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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 83

Robert E. Stone papers

Scope and Contents

The Robert E. Stone papers include materials collected and organized by Stone during his tenure as Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) in conjunction with his appointment as the American co-director of the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Istanbul from 1954 to 1959.

The records contain the annual reports written by Stone and submitted to HBS Dean Stanley F. Teele about the Institute's progress, staff meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, course materials, Stone's drafts of and finalized speeches, data collected on Turkey, and case materials. The relationship between the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Istanbul and HBS was fostered by the Ford Foundation in 1953. The Ford Foundation funded a grant to establish a school of business program in Turkey for five years. The goal of the institute was to contribute to Turkey's social, political and economic progress. Part of the grant provided funding for the new institute's Turkish professors to be trained in the case method of teaching in the United States at HBS.

Also included are personal daily line diary entries and notes kep by Stone while he worked at the Office of Price Administration from 1942 to 1944; a Syracuse University course on Army Comptrollership, 1952-1954; and correspondence related to Stone's time investigating personal injury claims for the State Bar of California, 1963-1968. The diary entries kept during World War II give insight into a government employee at work and how the functioning operations of the government. Stone records meetings with colleagues, lunch outings, memos written and received, thoughts on colleagues, and war-time ration struggles.

Dates

  • 1942-1968

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

2 linear feet (5 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Robert Elwin Stone was born in Oakland, California in 1891. He earned a BA (1916) and JD (1924) at the University of California before entering the private practice of Fitzgerald, Abbot and Beardsley in Oakland, California from 1924-1927. He was served as professor of law at the University of California from 1927 to 1941. During World War II, Stone worked for the government, first as associate chief of the automobile rationing branch (1942-1943) and as historian of the history records branch (1943-1946) in the Office of Price Administration. From 1946 to 1950 he was professor of business law at Syracuse University, and from 1950-1954 the Dean of the School of Business Administration at Syracuse.

In 1954, he was appointed Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and concurrently as the American co-director of the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Istanbul. Stone spent five years living in Istanbul, while fostering and overseeing the Institute. He returned to California in 1959 and served as associate project director for the California State Special Commission on Insanity and Criminal Offenders. He later investigated personal injury claims for the State Bar of California. Stone died in 1971.

Physical Location

ARCFA
Author
Baker Library
Date
March 2019
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
bak00360

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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