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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 52.50.1

Jesse Markham research files


The Jesse Markham research files cover the years 1955 to 1985 and consists of publication materials. The subjects of the materials fit into Professor Markham's interest areas such as antitrust law and the petroleum industry.


  • 1955-1985


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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.


4.25 linear feet (10 boxes)
This collection includes the research files of Harvard Business School Professor Jesse W. Markham from 1955 to 1985. The materials are mainly print resources and publications collected and used by Markham to augment his areas of research and study. These include the petroleum, energy industry, pharmaceutical, and computer industries. There are reports on industry practices and futures as well as corporate antitrust case records. Several of Markham’s own publications are featured such as “Baseball Economics and Public Policy.” The remainder of the collection holds copies of conference proceedings and economic bibliographies.

Biographical / Historical

Jesse William Markham was born on April 16, 1916 in Sharps, Virginia. He attended the University of Richmond and earned a degree in economics in 1941. He began a graduate degree in economics at John Hopkins University in 1942. Markham deferred finishing his degree to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served for three years on the USS Augusta and saw action in the Atlantic theater during the invasion of Normandy. Upon his return, Markham finished his master’s degree in 1947 and a Ph.D. of economics in 1949 both at Harvard University.

Markham’s first faculty position was at Vanderbilt University. He worked as an associate professor from 1948 to 1952. In 1953 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asked Markham to serve as their chief economist. He served the FTC for two years under the Eisenhower administration. After leaving in 1955, Markham took a professorship at Princeton University. He taught there for the next ten years while also teaching at the Harvard Business School (HBS) as a visiting professor. In 1958 Markham also served as an economic delegate for the European Common Market, now called the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He briefly returned to the FTC as a Commissioner for one year in 1974.

Markham joined the HBS faculty in 1968 as the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration. His first teaching assignment was in the Advanced Management Program (AMP). He also taught an elective course, Marketing and Public Policy. From 1978 to 1982 he served as the head of Creative Marketing Strategies. Markham retired from the active faculty that year as a Professor Emeritus, but taught for two more years at Emory University at the Carter Center and at the Harvard Extension School. HBS honored Markham with a Distinguished Service Award in 1994.

During his career, Markham wrote 12 scholarly books and over 150 articles. His worked focused on price theory, industrial organization, and antitrust policy. Jesse Markham died June 21, 2009 in Nashua, New Hampshire at age 93.

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Processed: May 2019 By: Elise Riley
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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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