspondence regarding the course, press clippings, registration materials, and school bulletins, 1944-1945.

Historical Note:

The Army Air Forces War Adjustment Course was established in 1944 at several locations in the U.S., one of which was Harvard Business School. The HBS program involved eight weeks of training in the business of contract terminations, cutbacks, and property disposal necessitated by changes in Army Air Forces tactical requirements. Approximately 4,200 officers received instruction throughout the country, about one sixth of them at HBS. The goal of the program was to train men for participation in termination teams, composed of contracting officers, negotiators, legal officers, and accountants. Instruction was provided by the faculty of HBS under the direction of Cecil Fraser, with John Heflin serving as Commandant. The course of study was offered only twice at HBS. The second and final group graduated in November 1944.

Physical Location


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 Supply Corps School (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 Navy War Adjustment Course (Harvard University) records

Interested researchers should also refer to collections pertaining to the other wartime training programs at HBS, and to the Harvard Service News at HBS and at the Harvard University Archives. The Harvard University Archives also has Army Air Forces War Adjustment Course materials at UAV 157.1277 hd.

Processing Information

Processed: October 1995

By: Jeff Mifflin

Processing Note:

Materials in the collection were brought together from a variety of locations as a convenience to researchers. Most materials had previously been re-foldered. Other materials were also re-foldered. Paper clips and binders were removed and discarded

United States. Army Air Forces. United States Army Air Forces War Adjustment Course (Harvard University) Records, 1944-1945: A Finding Aid
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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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