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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 50.15.1

George F. F. Lombard letters

Content Description

This collection contains the correspondence of George F.F. Lombard, detailing his nearly year-long trip around the world from July 1935 to May 1936. At the age of 24, after earning his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1935, Lombard embarked from Boston to London, then traveled through Europe and Asia, crossed the Pacific Ocean to Honolulu and landed in San Francisco the next spring. Writing the majority of his letters home to his mother, Lombard mostly details his constantly changing travel plans. He also writes regularly about people he has met, including berth roommates and expatriates his friends and family have sent him to call on.

Lombard also writes about his experiences and describes the sights and cities he has visited, though the description is surface level, often referencing his more detailed diary and photographs, which he mailed home with his letters. Other common topics include his visits to American consulates and factories and where his family should send mail. Some correspondence is written to his sister Rosamund and his Uncle Marshal, with the letters to his uncle focusing more on the socio-economic and political conditions of countries, such as growing political agitation in Greece, his thoughts on Hitler, and communism in Russia.

The names of many cities and countries identified in the letters have subsequently changed. At the time the correspondence was written, Sri Lanka and Myanmar were the British colonies of Ceylon and Burma, respectively. Many cities in Asia are also identified by their now outdated postal Romanization names. The current names of cities and countries have been provided in parentheses.


  • Creation: 1935-1936

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0.5 linear feet (1 box (67 letters and telegrams))

Biographical / Historical

George F.F. Lombard was born in 1911 in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended the Rivers School and Milton Academy. He received an BA from Harvard College in 1933 and an MBA (1935). Lombard started his professional career at Harvard Business School as Assistant Dean in 1936. He served in this position until 1940 when he joined the faculty as Instructor in Industrial Research. He advanced to Assistant Professor of Industrial Research in 1942, to Associate Professor of Human Relations in 1946, and to Professor of Human Relations in 1952. He became Associate Dean for Educational Programs in 1962 and was appointed Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations in 1965. Lombard became Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in 1967 and Senior Associate Dean in 1974. He retired from Harvard Business School in 1977. Professor Lombard died in Weston, Massachusetts on June 17, 2004.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The George F.F. Lombard letters (A-18-020) were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Malcolm G. Witter in 2017.

Related Materials

Baker Library Special Collections also holds the George F.F. Lombard papers, 1941-1995.

Lombard, George F.F. (George Francis Fabyan), 1911-. George F.F. Lombard Letters, 1935-1936: A Finding Aid
Bailey Brunick
December 2018
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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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