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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 51.15

Myles L. Mace papers

The papers of HBS professor Myles L. Mace consist of correspondence, writings, outside consulting work, biographical materials, and course work while a student at Harvard Business School.


  • 1937-1989

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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.


10.75 linear feet (1 volume, 1 box)

The papers of Myles L. Mace document his time as a student, research assistant, professor, and emeritus faculty at Harvard Business School, as well as work outside Harvard with the U.S. Army Air Force and consulting positions. Materials include a notebook and exercises with handwritten notes by Myles Mace for Professor John M. Maguire's Taxation course at Harvard Law School taken when Mace was a student at Harvard Business School. Early correspondence from the World War II era collects letters Mace exchanged with HBS leaders during the time he served in the U.S. Army Air Force. Correspondents include Wallace B. Donham, Donald K. David, and Edmund P. Learned. Later correspondence from the 1970s and 1980s relate to requests for permissions and reprints of Mace's publications, and letters relating to Mace's outside consulting work. Consulting correspondences includes Mace's advice to companies on corporate boards, directors, and executive compensation, as well as consulting contracts and billing notices. Biographical material including curricula vitae, publication lists, announcements of new appointments, interviews, book reviews, and news coverage of Mace's research and publications documents Mace's career and accomplishments at Harvard Business School. Collected articles, editorials, and speeches by Myles Mace include his opinions and research on topics including finance, directors, executives, corporate boards, and business education. The materials in the collection are arranged chronologically.

Biographical Note:

Myles LaGrange Mace was born October 10, 1911 in Montevideo, Minnesota. He studied at University of Minnesota, receiving a B.S. in Law in 1934, and then earned a LL.B at St. Paul College of Law in 1936, becoming a member of the Minnesota bar. Mace continued his education at Harvard Business School (HBS), earning an MBA in 1938, and staying on as a research assistant. In 1939, Mace became an instructor in Business and Government, and advanced to Assistant Professor in 1942. Mace left HBS in 1943 for military service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Air Force and returned to HBS in 1946 as Associate Professor of Business Administration. He began teaching Business Policy courses for MBA students and the Advanced Management Program. Mace also created the first entrepreneurship course at Harvard in 1947. Titled The Management of New Enterprise the course was (and is) regarded as the foundation of the School’s extensive entrepreneurial management program. While teaching at HBS, Mace also authored several books including The Board of Directors in Small Corporations in 1948 and The Growth and Development of Executives in 1950.

After a brief leave of absence in 1955, Mace returned to the HBS faculty in 1958 where he remained until his retirement in 1972. During this time, Mace would also be appointed Assistant Dean and serve as the School's first Associate Dean of External Affairs. A prolific writer, Mace authored Management Problems of Corporate Acquisitions published in 1962 and Directors: Myth and Reality published in 1971. Mace became Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus in 1972. He remained active in retirement, serving as contributing editor to Harvard Business Review from 1975-1978, writing articles and providing consulting services to various organizations. He received the HBS Distinguished Service Award in 1984. Mace died on March 24, 2000 at his home in Natick, Massachusetts.


Gift of Myles L. Mace, 1972. Professor Mace donated his student course notes from 1937-1938. Additional papers transferred from HBS Senior Faculty Center in July 2004 (A-05-12). Material from Mace's faculty publication file (GC555) and faculty biography file (GC555) incorporated at time of processing.


The following items have been removed from the collection and added to HBS Archives Photograph Collection: Faculty and Staff, 1908-2005, box 18:
  1. Myles Mace, September 1980
  2. Myles Mace, 1981
  3. Myles Mace, 1981 (contact sheet)

Processing Information

Processed: May 2015

By: Liam Sullivan
Processing Note Material from Mace's faculty publication file (GC555) and faculty biography file (GC555) were incorporated with papers donated by Myles Mace and the Senior Faculty Center.
Link to catalog
Mace, Myles L. (Myles La Grange), 1911-2000. Myles L. Mace Papers, 1937-1989: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

Repository Details

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