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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 29

Franklin E. Folts papers

Scope and Contents

Between 1940 and 1941, Harvard Business School professor Franklin E. Folts taught Reserve Officers' Industrial Training Course Organization for Management Section, Industrial Mobilization, and Introduction to National Defense as part of officer training conducted jointly by the United States Armed Services and HBS. The papers consist of classrom teaching materials including tests, quizzes, reports, war time cases, syllabi, course information, student seating charts, and grade distribution.

Also included are cases on various corporations, companies, departments, and natural resources and the importance and contribution of those materials to the war effort. Some cases include corrections, annotations, or notes from Folts and all were used in class to teach about supply procurement efforts needed for the war. While all cases were printed and distributed between 1939-1941, some contain information going back to the early 1900s and a few even earlier, to the 19th and 18th centuries.


  • 1929-1941


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.


2 linear feet (5 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Franklin Erton Folts was born in Machias, New York 1893. He attneded Cornell University and University of Oregon. He taught artillery tactics in France during World War I. In 1920, he an instructor in business administration at the University of Oregon. In 1928, he joined the Harvard Business School as an associate professor of industrial management. He was appointed to a full professorship in 1939. Folts retired from the active faculty in 1959, but remained engaged as a professor emeritus well in to the 1970s. He died in 1978.

Physical Location

Baker Library
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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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