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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 36

Jacob Anton de Haas papers

Scope and Contents

The Jacob Anton de Haas papers consist of correspondence, notes, reports, newspaper clippings, photographs, school catalogs, and documents related to his role in the establishment of the business education curriculum at the Gimnasio Moderno school located in Bogota, Colombia. The Gimnasio Moderno was founded in the early 20th century and with the decline of European commercial interests due to World War II, the school's rector Daniel Samper, with the help of the American Embassy, sought help to establish a business curriculum. Much of the correspondence includes faculty recruitment, exchange students, success of the school, logistical issues, the case method of study, and an expanded Colombian-American exchange of ideas and information.

There is some correspondence written in Spanish, however the majority of the materials in the collection are English.


  • 1942-1948


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.5 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Jacob Anton de Haas was born in the Netherlands in 1883. He came to the United States to attend Stanford University (BA 1901) and Harvard University (MA 1912). He served in a variety of faculty positions around the United States until 1927, when he was appointed the William Ziegler Professor of International Relations at HBS. He remained at HBS for the remainder of his career. He died in 1963.

Physical Location


Related Materials

For additional information on the Gimnasio Moderno, see the HBS Alumni Bulletin.

de Haas, Jacob Anton. J. Anton de Haas Papers, 1942-1948: A Finding Aid
Baker Library
January 2019
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Repository Details

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

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