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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 21

J. Franklin Ebersole papers

Scope and Contents

The J. Franklin Ebersole papers consist of correspondence, HBS administrative records, class notes, course materials, conference materials, consulting and non HBS committee work, speeches, articles written, book research, and two early academic papers written by Ebersole.

The correspondence makes up the bulk of the records and includes letters to and from former and current students, colleagues, peers, and firms including banks and investment companies. The letters to and from students include requests for recommendations, thoughts on finance, investments, and banking, current events and general catching up. HBS administrative records include committee work, meeting minutes, and general work for Harvard University.


  • Creation: 1909-1943


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.


3 linear feet (7 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

John Franklin Ebersole was the Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Banking and Finance at Harvard Business School from 1930 to 1945. Ebersole was born in New York City in 1884. He received a BA from the University of Chicago in 1907 and an MA in economics from Harvard University in 1909. He lectured and taught economics, finance, and banking at the University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, Yale Law School, and Stanford University before appointed the Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Banking and Finance at Harvard Business School in 1930. Ebserole was regarded as a master of teaching the case method and was revered by his students. Ebersole died in 1945.

Physical Location


Baker Library
April 2019
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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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