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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 19

Georges F. Doriot research collection

This collection consists of Georges F. Doriot's correspondence and research related to aviation, atomic energy, and radio isotopes, as well as a collection of aviation-related ephemera owned by Doriot.


  • 1928-1952

Conditions Governing Access

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


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Collection includes Georges F. Doriot’s correspondence and research while at HBS related to aviation, atomic energy, and radio isotopes, 1928-1952. Aviation correspondence includes letters requesting trade literature and information from companies and replies. Atomic energy and radio isotopes research and correspondence includes letters from students conducting research for Doriot’s Manufacturing Course.

This collection also includes brochures, pamphlets, and other ephemera related to aviation owned by Doriot, 1927-1935 documenting companies and manufacturers in his field.

Biographical Note:

Professor Georges F. Doriot was born in Paris in 1899. He enrolled in Harvard Business School in 1921 and was hired by Dean Wallace B. Donham in 1925. He became Associate Professor of Industrial managment in 1926 and taught at HBS for forty years. He retired in 1966. Doriot died in 1987.

Following graduation, Doriot decided to settle in America instead of returning to France and the after-effects of the War. In 1925, Georges Doriot was hired by Dean Wallace B. Donham as the assistant dean of Harvard Business School. A year later, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Industrial management and started his own course in Manufacturing Industries, geared toward the study of factories and production. Doriot retired from teaching in 1966 after forty years of teaching at the University. Doriot died on June 2, 1987 in his home from lung cancer.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Subject files and correspondence, 1928-1952
  2. Series II. Ephemera related to aviation research, 1928-1935

Related Material:

For additional material related to Georges F. Doriot, please see Doriot, Georges F. (Georges Frederic), 1899-1987. Georges F. Doriot Papers, 1921-1984 and Doriot, Georges F. (Georges Frederic), 1899-1987. American Research and Development Papers, 1946-1991. Trade catalogs related to aviation which Doriot donated to Harvard can be found in HOLLIS.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2014

By: Jessica Eldridge
Link to catalog
Doriot, Georges F. (Georges Frederic), 1899-1987. Georges F. Doriot Research Collection, 1928-1952: 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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