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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 93

Louis T. Wells papers


The papers of HBS professor Louis T. Wells consist of subject files, teaching records, research, consulting work, publications and offprints collected by Wells while teaching at Harvard Business School.


  • Creation: 1957-2012

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.

Audiovisual material in this collection has not been reformatted. Original physical carriers are located in Box 103.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.


49 linear feet (131 boxes)

The papers of Louis T. Wells document his time as an assistant professor and later Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at Harvard Business School. Wells was a member of the Business, Government and the International Economy unit at HBS. His research interests focus on multinational enterprises, international business and government relations, and foreign investment by private business entities in developing countries. The papers consist of subject files, conference materials, consulting files, teaching records, case study preparation, research, publications, and offprints. Also included in the records is material related to the Multinational Enterprise Project, otherwise known within HBS as the Vernon database.

Biographical Note:

Louis Truitt Wells, Jr. is a leading organizational management and international economic relations theorist and professor emeritus at Harvard Business School. Wells was born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 19, 1937. He received a BA in physics from Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA (1963) and DBA (1966) from Harvard Business School. After graduating from HBS, Wells became an assistant professor of Business Administration and then was appointed the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management. Wells was part of the Business, Government and the International Economy unit, which focuses on the political, social and legal environment in which business operates. Wells has served as a consultant to governments of developing countries, private business entities and international organizations. In 1994-1995, Wells served as Coordinator for Indonesia Projects at the Harvard Institute for International Development in Jakarta, Indonesia. Wells was a leading researcher in the Multinational Enterprise Project, started by Harvard Kennedy School professor Raymond Vernon. The project was focused on the study of operations of United States and foreign based multinational businesses through the lens of finance, organization, production, and marketing.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Subject files, 1966-2011
  2. Series II. Teaching records, 1965-2012
  3. Series III. Research, 1960-2008
  4. Series IV. Publications, 1957-2010
  5. Series V. Offprints, 1964-2010

Physical Location



The Louis T. Wells papers were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a gift from Louis T. Wells in 2012. Additions were received in 2017.

Accession numbers: A-12-59, A-12-60, A-12-62 and A-18-017.

Related Materials

See also the Harvard Dataverse record for the Multinational Enterprise Project.

Separated Materials

Selected print materials have been removed from the collection and catalogued individually. Each item is noted as such in the catalog record.

Processing Information

Processed: February 2016

By: Benjamin Johnson Additions processed: October 2018 By: Liam Sulilvan

Digital content on physical storage media has been reformatted when possible. Files were surveyed, screened for privacy and confidentiality concerns, and transferred to secure storage. Content open for research is described at the series and folder levels below.

Publications were removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

Wells, Louis T. Louis T. Wells Papers, 1957-2012: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections and Archives, Harvard Business School Repository

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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