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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 40.25

Pearson Hunt papers


The papers of HBS professor Pearson Hunt consist of correspondence, writings, biographical materials, and course work while a student at Harvard Business School.


  • 1931-1999

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Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact for more information.


3.5 linear feet (1 carton, 6 boxes)
The papers of Pearson Hunt document his time spent as a student and professor at Harvard Business School. The material falls within the years he spent as a graduate student between 1931 and 1933, a doctoral candidate and Research Assistant from 1934 to 1939, an Associate Professor from 1940 to 1950, and Professor of Business Administration from 1950 to 1975. Additional materials document Hunt's post-HBS career at Babson College and the University of Massachusetts Boston, 1975-1999. The collection contains course work, lecture notes, course plans, slides, reports, correspondence, articles, lectures, reviews, speeches, and news clippings and bulletins.

Biographical Note:

Pearson Hunt was born in 1908 and raised on Staten Island, New York. Hunt graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1930, completed the first year at Columbia Law School, and then studied economics for a term at King's College, Cambridge University. He graduated from Harvard Business School with high distinction in 1933. Hunt was employed by HBS as a Research Assistant in 1934 while working toward his Doctorate of Commercial Science which he earned in 1939.

During World War II, Hunt served as an instructor for the Army Air Forces Statistical School on the HBS campus and later assisted U.S. Army officials in drafting inventory and contract policies at M.I.T.'s Radiation Laboratory. Concurrently, Hunt was made an Associate Professor at HBS in 1940. He was also editor of the HBS Alumni Bulletin from 1942 to 1946. Hunt became Professor of Business Administration in 1950, headed the first year MBA course for many years, and became head of the Corporate Financial Management Area as well. Among Hunt's contributions to the field of business finance was his coining of the acronym "EBIT" or Earnings Before Interest and Taxes. Hunt led the way to the "inside looking out" approach to finance; putting the emphasis on the decision-maker within a firm instead of on the investor or intermediary "looking in".

Traveling to Europe and the Middle East as an Eisenhower Exchange Fellow, Hunt studied the potential for management development programs abroad. He later assisted in developing MBA programs in Chile, Guyana, and Italy. Hunt was named the Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking by HBS in 1967. He attained emeritus status when he retired from HBS in 1975. He later received the Distinguished Service Award in 1983. He went on to teach at Babson College and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Pearson Hunt died in 2002 at the age of 93.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Pearson Hunt papers (A-05-14) were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Mrs. Dorothy Christensen in 2002.

Additions to the papers (A-14-036) were transferred from the Harvard Business School Senior Faculty Center on June 23, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed: November 2011

By: Jeremy Meserve
August 2019

By: Liam Sullivan
Link to catalog
Hunt, Pearson, 1908-2002. Pearson Hunt Papers, 1931-1999: 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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