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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 50.5

John V. Lintner papers


The papers of Harvard Business School professor John V. Lintner include consulting records, correspondence, research, speeches and writings, teaching materials, and notes taken while a student, 1930-1983.


  • 1930-1983

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.


6.75 linear feet (5 cartons, 1 box)
Most materials in the collection pertain to Professor John V. Lintner's professional activities between 1940 and 1983, but a few folders contain documents going back as far as 1930. The collection contains little information about his personal life. Professor Lintner's activities as a consultant are documented in Series I, supplemented in some cases by correspondence in Series II. Speeches and writings in Series V are the best sources of information about Professor Lintner's scholarly contributions to the fields of business and economics, but should be used in conjunction with research files found in Series IV. Series VII illustrates the broad range of Professor Lintner's teaching activities, as well as different approaches taken by him when teaching similar subjects to different student populations.

Biographical Note:

John V. Lintner (1916-1983) was born in Kansas and received an AB in Economics from the University of Kansas in 1939, later receiving the MA and PhD in Economics from Harvard in 1942 and 1946 respectively. He taught Economics at the University of Kansas from 1939-1940, at Harvard University from 1941-1942 and 1964-1983, and at Harvard Business School (HBS) from 1943-1983.

Professor Lintner’s major fields of interest were economics and business conditions, capital markets, and corporation finance. He was Harvard's first George Gund Professor of Business and Economics, a joint appointment in HBS and Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The joint appointment was designed to promote mutually beneficial ties between business education and academic economics. In addition to his teaching activities at Harvard and HBS, Professor Lintner originated the PhD program in Business Economics at Harvard, was a consultant for many business corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies, and taught seminars at executive programs.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Consulting, 1948-1981
  2. Series II. Correspondence, 1954-1983
  3. Series III. Research, 1930-1967
  4. Series IV. Speeches and Writings, 1944-1983
  5. Series V. Student Notes, 1940-1941
  6. Series VI. Teaching Materials, 1946-1983
  7. Series VII. HBS Administrative Records, 1952-1983

Physical Location


Processing Information

Processed: October 2003

By: Tim Driscoll
Link to catalog
Lintner, John Virgil, 1916-1983. John V. Lintner Papers, 1930-1983: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

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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