Industrial Film collection
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Due to the fragility of audiovisual materials and the difficulty with play back, researchers must work with digital copies rather than with the original recordings. Digital use copies for items that have been digitized can only be accessed onsite in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room on a designated Special Collections computer. Researchers are not permitted to copy or download any digital files. To learn more about access to digitized content, options for digitizing additional materials, or obtaining use copies please contact email@example.com prior to visiting the library.
Please note that digital use copies have not been created for every item listed in this finding aid.
Extent317.25 linear feet (5 boxes, 252 cartons)
The topics of the films include labor and human relations, offering unique insight into industrial relations at this time. The films also offer a view into specific manufacturing processes such as a knitting mill operation. HBS produced 350 of the films for use in HBS classrooms and other management schools around the country. The film collection, and the related archival records, documents the fascinating collaboration that occurred between the Department of Fine Arts, the Fogg Art Museum and HBS in developing a film archive -- "the youngest of the arts".
The collection contains 16mm films and other audiovisual formats used for primarily for classroom discussion at Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration (HBS). The films, which represent a majority of the audiovisual materials in the collection, feature HBS produced case studies which cover a variety of business themes such as business policy, management, human aspects of administration, and other business problems. It also includes films featuring HBS events and ceremonies, interviews with prominent HBS faculty, discussions of school programs, and supplementary films purchased for classroom use. Additional subjects represented in the collection include time and motion studies, marketing and advertising, labor relations, and production. Also included is a small extent of paper materials which accompanied the audiovisual item. Materials include memoranda, stories, reviews with time codes, instruction manuals, notes, invoices, and reports. The collection spans from the 1940's to the 1980's and is organized into five series: I. Audiovisual material produced by the Graduate School of Business Administration and Harvard University, II. Classroom films, III. SFilms about Harvard Business School and HBS faculty, IV. Untitled films, and V. Audio recordings.
By: Mary Samouelian, Stephanie Hall, Milo Carpenter
- Industrial Film Collection 1939-1981: A Finding Aid Arch Arch
- Baker Library
- EAD ID
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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