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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 58

Thomas R. Navin papers

Scope and Contents

The papers of HBS Assistant Professor of Business History Thomas R. Navin include correspondence, business history class syllabi, unpublished articles, and HBS cases dating from 1947-1955. The majority of the material is correspondence written to and from Navin to colleagues, business associates, and businessmen. Navin's correspondence relates to his pursuance of research projects, interviews, and primary source materials collected by Baker Library for research purposes. Also includes three student reports (one individual and two group) submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Business History.


  • 1947-1955


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.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Randall Navin, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1918. He graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1941 and promptly enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as an ensign. In 1946, he left the USNR as a Lieutenant and accepted a position of Instructor in Business History at HBS. In 1949, Navin was appointed Assistant Professor of Business History and Assistant Director of Research at HBS. Navin resigned from the HBS faculty in 1955 and moved to Arizona where he opened the Tucson Office Supply Company and taught business policy at the University of Arizona.

Physical Location

Baker Library
April 2019
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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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